Doors Open Ontario presenting sponsor
Doors Open Ontario presenting sponsor

Kawartha Lakes

in-person event information

Sunday, September 11, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Join us in person once again to experience Kawartha Lakes and its rich and exciting heritage! Take part in one of our driving tours and stops along the way to rediscover some of the hidden historical gems in our community.

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Boyd Heritage MuseumDoors Open Kawartha Lakes

Boyd Heritage Museum

The Boyd Heritage Museum in Bobcaygeon was founded to collect and exhibit information and artifacts related to the history of Bobcaygeon and the family of Mossom Boyd, the lumber baron whose business activities shaped the history of the village beginning in the mid-19th century. Come and explore the museum to learn about Bobcaygeon's past and the surrounding area.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Kid-friendly
  • Washrooms
  • Virtual tours

Contact info

21 Canal Street East
Bobcaygeon, Ontario
Email: info@theboydmuseum.com
https://www.theboydmuseum.com

Architecture

Year built: 1889
Building type: Museum
Architect: John Belcher

Dates/hours open

Sep 11 - Sep 11

Cherry Tree LodgeDoors Open Kawartha Lakes

Cherry Tree Lodge

Cherry Tree Lodge is one of the oldest and most unique summer cottages in Kawartha Lakes. Constructed in 1887 for Lindsay artist W.A. Goodwin, its distinctive octagonal design is intended to look like a tent and to integrate with the natural landscape. This is a rare opportunity to look around one of Kawartha Lakes' true architectural gems!

  • 2022 theme: Design
  • Parking

Contact info

19 Third Street
Sturgeon Point, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1887
Building type: Historical landmark Historical house Private residence

Dates/hours open

Sep 11 - Sep 11

Kawartha Lakes Museum & ArchivesDoors Open Kawartha Lakes

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Kawartha Lakes Museum & Archives

The newly renamed Kawartha Lakes Museum & Archives is located in the former Lindsay Jail, constructed in 1863, and showcases historical artifacts from Lindsay and the surrounding area. Come and experience the history of Kawartha Lakes with their range of exhibits as well as aspects of the former jail, such as the cell blocks that still exist inside the museum.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • 2022 theme: Design
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Virtual tours

Contact info

50 Victoria Avenue North
Lindsay, Ontario
https://www.oldegaolmuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1863
Building type: Government building Historical landmark Museum
Architect: William G. Storm

Dates/hours open

Sep 11 - Sep 11

Merrymac Antiques (formerly Argyle Blacksmith Shop)Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

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Merrymac Antiques (formerly Argyle Blacksmith Shop)

The Argyle Blacksmith's Shop is a rare example of a vernacular blacksmith's shop from the late 19th century in Kawartha Lakes. Located in the hamlet of Argyle, the building has served many uses over the years and is now home to Merry Mac Antiques, a popular stop for day-trippers, cottagers and locals alike.

  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking

Contact info

1611 Kawartha Lakes County Road 46
Argyle, Ontario
https://merrymacsantiques.com

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Sep 11 - Sep 11

Old Bethany Post OfficeDoors Open Kawartha Lakes

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Old Bethany Post Office

This post office, constructed in 1875, is one of the oldest restored freestanding post offices in Ontario. It has served many roles over the years and is now home to the Manvers Historical Society. Come and see what a post office looked like when mail was the way that people stayed connected. Join a plaque unveiling ceremony at 10 a.m.

  • Parking

Contact info

1480 Highway 7A
Bethany, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1875
Building type: Post office

Dates/hours open

Sep 11 - Sep 11

St. Mary's Roman Catholic ChurchDoors Open Kawartha Lakes

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St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church

St. Mary's Catholic Church is the centre of the Catholic community in Lindsay. The church was constructed in 1858 to serve the area's growing population and has continued to be an important community hub. The church underwent a significant mutli-million-dollar restoration in 2017 and will be open for you to experience its beautiful interior.

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

29 Russell Street East
Lindsay, Ontario
https://stmaryslindsay.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1858
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Sep 11 - Sep 11

Sturgeon Point Union ChurchDoors Open Kawartha Lakes

New

Sturgeon Point Union Church

The Sturgeon Point Union Church is one of a kind in Kawartha Lakes. Built in 1915 for the cottage community of Sturgeon Point and commissioned by Lady Clara Flavelle as a non-denominational church, the unique octagonal design is executed in post-and-beam construction with large windows and a high roof, which integrate it into the surrounding natural landscape.

  • Partial wheelchair access

Contact info

19 Irene Avenue
Sturgeon Point, Ontario
https://sturgeonpointchurch.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1915
Building type: Place of worship
Architect: Frank Wickson

Dates/hours open

Sep 11 - Sep 11

Williams Design StudioDoors Open Kawartha Lakes

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Williams Design Studio

Visit the Williams Design Studio – a historical, restored store, built in 1912, in downtown Bethany – and discover the works of Paul and Beverly Williams, as well as other local artists, which include a range of leather sculptural masks, belts and purses as well as brass and copper sculpture. Be sure to check out their Secret Garden!

  • 2022 theme: Design
  • Parking

Contact info

1470 Highway 7A
Bethany, Ontario
http://www.williamsdesignstudio.net

Architecture

Year built: 1912
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Sep 11 - Sep 11