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21 In-person Doors Open sites

Auchmar Manor HouseDoors Open Hamilton Region

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Auchmar Manor House

The Auchmar Estate is considered to be the last surviving country estate on Hamilton Mountain. It was built for the Honourable Isaac Buchanan, a local Scotsman, entrepreneur, politician and civic leader in 19th-century Canada. Visit this Gothic revival manor house and learn about its storied past before strolling the walled and landscaped grounds that surround it. No parking on site.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Kid-friendly
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms
  • Videos
  • Virtual tours
  • Kid-friendly
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

88 Fennell Avenue West (at West 5th Street)
Hamilton, Ontario
Email: Richard.Barlas@hamilton.ca
http://www.friendsofauchmar.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1852-54
Building type: Historical landmark Historical house

Dates/hours open

May 06 - May 07

Battlefield House Museum & Park National Historic SiteDoors Open Hamilton Region

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Battlefield House Museum & Park National Historic Site

Battlefield House Museum, part of which dates to 1796, was once home to the prominent Gage family. Learn about the stories of the people who built the house and the ongoing efforts to preserve and restore it. Explore the Dunington Grubb landscape (which includes the impressive Battlefield Monument) and hike around a 13.8-hectare (34-acre) patchwork of meadow and forest.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Videos
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

77 King Street West
Stoney Creek, Ontario
Email: Richard.Barlas@hamilton.ca
https://www.hamilton.ca/battlefield

Architecture

Year built: 1796
Building type: Attraction Historical landmark Historical house Museum

Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 07

Brewers Blackbird Kitchen and Brewery (Rousseau House)Doors Open Hamilton Region

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Brewers Blackbird Kitchen and Brewery (Rousseau House)

Built in 1837 by George B. Rousseau, this Ancaster building was once owned by painter Frank Panabaker. Now a designated heritage building, it has been renovated and turned into an upscale brewpub — retaining many original features — by owner Andy Kershaw and brewmaster Ken Wood whose automated system won a silver medal at the 2021 Canadian Brewing Awards.

  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse
  • Food vendors
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

375 Wilson Street East
Ancaster, Ontario
Email: contactusatbb@gmail.com
https://brewersblackbird.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1837
Building type: Commercial Food and drink

Dates/hours open

May 06 - May 07

Collins BrewhouseDoors Open Hamilton Region

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Collins Brewhouse

The Collins Hotel has been a fixture on King Street West in Dundas for almost 200 years. The classical revival façade and portico have been beautifully restored. Renovations have not damaged the character; the front exterior remains period correct. Constructed in 1841 by Irish immigrant Bernard Collins, The “Collins” continues as a mixed-use building in the heart of Dundas.

  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse
  • Food vendors
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

33 King Street West
Dundas, Ontario
Email: jl@collinsbrewhouse.ca
https://collinsbrewhouse.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1841
Building type: Commercial Food and drink

Dates/hours open

May 06 - May 07

Cotton Factory, TheDoors Open Hamilton Region

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Cotton Factory, The

Join us for an evening of food, dancing and shopping while you experience one of Hamilton's best examples of adaptive reuse. The Imperial Cotton Factory was taken over in 2014. Today, The Cotton Factory is a creative arts centre in the heart of lower Hamilton. Come and explore artists’ studios, artisan and vintage markets, and a beautifully restored 1900s factory.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms
  • Videos
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

270 Sherman Avenue North
Hamilton, Ontario
Email: laura@cottonfactory.ca
https://www.cottonfactory.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1900
Building type: Commercial Green building
Architect: E.B. Patterson

Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 07

Dundas Eateries TourDoors Open Hamilton Region

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Dundas Eateries Tour

This walking tour of historical “Dunda-licious” Dundas, conducted by local historian Stan Nowak, takes you to eateries, hotels, saloons and drinking emporiums — both past and present. Along the way, you will learn about what was there then, what's there now, and what's on the menu! This tour is guaranteed to satisfy the appetites for cultural heritage and hearty cuisine!

  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Parking

Contact info

Meet at 5 Ogilvie Street
Dundas, Ontario
Email: basil.cottage@sympatico.ca

Architecture

Year built: Various

Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

May 06 - May 07

Dundas Music HallDoors Open Hamilton Region

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Dundas Music Hall

Built in 1911, this hall was the town’s social centre until the mid-1940s, capable of seating 700 persons in the main hall, with a further 40 in the opera boxes and 100 in the main balcony, all on the second floor. Today, although the music hall is not in use, Café Domestique and India Village occupy the main floor.

  • Food vendors
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

102 King Street West
Dundas, Ontario
Email: kendra@cafedomestiique.com

Architecture

Year built: 1911
Building type: Commercial Food and drink Theatre
Architect: J.D. Pennington

Dates/hours open

May 06 - May 07

Dundurn National Historic Site - Dundurn CastleDoors Open Hamilton Region

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Dundurn National Historic Site - Dundurn Castle

Dundurn Castle is one of the finest examples of high regency-style architecture in the country. Constructed in the 1830s for Sir Allan Napier MacNab (railway magnate, lawyer and politician), the buildings deteriorated under subsequent owners, but were restored in the 1960s to their original splendour. Today, Dundurn Castle tells the story of the MacNabs and the people who served them.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms
  • Videos
  • Virtual tours
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

610 York Blvd.
Hamilton, Ontario
Email: Richard.Barlas@hamilton.ca
https://www.hamilton.ca/dundurn

Architecture

Year built: 1835
Building type: Historical landmark Historical house Museum
Architect: Robert Wetherell

Dates/hours open

May 06 - May 06

Erland Lee (Museum) HomeDoors Open Hamilton Region

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Erland Lee (Museum) Home

The Erland Lee (Museum) Home is a National Historic Site that serves to tell three stories: that of the Lee family, who lived in the home from 1808-1970, of the Stoney Creek community, and of the Women's Institute, which was founded in the home's dining room in February 1897. The Lee Home is a beautiful example of carpenter's Gothic architecture.

  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Contact info

552 Ridge Road
Stoney Creek, Ontario
Email: erlandleemuseum@fwio.on.ca
https://fwio.on.ca/erland

Architecture

Year built: 1808; 1860 (addition); 1873 renovations and carriage house addition
Building type: Attraction Historical landmark Historical house Museum
Architect: John Lee (1808); Abram Lee (1860 and 1873)

Dates/hours open

May 06 - May 07

Fieldcote Memorial Park & MuseumDoors Open Hamilton Region

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Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum

Fieldcote was built in 1948 as a private home on the outskirts of the former village of Ancaster. Today, as the village expands, it serves as a cultural heritage centre with an emphasis on local history and the promotion of fine arts. The idyllic setting is the perfect venue for music, with beautiful, landscaped gardens and walking trails.

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

Contact info

64 Sulphur Springs Road
Ancaster, Ontario
Email: fieldcote@hamilton.ca
https://www.hamilton.ca/fieldcote

Architecture

Year built: 1948
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

May 06 - May 06

Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology National Historic SiteDoors Open Hamilton Region

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Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology National Historic Site

The Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology is the site of the original 1859 Hamilton Waterworks. The museum features two 13.7-metre high (45 feet), 70-ton steam-powered pumping engines, which supplied the city with clean drinking water from 1859 to 1910. The pumping engines were made in Dundas and today are the oldest surviving examples of their kind in North America.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Videos
  • Virtual tours
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)

Architecture

Year built: 1859
Building type: Historical landmark Museum
Architect: Thomas Coltrin Keefer

Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 07

Keeping Room, TheDoors Open Hamilton Region

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Keeping Room, The

The Keeping Room is a cookery shop that carries tools for baking breads and desserts as well as pots, pans, knives and cookie cutters. The store occupies the stable that once housed Grafton's Dry Goods wagons. Made of local brick and maintaining most of its original character, The Keeping Room has been doing business in Dundas since 1976.

  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse
  • Parking

Contact info

6 Cross Street
Dundas, Ontario
Email: sunnybankcottage@gmail.com
https://www.thekeepingroom.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1860
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

May 06 - May 07

Kitchen Witch, The (Glen Campbell Dairy)Doors Open Hamilton Region

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Kitchen Witch, The (Glen Campbell Dairy)

This former dairy building was built by Frank C. Biggs, the then-Minister of Highways (1919-23) and named for his farm in Flamborough. The bust of an Ayrshire cow adorns the elegant parapet. The building housed the popular Valley City Dairy for many years and is now home to The Kitchen Witch, purveyors of linens, décor, antiques and curiosities.

  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse
  • Parking

Contact info

116 King Street West
Dundas, Ontario
Email: donna@cole.to
https://www.instagram.com/thekitchenwitchdundas

Architecture

Year built: 1928
Building type: Commercial Food and drink

Dates/hours open

May 06 - May 07

McMaster University Campus Architecture TourDoors Open Hamilton Region

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McMaster University Campus Architecture Tour

The McMaster Museum of Art has developed a self-guided walking tour that highlights architecture on the campus, with information about the history, evolution and styles of architecture along the way. Access the tour here, with photographs sourced from McMaster’s digital archives. You can follow the text descriptions or use headphones and be guided by recorded audio.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Food vendors
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Activities and games
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

Start at the McMaster Museum of Art on Sterling Street
Hamilton, Ontario
Email: shawl17@mcmaster.ca

Architecture

Year built: Various

Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

May 06 - May 07

Morden's Organic Farm StoreDoors Open Hamilton Region

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Morden's Organic Farm Store

This gorgeous Ontario vernacular cottage was built by descendants of the original settlers of Flamborough. The Morden family arrived in 1802. This building was constructed in the second wave of settlement when families were able to make more permanent structures, often made with stone. The farm continues to provide organic produce and meat in the adjacent market store.

  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse
  • Food vendors
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Parking

Contact info

801 Collinson Road
Greensville, Ontario
https://mordensorganicfarmstore.com

Architecture

Year built: 1855
Building type: Commercial Food and drink Private residence

Dates/hours open

May 06 - May 06

Nellie JamesDoors Open Hamilton Region

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Nellie James

Nellie James – a popular local gourmet-to-go and catering business — occupies this gable-fronted structure popular in the 19th century. Built of timber with board-and-batten siding, this building was originally a barn. But, over the years, it has been used for commercial — including a laundry in 1928 — and retail. Today, Nellie James provides chef-driven meals made of locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.

  • Food vendors
  • Parking

Contact info

144 King Street West
Dundas, Ontario
Email: jfwakabayashi@gmail.com
https://nelliejames.com

Architecture

Year built: 1890
Building type: Commercial Food and drink

Dates/hours open

May 06 - May 07

Picone Fine FoodDoors Open Hamilton Region

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Picone Fine Food

Opened in 1915, Picone Fine Food is the longest-running family-owned and -operated grocery store in Ontario. Theresa and Sharon Picone have maintained the high quality of food that was set by their parents and grandparents, with such specialties as aged balsamic, truffles, peppery olive oils and sea asparagus. The storefront and second floor are being restored to their 19th-century glory.

  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse
  • Food vendors
  • Parking

Contact info

34 King Street West
Dundas, Ontario
Email: piconesfoodmarket@hotmail.com
https://www.piconefinefood.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1843
Building type: Commercial Food and drink

Dates/hours open

May 06 - May 06

QuatrefoilDoors Open Hamilton Region

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Quatrefoil

The John Cowper House was home to a succession of prominent Dundas families. John Cowper was a furniture maker, and his son Willoughby had the first telephone in Dundas. The building is designated, and the current owners have turned it into a restaurant, which was voted in 2010 by EnRoute Magazine as one of Canada’s Top Ten Best New Restaurants.

  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse
  • Food vendors
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access

Contact info

16 Sydenham Street
Dundas, Ontario
Email: quatrefoilrestaurant@gmail.com
https://quatrefoilrestaurant.com

Architecture

Year built: 1860
Building type: Food and drink

Dates/hours open

May 06 - May 06

Scott Barnim PotteryDoors Open Hamilton Region

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Scott Barnim Pottery

This beautiful Georgian stone building was originally a private home for Walter Chisholm. Over the years, it has been owned by a succession of local families until it became a riding academy. It served as a riding academy until 1978, and now houses one of Dundas's fabulous potters. Most windows, doors, floors and details have been retained.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Parking

Contact info

15 Park Street East
Dundas, Ontario
Email: scott@scottbarnimpottery.com
https://scottbarnimpottery.com

Architecture

Year built: 1869
Building type: Commercial Historical house Private residence
Architect: Walter Chisholm

Dates/hours open

May 06 - May 06

Shawn & Ed Brewing CompanyDoors Open Hamilton Region

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Shawn & Ed Brewing Company

This 1885-86 building in the heart of historical Dundas has served as a foundry, indoor skating/curling rink, bus depot, warehouse and, since 2016, the Shawn & Ed Brewing Company. The wood post-and-beam/brick masonry structure has been preserved yet modernized with the latest in craft beer equipment. The brewery focuses on German-style lagers with an emphasis on quality and authenticity.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

65 Hatt Street
Dundas, Ontario
Email: taproom@lagershed.com
https://www.lagershed.com

Architecture

Year built: 1860s; renovated: 2015-16
Building type: Commercial Food and drink
Architect: Peter Brass, Hamilton (1885-86); Richard Todd Wilson (2015 renovation)

Dates/hours open

May 06 - May 07

Village Bakery Dundas, The (Dundas Post Office)Doors Open Hamilton Region

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Village Bakery Dundas, The (Dundas Post Office)

Midway along the retail section of King Street West is the post office. Built in 1911 in the Romanesque revival style, it remained the regional post office until the 1990s. Cornerstones, balustrades and impressive stone arches provide a perfect backdrop for retail establishments such as The Village Bakery, which occupies the site today with its breads, quiches and pies.

  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse
  • Food vendors
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

104 King Street West
Dundas, Ontario
Email: hotbuns@thevillagebakery.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1911
Building type: Post office

Dates/hours open

May 06 - May 06