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Doors Open Ontario:

Burlington

in-person event information

Saturday, August 10, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Explore our great city and learn all about Burlington's culture and heritage during Doors Open Burlington!

All of the participating sites offer FREE admission and onsite activities. This year, learn more about the Doors Open Ontario theme of adaptive reuse — showcasing heritage sites that have been repurposed to best serve their communities while retaining their heritage attributes.

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Land acknowledgement

Burlington as we know it today is rich in the history and modern traditions of many First Nations and Métis. From the Anishinaabeg to the Haudenosaunee and the Métis – the lands spanning from Lake Ontario to the Niagara Escarpment are steeped in Indigenous history.

The territory is mutually covered by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum belt covenant, an agreement made between the Iroquois Confederacy, the Ojibway and other allied Nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.

We would like to acknowledge that the land on which we gather is part of the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit.

The history of Burlington is rich and exciting. The original inhabitants — First Nations peoples — have thrived among the many natural advantages of this area for centuries.

(Source: City of Burlington)

History

The history of Burlington is complex and varied. Its original inhabitants — First Nations peoples — have thrived among the many natural advantages of this area for centuries.

In 1669, French explorer Sieur de La Salle landed where LaSalle Park is now located. Beginning in the late 1700s, European settlers arrived along Burlington’s beautiful lakefront. In 1784, Captain Joseph Brant was granted a large land area by King George III in recognition of his support for the British in the American Revolution (1775-83). His land was the start of the village of Wellington Square. United Empire Loyalists began to settle in Burlington after the American Revolution, too, followed by emigrants from the British Isles and Europe. New homesteaders cleared lots on which to farm and live. From 1820 to 1850, lumber was the area’s principal export; later, wheat was exported to Europe.

In 1873, the villages of Wellington Square and Port Nelson merged to become the Village of Burlington, which then became the Town of Burlington in 1914. By 1900, Burlington had evolved into a prosperous farming community with mixed farms and cash crops of fruit and vegetables. It was known as the Garden of Canada. It was soon a thriving town with a busy main street and boatways, railways, the Queen Elizabeth Way highway and the Skyway Bridge, which serviced several manufacturing facilities.

Burlington became a city in 1974 and remains a welcome place to raise a family. It is an inclusive community that celebrates its history while embracing its present as a city where people, nature and businesses thrive.

(Source: Burlington Historical Society, 2022)

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

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Contact information

3 In-person Doors Open sites

Appleby United ChurchDoors Open Burlington

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Appleby United Church

Appleby United Church is celebrating 200 years in Burlington! Various buildings have served the congregation over the years, with this one being constructed in 1959. It includes a small chapel with artifacts from previous church sites — including a communion table, officers’ chairs and a stained-glass window. During Doors Open, explore the Wall of History and enjoy some refreshments!

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed
  • Rental opportunities

Contact info

4407 Spruce Avenue
Burlington, Ontario
https://applebychurch.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1959
Building type: Place of worship
Architect: Hanks, Irwin & Pearson

Dates/hours open

Aug 10 - Aug 10

Burlington Model Railway ClubDoors Open Burlington

  • In-person Doors Open Ontario

Burlington Model Railway Club

Located in Hidden Valley Park, the Burlington Model Railway Club (BMRC) operates out of a building that was previously used as a swimming pool office and change house. During Doors Open, the BMRC's three model railway layouts will be running (weather permitting), featuring model railway equipment from the collections of its members. Fun for railway enthusiasts of all ages!

  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed

Contact info

1137 Hidden Valley Road
Burlington, Ontario
Email: info@burlingtonmodelrailwayclub.ca
https://www.burlingtonmodelrailwayclub.ca

Architecture

Year built: established in the 1980s
Building type: Educational facility Transportation

Dates/hours open

Aug 10 - Aug 10

Masjid HaltonDoors Open Burlington

  • In-person Doors Open Ontario

Masjid Halton

Masjid Halton is a beacon of light for Burlington’s Muslim community. Established by the Halton Islamic Association, it was built through the community’s hard work and dedication as a primary centre for prayer, learning and recreation. It offers a variety of religious and educational services and is actively working on establishing a new Islamic Centre in a northern Burlington suburb.

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

Contact info

4310 Fairview Street
Burlington, Ontario
Email: info@masjidhalton.com
https://masjidhalton.com

Architecture

Year built: established in the late 1980s; built in the early 1990s
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Aug 10 - Aug 10