Doors Open Ontario presenting sponsor
Doors Open Ontario presenting sponsor

Burlington

in-person event information

Saturday, September 10, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Doors Open Burlington will showcase the infrastructure and cultural landscapes that shape and define our community. Join us to catch a behind-the-scenes look at cultural and historical sites around Burlington. Explore our great city and discover the stories of Burlington.

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Community information

The history of Burlington is rich and exciting. Dive into Burlington’s history and the settlers that came here more than 300 years ago to learn about this community’s roots.

The many natural advantages of this area attracted Indigenous people long before the arrival of the first white settlers along the lakefront in the late 1700s. In 1784, the British granted a large land tract to Captain Joseph Brant in recognition of fighting on the side of the British in the American War of Independence. The sale by Brant of lots in his block marked the beginning of the area that evolved into what we know today as Burlington.

The wave of Loyalist settlers into this area as a result of the American Revolutionary War was followed by immigration from the British Isles and Europe. By 1900, Burlington had evolved into a prosperous farming community with mixed farms and cash crops of fruit and vegetables.

The agrarian period of Burlington’s history was marked by activities that have disappeared. Commercial canneries, ice harvesting and basket factories have been replaced by modern companies and high-tech industries that have brought an influx of residents.

From the first settlers to this area over 200 years ago, Burlington has grown into a highly successful urban area with an appealing quality of life. It boasts natural settings with 581 hectares (1,436 acres) of parkland and some of the best hiking in the world – as it is home to sections of the Bruce Trail and the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO-designated World Biosphere Reserve. The Waterfront Trail – part of the Niagara-on-the-Lake to Québec border trail – along with Spencer Smith Park gives you a front-row seat to panoramic views of Lake Ontario. The cream-coloured sandy beaches and tepid waters at Beachway Park are a hot ticket item all summer long. Burlington excels in public art, culture, and active living.

There’s lots to see and do in Burlington. Come and enjoy! For more information, visit Tourism Burlington.

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Become a volunteer

Since 1975, Burlington's volunteer program has been, and continues to play, an essential part in the development and implementation of the Museums of Burlington’s programs, events and activities – including Doors Open Burlington.

Museums of Burlington welcomes diversity and serves a large and diverse visitor base. This could be the right fit for you if you are looking for opportunities to:

  • Give back to your community
  • Seek professional development opportunities
  • Build skills and training
  • Gain experience that aligns with your education
  • Achieve your community hours

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, you can find more information on our website, or you can contact our Volunteer Program Administrator, Robin Hill at Robin.Hill@burlington.ca or 905-634-3556, ext. 323.

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COVID-19

Doors Open Burlington venues will comply with all Ontario public health measures and restrictions that are in place at the time of the event. Individual venues may choose to impose further restrictions, such as proof of vaccination, and it is up to visitors to verify requirements prior to their arrival.

For more information on COVID-19, visit the Halton Region Public Health website for updates related to the coronavirus and subscribe to the City of Burlington’s notifications.

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Contact information

Burlington Masonic CentreDoors Open Burlington

Burlington Masonic Centre

The Burlington Masonic Centre has been home to Freemasons and the Order of the Eastern Star since the 1860s, and several of Burlington's mayors have served as Master of their lodges over the years. During Doors Open, come and explore a Masonic lodge room, learn about the history of the world's largest fraternal organization, and ask questions of experienced guides.

  • Guided tours available
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

459 Brant Street
Burlington, Ontario

Architecture


Dates/hours open

Sep 10 - Sep 10

Burlington Performing Arts CentreDoors Open Burlington

New

Burlington Performing Arts Centre

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre (BPAC), a state-of-the-art, LEED Gold Certified facility designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, opened in September 2011. BPAC, the focal point for performing arts activity in Burlington, includes a 700-seat main stage, a 165-seat community studio theatre, spacious family lobby and an outdoor plaza. BPAC is a presenter, educator, rental facility and community hub.

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

Contact info

440 Locust Street
Burlington, Ontario
https://burlingtonpac.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2011
Building type: Attraction Theatre
Architect: Diamond Schmitt Architects

Dates/hours open

Sep 10 - Sep 10

Freeman StationDoors Open Burlington

Freeman Station

The Burlington Grand Trunk Railway Station, more commonly known as Freeman Station, was built in 1906 to replace the original two-storey station, which burnt down in 1904. Until it closed in 1988, Freeman Station was still transporting passengers and freight. Now a museum, it was restored and is managed by community volunteers, the Friends of Freeman Station.

  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

1285 Fairview Street
Burlington, Ontario
http://www.freemanstation.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1906
Building type: Transportation
Architect: Grand Trunk Railway

Dates/hours open

Sep 10 - Sep 10

Theatre BurlingtonDoors Open Burlington

New

Theatre Burlington

Since 1952, Theatre Burlington has been creating award-winning theatre. The playbill consists of three major full-length productions and a children’s play each season. Come and see how they create the magic of live theatre. Tour the costume rooms and get a sneak peak at the first production of the 2022-23 season.

  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

2311 New Street
Burlington, Ontario
https://www.theatreburlington.on.ca

Architecture

Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

Sep 10 - Sep 10