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Doors Open Ontario presenting sponsor

Cornwall and SDG Counties

in-person event information

Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21, 2022

Cornwall and SDG Counties are made up of seven unique municipalities steeped in history and brimming with local charm. Join us for Doors Open and discover some of our most historical sites.

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Community info

In the furthest reaches of Eastern Ontario, you’ll find Cornwall and SDG Counties. From the mid-sized city of Cornwall to the most picturesque villages like Williamsburg in the west and Williamstown in the east, there’s a timeless appeal here. Picture this: heritage buildings peppering the landscape, wondrous waterways that beckon boats, fishing rods and swimsuits, with endless swaths of forests to explore on foot, bike, snowshoes and skis.

All this serves as a beautiful, year-round backdrop for amenities, activities and adventures. Discover restaurants, wineries, breweries, beaches, boutiques, bass tournaments, bed-and-breakfasts and accommodations, music and theatre venues, cyclotourism routes, county fairs, lavender-picking farms, campgrounds … and more!

To learn more about all there is to see and do here, explore these Doors Open sites or visit Cornwall Tourism and SDG Tourism.

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Contact information

Aultsville Train StationDoors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

Aultsville Train Station

The Aultsville Train Station is a 19th-century wooden station, originally located in the lost village of Aultsville. It is the home to the Judy Neville British Home Child Museum about children who were sent to Canada as indentured labourers. Volunteers are on hand to answer questions, and artifacts and documents are also on display.

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

Contact info

13740 County Road 2
Morrisburg, Ontario
http://www.onteastbritishhomechildfamily.com

Architecture

Year built: 1866-89
Building type: Attraction Historical landmark Museum Transportation
Architect: Grand Trunk Railway

Dates/hours open

Aug 20 - Aug 21

Carman House MuseumDoors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

Carman House Museum

The Carman House Museum – a Georgian-era limestone cottage – was built c. 1815. The family was part of the Loyalist migration after the American Revolutionary War, receiving a land grant for their service to the Crown. It is also one of only two original buildings in Iroquois that were not moved for the 1950s construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway.

  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access

Architecture

Year built: 1815
Building type: Museum Private residence
Architect: Michael Carman III

Dates/hours open

Aug 20 - Aug 20

Cornwall Community MuseumDoors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

Cornwall Community Museum

This museum’s stone building was constructed in 1840 by the Wood family, United Empire Loyalists and one of Cornwall’s founding families. Three generations of the Wood family lived here until 1952 when Walter Wood, a bachelor, died. Several years later, it became a historical museum for Cornwall and SDG. In 2000, it was relocated to Cornwall’s beautiful Lamoureux Park.

  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

160 Water Street West
Cornwall, Ontario
https://cornwallcommunitymuseum.wordpress.com

Architecture

Year built: 1840
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Aug 20 - Aug 21

Cornwall Historical Walking TourDoors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

Cornwall Historical Walking Tour

This 6-kilometre (3.7-mile) self-guided walking tour is a voyage into Cornwall’s heritage, depicting events and points of interest from Cornwall’s past. The tour follows nearly 30 plaques erected along Cornwall’s waterfront, downtown and in parts of Le Village in the city’s east end – representing industrial links, the former Cornwall Canal and the founding of New Johnstown.

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

Contact info

Pick up a map and start your tour at the Cornwall Tourism info centre (100 Water Street East), or check the website
Cornwall, Ontario
https://cornwallcity.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapTour/index.html?appid=eb0c0eae694b400c8306e81cffeff4ec

Architecture

Year built: Various
Building type: Historical landmark
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Aug 20 - Aug 21

Cornwall Public LibraryDoors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

Cornwall Public Library

This former post office was retrofitted in 1997 and reopened as the Cornwall Public Library, a vibrant and popular community hub that offers many traditional and digital services. During Doors Open, two special tours will be offered to explore the basement and other parts of the building that are not normally accessible to the public. Registrations on their website required.

  • French services available
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

45 Second Street East
Cornwall, Ontario
https://www.library.cornwall.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1953
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Aug 20 - Aug 20

Glengarry Celtic Music Hall of Fame, TheDoors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

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Glengarry Celtic Music Hall of Fame, The

Glengarry County has a wealth of Celtic heritage. The Glengarry Celtic Music Hall of Fame, founded in 2003, honours individuals and groups who have contributed to the maintenance of the Celtic music culture in the county, including musicians and promotors. In addition to the recognition of the inductees, they also collect memorabilia relevant to the area’s music and culture.

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

Contact info

19687 William Street
Williamstown, Ontario
Email: glengarryceltic@gmail.com
https://glengarrycelticmusic.com

Architecture

Year built: Founded in 2003
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Aug 20 - Aug 21

Glengarry Nor'Westers and Loyalist MuseumDoors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

Glengarry Nor'Westers and Loyalist Museum

This Georgian-style building dates back to 1862. In 1967, it became a museum dedicated to depicting the story of Sir John Johnson and other Loyalists who settled in the area during the American Revolution. Special exhibits celebrate the bicentennial of the Williamstown Fair (the oldest agrarian fair in Canada) and the War of 1812.

  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Contact info

19651 County Road 17
Williamstown, Ontario
https://www.glengarrynorwestersandloyalistmuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1862
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Aug 20 - Aug 21

Glengarry Pioneer MuseumDoors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

Glengarry Pioneer Museum

Opened in 1962, the Glengarry Pioneer Museum has grown to include eight heritage buildings, including the Star Inn, a stagecoach stop in the 1860s. Its barroom is thought to be one of the oldest in Eastern Ontario. Other pioneer buildings on this site are the blacksmith shop, town hall, Orange Lodge, log barns, drive shed and cheese factory.

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

Contact info

1645 County Road 30
Dunvegan, Ontario
Email: info@glengarrypioneermuseum.ca
https://glengarrypioneermuseum.ca

Architecture

Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Aug 20 - Aug 21

Historic SDG JailDoors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

Historic SDG Jail

This county jail building was constructed in 1833 and remained operational until it was closed in 2002. The facility housed inmates from Cornwall and across the modern-day United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. The jail is home to many historical artifacts and displays; it is considered one of the oldest public structures in Ontario.

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

Contact info

11 Water Street West
Cornwall, Ontario
Email: tourism@sdgcounties.ca
https://www.historicsdgjail.com

Architecture

Year built: 1833
Building type: Attraction Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Aug 21 - Aug 22

Lost Villages MuseumDoors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

Lost Villages Museum

This site comprises 10 heritage buildings that were moved here by members of The Lost Villages Historical Society when the St. Lawrence Seaway was developed in 1958. Casualties of progress, the villages and hamlets disappeared under water but are remembered by former residents. The interiors and exteriors have been restored, and the buildings have been assembled in a village-like setting.

  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

16361 Fran Laflamme Drive (Ault Park)
Long Sault, Ontario
https://lostvillages.ca

Architecture

Year built: Various
Building type: Museum
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Aug 20 - Aug 21

Martintown Grist MillDoors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

Martintown Grist Mill

This mill along the banks of the Raisin River is a rare surviving example of a mid-19th century gristmill. It is also noteworthy for its early turbine-style technology that used horizontal waterwheels powered by a water course running through the building. The mill has a local history museum and hosts a farmers’ market and local artist exhibit in the summer.

  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms

Contact info

18544 County Road 18
Martintown, Ontario
https://www.facebook.com/MartintownMill

Architecture

Year built: 1846
Building type: Museum
Architect: Alexander McMartin

Dates/hours open

Aug 20 - Aug 21

Nativity Co-CathedralDoors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

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Nativity Co-Cathedral

The Nativity Co-Cathedral was the early nucleus of Cornwall's Francophone community and has been a dominant feature of Cornwall's skyline for over a century. The beautiful structure was designed and supervised by the second pastor of the parish, the Father Paul-Antoine DeSaunhac, a native of Toulouse, France. The first mass was celebrated here on Christmas Day 1891.

  • French services available
  • Parking

Contact info

300 Montreal Road
Cornwall, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1887-92
Building type: Historical landmark Place of worship
Architect: Father Paul-Antoine DeSaunhac

Dates/hours open

Aug 20 - Aug 21

Priests Mill Arts CentreDoors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

Priests Mill Arts Centre

This former gristmill, built in 1848 and the centre of commerce in Glengarry, currently houses the Priests Mill Arts Centre (PMAC). PMAC provides exhibition space as well as support and promotion for visual, literary and performing arts by regional artists. It is also a centre of glass art excellence that offers glass-learning experiences.

  • French services available
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms

Contact info

16 Mill Square
Alexandria, Ontario
https://www.facebook.com/PriestsMillArtsCentre

Architecture

Building type: Commercial
Architect: Father Alexander MacDonell

Dates/hours open

Aug 21 - Aug 22

Saunders Hydro Dam Visitor CentreDoors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

Saunders Hydro Dam Visitor Centre

Located on the banks of the St. Lawrence, the Saunders Hydro Dam Visitor Centre showcases the history of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project, as well as the communities and people affected. It also tells great biodiversity stories, like that of the American eel. Come and explore the informative interactive displays that make the site a key tourist destination.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Architecture

Year built: 2010
Building type: Commercial Green building
Architect: Thompson Rosemount Group

Dates/hours open

Aug 20 - Aug 21

St. John the Evangelist Anglican ChurchDoors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church

A small, cruciform, arts and crafts-style building complete with belfry and three bells, this church is an architectural gem. It was built on the McLennan Estate in 1898. Located on the South Service Road and surrounded by Glengarry Provincial Park and Lancaster Park, it is commonly known as "The Church in the Wildwood."

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

Contact info

20788 South Service Road
Lancaster, Ontario
https://www.saintlawrenceparish.org/st-john-the-evangelist

Architecture

Year built: 1898
Building type: Place of worship
Architect: John William Hurrell Watts

Dates/hours open

Aug 22 - Aug 22

St. Raphael's RuinsDoors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

St. Raphael's Ruins

In 1970, a fire consumed the church of St. Raphael’s, one of the earliest Roman Catholic churches in English-speaking Canada. Fortunately, the outer walls were spared and today its impressive scale and fine masonry work continue to attract tourists to the site. The ruins were declared a National Historic Site in 1999.

  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Parking
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

19998 County Road 18
South Glengarry, Ontario
https://saintraphaelsruins.com

Architecture

Year built: 1821
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Aug 21 - Aug 21

Trinity Anglican Church (Bishop Strachan Memorial)Doors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

Trinity Anglican Church (Bishop Strachan Memorial)

A church has been on this site since 1784, when Loyalists first settled here. The current church dates to 1876, dedicated to Bishop John Strachan. Built in the Gothic style, the building features marble floors, stained-glass windows, a Casavant organ, and plaques and memorials to early Cornwall citizens. Outside, the churchyard features graves dating back to the late 1700s.

  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

105 Second Street West
Cornwall, Ontario
https://www.saintlawrenceparish.org/trinity-church

Architecture

Year built: 1876
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Aug 20 - Aug 20

Upper Canada Migratory Bird SanctuaryDoors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

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Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Home to over 200 various bird species, this bird sanctuary is perfect for the experienced birder, environmental enthusiast or anyone who enjoys a relaxing and leisurely walk in the great outdoors. With over 8 kilometres (5 miles) of self-guided trails that take you through mature forested areas, wetlands and boardwalks, this is truly the best way to spend an afternoon.

  • French services available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access

Contact info

5591 Morrisons Road
Ingleside, Ontario
https://www.stlawrenceparks.com/to-do/camping/bird-sanctuary-campground

Architecture

Building type: Attraction

Dates/hours open

Aug 20 - Aug 21

YourTV CornwallDoors Open Cornwall and SDG Counties

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YourTV Cornwall

YourTV is continuing the tradition of producing local community television in Cornwall, a medium that has been part of Cornwall life for half a century. Stop by the YourTV studio on Saturday during Doors Open to get a first-hand look at the editing room and studio where the magic of television comes to life!

  • Guided tours available
  • Parking

Contact info

517 Pitt Street
Cornwall, Ontario
https://www.yourtv.tv/cornwall

Architecture


Dates/hours open

Aug 20 - Aug 20