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Whitby

Event information

Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Join us for this free, annual one-day event that showcases the buildings, history, natural spaces, infrastructure, cultural landscapes and people that shape and define the communities of Brooklin and Whitby! With 12 Sites and two walking tours to choose from, you will discover something new in our community! Go behind the scenes of some of the most historically significant sites that Whitby has to offer. Explore various historical locations and learn about the people and places that have helped shape Whitby and Brooklin. Hear stories of our past that take us to present day.

Bring a camera to capture your adventures! Tag us in your photos @TownOfWhitby and share on Facebook or Twitter with #WhitbyDoorsOpen.

Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring binoculars to get a good glimpse of birds and other wildlife!

Follow the Doors Open signs; they'll lead you where you need to go. Ask questions! Site volunteers are happy to share their knowledge.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant or visit many of our great downtown shops … and, above all, have fun!

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Community information

Plan your trip with our interactive Google map, which can be found on our website. Plan in advance and account for travel time between sites. Limited parking is available at some sites; see the site listings for more information. On-street parking is available – please obey all parking signs and bylaws.

The Doors Open Whitby brochure will be available for pick-up at any town facility by April 2019. If you are not local but plan to visit our community, please contact the Town of Whitby to get a copy.

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Become a volunteer

Doors Open Whitby is heavily supported by volunteers. If you’re passionate about local history, or have a penchant for talking to people, this event is for you!

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

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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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1855 Whitby Doors Open Whitby

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1855 Whitby

This building served as the Ontario County Land Registry Office from 1873 until 1987. It was part of a block that included the Ontario County Courthouse and the Ontario County Gaol. Come and see how this heritage building has been refreshed and adapted to support the growth of Durham Region’s rapidly growing innovation ecosystem – Whitby’s first accelerator hub!

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

400 Centre Street South
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Year built: 1873
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Brooklin Heritage Walking Tour Doors Open Whitby

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Brooklin Heritage Walking Tour

Bring your walking shoes as Whitby’s Heritage Planner and the Brooklin Heritage Society guide you through this historical village. Take in the neighborhood, meet the business owners, connect with neighbours, hear stories and discover unseen aspects of this community. Meet at the Brooklin Legion hall – originally a hotel, and later the Temperance House when liquor sales in hotels became prohibited.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

Meet at 56 Baldwin Street
Brooklin, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: tours depart at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. only

Cranberry Marsh (Lynde Shores Conservation Area) Doors Open Whitby

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Cranberry Marsh (Lynde Shores Conservation Area)

The Lynde Shores Conservation Area includes Cranberry Marsh and Lynde Marsh. Historically an Indigenous hunting ground, it is now a significant breeding habitat and important migratory stopover. During Doors Open, wear sturdy footwear to walk the accessible gravel trail and explore the Cranberry Marsh – including touch-table displays. Try your hand at feeding the friendly chickadees. Bring your camera!

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

Halls Road South and Victoria Street West
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Year built: Established in 1972
Landscape: Conservation area, Trail

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

GO Whitby Rail Maintenance Facility Doors Open Whitby

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GO Whitby Rail Maintenance Facility

GO Transit’s new 46,451-square-metre (500,000-square-foot) state-of-the-art facility – built to LEED Gold certification standards – provides the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area with fast, convenient and integrated transit. Stop by this site during Doors Open and see what goes into keeping GO trains in shape, and see how they get that perfect shade of green in the Paint Shop.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

625 Victoria Street East
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Year built: 2018
Architect: Plenary Group
Building type: Commercial, Green building, Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

James Rowe House Doors Open Whitby

James Rowe House

This frame house – built for James Rowe, Whitby’s first mayor – is one of the finest surviving examples of early building at Port Whitby. The house contains the original interior central hall floor plan. Relocated in 1999, the house is now a museum run by the Whitby Community Heritage Association. As part of Doors Open, enjoy the vintage camera display.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

301 Front Street West
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Year built: c. 1856
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Museum, Private residence
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kids' Safety Village Durham Doors Open Whitby

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Kids' Safety Village Durham

This community-based site was supported by donations, services and materials from local businesses, citizens and service clubs. Following 2018 renovations, the site now includes two full classrooms and welcomes over 15,000 students annually. Come and explore this kid-sized version of a real town – featuring small-scale buildings, detailed roadways, and more! Meet community partners to learn more about programs offered here.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

1129 Athol Street
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Year built: 1996
Building type: Attraction, Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences Doors Open Whitby

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences

The original hospital, designed by James Govan, was built to house convalescing First World War soldiers. The current facility was modernized in 1996 (the Doctors’ Residence is all that remains of Govan’s original), and delivers innovative mental health care. During Doors Open, visitors can explore vendors, an arts workshop, historical artifacts and photographs, and the Family Resource Centre.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

700 Gordon Street
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Year built: 1911
Architect: 1911 (James Govan); 1996 (Crang and Boake, Cannon and Moffat Kinoshita)
Building type: Healthcare facility
Landscape: Landscape, Trail

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Spencer School Community Centre Doors Open Whitby

Spencer School Community Centre

The Spencer School Community Centre stands on the original location of a log schoolhouse (replaced in 1877 by the current building) that served rural residents northwest of Brooklin. The school closed in 1965 but reopened in 1967 as this community centre. During Doors Open, join a professional archaeological team and see what treasures you might find in the school yard.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

7035 Country Lane
Brooklin, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Year built: 1877
Building type: Historical landmark, Schoolhouse
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Trafalgar Castle School Doors Open Whitby

Trafalgar Castle School

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: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

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

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Vickery Electric Doors Open Whitby

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Vickery Electric

Emmanuel Sleep from Cornwall, England purchased 57 acres here in 1879. Within three years, he had built this farmhouse with bricks from Toronto’s Don Valley Brick Yard; the staircase and library bookcases were made of black oak. Sleep eventually owned 500 acres, making him one of the area’s wealthiest farmers. During Doors Open, see how the property/business has been transformed.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

601 Victoria Street East
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Year built: 1879
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Commercial, Historical house, Private residence
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

W. Galen Weston Centre for Food (Durham College) Doors Open Whitby

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W. Galen Weston Centre for Food (Durham College)

This Centre is home to Durham College’s culinary, food and farming, horticulture, hospitality and special events management programs. The building boasts numerous features – including an apiary, apple orchard, gardens and greenhouses – and provides fresh food each year for use in the college’s kitchens and laboratories. During Doors Open, join facility and garden tours, or grab a bite at The Pantry.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

1604 Champlain Avenue (Durham College, Whitby Campus, 2nd floor)
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Year built: 2013
Building type: Educational facility, Food and drink, Green building

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Whitby Central Library Doors Open Whitby

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Whitby Central Library

This library was designed with a dynamic relationship between the interior and outdoor public spaces. During your Doors Open visit, you'll learn about all the building features that put the environment and technology top of mind. Get an inside look at the boiler room, pool room and computer systems area, and see where the archivist keeps the most historical documents.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

405 Dundas Street West
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Year built: 2005
Architect: Shore Tilbe Irwin and Partners
Building type: Educational facility, Library

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Whitby Fire and Emergency Services Headquarters Doors Open Whitby

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Whitby Fire and Emergency Services Headquarters

The first full-time firefighters were hired by the Whitby Fire Department in 1970. In 1998, they changed their name to Whitby Fire and Emergency Services, officially opening on September 21, 1999. Today, it operates five fire halls. During Doors Open, kids are invited to complete the Junior Firefighter obstacle course and experience simulated activities of a real firefighter!

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

111 McKinney Drive
Whitby, Ontario
Telephone: 905-668-5803
Email: events@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/en/residents/doorsopenwhitby.asp

Architecture

Year built: 1995
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday May 4, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.