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Whitby

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Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Join us for this one-day, annual, free event that explores the history and the people of Brooklin and Whitby!

Explore various historical locations and learn about the people and places that helped to build Whitby and Brooklin. Hear stories of our past that take us to present day, and go behind the scenes of some of the most historically significant sites Whitby has to offer.

Eleven sites to visit and two guided walking tours – get your feet on the streets and discover something new in your community!

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How to get here

Driving: Take exit 410 from Highway 401 and drive north on Brock Street. Sites run from the south at Boundary Road, throughout the downtown core and beyond. See the map for full details.

Parking: Residents are encouraged to use active transportation to access this event. Limited parking is available in town-owned lots for $1 per hour. A list of lots can be found here. On-street parking is available in downtown Whitby and Brooklin. Please obey all parking signs and bylaws.

Transportation: Residents are encouraged to walk, bike or use other forms of active transportation to access the site locations. This event is pedestrian focused in the condensed downtown areas.

Durham Region Transit: DRT route 302 Baldwin-Brock will take you within walking distance of most of the sites. More information on routes and trip planning is available on the Durham Region Transit website.

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Become a Doors Open Whitby host site

Contact Corporate Communications, Special Events Office, by email or phone 905-430-4306 to find out how you can have your location featured.

Volunteer opportunities

Information about the many volunteer opportunities at all Town of Whitby events can be found on our Volunteers page.

Sponsorship opportunities

Aspects of most Town of Whitby events are sponsored by local businesses and community organizations. To find out how your organization can contribute to Family Day, contact the Manager of Advertising and Sponsorship Sales by email or phone 905-430-4300, ext. 7488.

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Contact info

Telephone: 905-430-4306
Email: events@whitby.ca
Website: http://whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

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13 sites found

360insights Doors Open Whitby

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360insights

Located in the former R.A. Sennett Public School, 360insights is a tech company specializing in creating, managing and measuring incentives programs. Built between 1920 and 1921, 360insights renovated and restored this 97-year-old school building in 2017; it now serves as the company’s tech campus.

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  • Parking

Contact info

300 King Street
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-430-4306
Email: events@whitby.ca
https://360insights.com

Architecture

Year built: 1921
Architectural style: Classical revival
Building type: Commercial, Schoolhouse

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Abilities Centre Doors Open Whitby

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Abilities Centre

The Abilities Centre is a 11,613-square-metre (125,000-square-foot) facility that offers sports, fitness, arts and life-skills programming, as well as education opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. It is recognized as an International Centre of Excellence for its fully accessible design. The Centre is focused on bringing together families, friends and neighbours in the spirit of inclusion and opportunity.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

55 Gordon Street
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-430-4306
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.abilitiescentre.org

Architecture

Year built: 2012
Architect: B+H Architects
Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Green building

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Camp X Memorial, Intrepid Park Doors Open Whitby

Camp X Memorial, Intrepid Park

Located on the shore of Lake Ontario, the memorial to Camp X at Intrepid Park is dedicated to the men and women who were employed at the British Security Coordination spy training school and communications centre located here during the Second World War. The buildings associated with the site have been demolished or relocated. The memorial was erected in 1984.

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  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

2008 Boundary Road
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-430-4306
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.camp-x.com/camp-x.html

Architecture

Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Military
Landscape: Park, Trail

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Centennial Building Doors Open Whitby

Centennial Building

The Ontario County Courthouse was built between 1852 and 1854. By 1964, however, the building had become too small to accommodate the county’s needs and a new courthouse was built on Rossland Road. In 1967, with assistance from the Canada Centennial Project, the original courthouse was reopened as a community centre known as the Whitby Centennial Building.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Women's history

Contact info

416 Centre Street South
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-430-4306
Email: events@whitby.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1852-54
Architect: Frederic Cumberland et William Storm, Toronto
Architectural style: Classical revival
Building type: Attraction, Courthouse, Historical landmark, Theatre
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Downtown Walking Tour Doors Open Whitby

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Downtown Walking Tour

Presented in collaboration with the Downtown Whitby Business Improvement Area and Jane’s Walk. Meet outside of the Whitby Public Library (in front of Celebration Square) and wear your walking shoes! Explore the historical downtown and meet business owners, connect with neighbours, hear local stories and discover all of what downtown Whitby has to offer. Please dress according to the weather.

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Contact info

Meet at 405 Dundas Street West
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-430-4306
Email: events@whitby.ca
https://janeswalk.org

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5, 2018
Saturday: walking tour starts at 2 p.m.

Heritage Walking Tour Doors Open Whitby

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Heritage Walking Tour

Presented in collaboration with Jane’s Walk. Discover unseen aspects of our community. Join us at 10 a.m. near the Centennial Building's main entrance for a walking tour of Whitby's historical neighbourhood. (Meeting spot will be marked.) The tour encompasses part of the original plan of the subdivision owned by Asa Werden in 1854. Wear walking shoes.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

Meet at 416 Centre Street South
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-430-4306
Email: events@whitby.ca
https://janeswalk.org

Architecture

Architectural style: Classical revival, Queen Anne, Victorian
Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Courthouse, Historical house, Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5, 2018
Saturday: 10 to 11 a.m.; tour starts promptly at 10 a.m.

Lynde House Museum Doors Open Whitby

Lynde House Museum

This house was built around 1812 for Jabez Lynde, an early Whitby pioneer. It is a rare example of the Georgian or Loyalist architectural style. It has been a museum since 1972 and was moved to its current location in 2014. Enjoy all that the museum has to offer by taking an informative tour with one of our guides.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

910 Brock Street South
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-430-4306
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.lyndehousemuseum.com

Architecture

Year built: 1812
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Museum, Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Racic Family Home Doors Open Whitby

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Racic Family Home

This house was built between 1908 and 1909 for the family of Peter Mathison. Its architecture reflects the simple, balanced and classical characteristics of the Edwardian style. The current owners - the Racic family - welcome you to explore their home in this picturesque, heritage neighbourhood.

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  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

504 Centre Street South
Whitby, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1909

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ringwood Manor Doors Open Whitby

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Ringwood Manor

This house was constructed in 1876 for Barnabus Gibson, a railway contractor. Known as Ringwood, the house is architecturally significant and was designated under the Ontario Heritage Act in 1982. After several years of neglect, a flood and a fire in the early 2000s, Ringwood was restored in 2011 by Dr. Nihad Ali-Ridha. It is now used as commercial space.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

1601 Hopkins Street
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-430-4306
Email: events@whitby.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1876

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Town Hall Doors Open Whitby

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Town Hall

Whitby’s Town Hall was officially opened on January 8, 1977. Architect Raymond Moriyama hoped that the building would become the “beating heart of Whitby.” During Doors Open, stop by to see rare local artifacts, and learn about the Talking Historical Plaques application. At 2 p.m., join Lynn Philip Hodgson in the Council Chambers for a special Camp X presentation.

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Contact info

575 Rossland Road East
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-430-4306
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1976
Architect: Raymond Moriyama

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; special presentation by Lynn Philip Hodgson in Council Chambers at 2 p.m.

Trafalgar Castle and Head of Schools, The Cottage Doors Open Whitby

Trafalgar Castle and Head of Schools, The Cottage

Trafalgar Castle was originally built for Ontario County’s notorious sheriff Nelson Gilbert Reynolds by Toronto architect Joseph Sheard. Reynolds went bankrupt in 1874 and sold the building to the Methodist Church of Canada, which turned it into the Ontario Ladies’ College. Today, it operates as a private girls’ school. The principal’s residence was converted from a carriage house in 1877.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

401 Reynolds Street
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-430-4306
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.trafalgarcastle.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1859-62
Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Historical landmark, Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 5, 2018
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.