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Digital Doors Open Oshawa

Explore some traditional Doors Open Oshawa sites without having to leave home. The following sites offer tours, videos and activities that will engage people of all ages.

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12 Digital Doors Open sites

All or Nothing BrewhouseDoors Open Oshawa

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All or Nothing Brewhouse

Established in 2014, All or Nothing Brewhouse produces a wide variety of craft beer on site in the historical Ritson Road Beer Store that was built in the 1950s (check out this original newspaper article from the Daily Times-Gazette). During COVID-19, the brewery has been busy producing ethanol for hand sanitizer for the residents of the Durham Region. The retail and online beer store are now open, so check their website for information. Learn more about the history of All or Nothing through the section called Our Story. Take a virtual tour around the brewhouse to see the larger-than-life production equipment. Or watch a beer production video below – and learn how All or Nothing goes from barley to beer can.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • Virtual tours

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439 Ritson Road South
Oshawa, Ontario
Email: bottleshop@allornothing.beer
https://www.allornothing.beer

Architecture

Year built: 1950; established in 2014
Building type: Commercial Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Nov 30 - Nov 30

Intrepid Park, Camp XDoors Open Oshawa

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Intrepid Park, Camp X

This memorial is dedicated to the men and women employed at the British spy training school located here during the Second World War. Over 500 special agents trained here to go behind enemy lines and “set Europe ablaze,” as dramatized in CBC Television’s X Company. During Doors Open, join expert Lynn Philip Hodgson for guided tours (terrain can be difficult).

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

2008 Boundary Road
Oshawa, Ontario
Email: info@camp-x.com
http://www.camp-x.com/camp-x.html

Architecture

Year built: 1941
Building type: Attraction Historical landmark Military
Architect: Canadian Corps of Engineers

Dates/hours open

Sep 24 - Sep 24

Lakeview ParkDoors Open Oshawa

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Lakeview Park

One hundred years ago, the McLaughlin family bought 17 hectares (44 acres) of lakefront in the name of General Motors and deeded it to the Town of Oshawa for $1 – to be used as a public park. A streetcar travelled down Simcoe Street to the lake, a zoo was established in 1924, and a dance pavilion was built in 1927 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Confederation. A museum opened in 1960 and has since grown to include three original buildings dating from the 1840s and 1850s. The park now hosts the annual Canada Day celebrations as well as sports tournaments and beach volleyball. View the 100th anniversary activities or listen to a YouTube podcast below with even more historical tidbits. Be sure to visit the Oshawa Museum’s Lakeview Park – Celebrating 100 extensive online exhibit and be sure to share your memories.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos

Contact info

1500 Simcoe Street South
Oshawa, Ontario
Email: service@oshawa.ca
https://www.oshawa.ca/index.asp

Architecture

Year built: Established in 1920

Dates/hours open

Nov 30 - Nov 30

Ontario Regiment MuseumDoors Open Oshawa

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Ontario Regiment Museum

Located on the south field of the Oshawa Executive Airport, this museum is home to Canada's largest collection of operational, historical military vehicles. View artifacts from Durham Region's Ontario Regiment from 1866 to present. Explore the Military Vehicle Conservation Centre. Check out the Tank Arena and maybe book a ride. Adjacent to the museum is Oshawa's first heritage conservation district.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • Virtual tours
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

1000 Stevenson Road North (Airport South Field)
Oshawa, Ontario
Email: info@ontrmuseum.ca
https://www.ontrmuseum.ca/tankmuseum

Architecture

Building type: Attraction Military Museum

Dates/hours open

Sep 24 - Sep 24

Oshawa Public Libraries - McLaughlin BranchDoors Open Oshawa

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Oshawa Public Libraries - McLaughlin Branch

Forming part of Oshawa’s Civic Centre, this library was a gift of R.S. McLaughlin in 1954. Architect Arthur Eadie was influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright in his design of the library, now Oshawa’s central branch. The inside vestibule includes walls of Italian marble and a circular staircase, above which is a gold inscription to the generous donor. As part of Digital Doors Open, check out the online exhibit on the History of the Oshawa Public Library. In the Local History Room, you will find a growing collection of materials relating to historical events, places and people (as highlighted in this virtual tour). Some of these materials are also available online through the Internet Archive and in the Heritage Images collection. The library also regularly hosts programs on local history topics. Most recently, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Lakeview Park, the library has showcased the Oshawa in the Roaring Twenties video shown below. Note: While the library has reopened to the public, the Local History Room remains closed. (Check their website for COVID-related protocols before visiting.)

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tours
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

65 Bagot Street
Oshawa, Ontario
https://oshlib.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1954
Building type: Library
Architect: Arthur H. Eadie

Dates/hours open

Nov 30 - Nov 30

Oshawa Union CemeteryDoors Open Oshawa

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Oshawa Union Cemetery

Many famous people from Oshawa's and Canada's past are interred in the Oshawa Union Cemetery, formerly Thornton's Burying Ground. Oshawa Museum’s podcast below highlights the history of the cemetery. Today, the site covers 12 hectares (32 acres) and includes private mausoleums and a Gothic-revival chapel. The central mausoleum was built in 1924 and features an ornate marble interior and hand-painted stained-glass windows. As part of Digital Doors Open, explore the online interactive map – a new, searchable resource of burials. The gravestones are also of particular interest: explore the iconography on the monuments and learn about the rare white bronze markers. Listen to a video podcast about Oshawa in the 1860s and learn the story of local blacksmith Captain George Prentice and his involvement in the Fenian Raids.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

760 King Street West
Oshawa, Ontario
https://www.oshawa.ca/residents/union-cemetery-services.asp

Architecture

Year built: 1837
Building type: Cemetery

Dates/hours open

May 01 - Mar 31

Oshawa Valley Botanical GardensDoors Open Oshawa

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Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens

The Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens is a unique attraction. It combines the dedicated gardens of the Parkwood National Historic Site with the scenic terrain of the Oshawa Valley Creek Trail system. A collaboration between students from Durham College’s School of Media Art & Design and TeachingCity, this park features a virtual experience for desktop and mobile. Explore the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens in person or online through QR codes, virtual tours, and point-to-point trail animations. (For Digital Doors Open, you can also watch the YouTube video below on the City’s Virtual Peony Festival.) This immersive experience brings together the beauty of the park with information on the art, history and contributors of its many sites. TeachingCity brings together the City of Oshawa and its teaching and research partners – Canadian Urban Institute, Durham College, Ontario Tech University, Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area, and the University of Toronto’s Facility of Applied Science & Engineering. The partners focus on and address Oshawa’s urban issues through innovation, collaboration, applied research and shared experiential learning opportunities.

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

Contact info

155 Arena Street
Oshawa, Ontario
https://ovbg2019.github.io/ovbg-doo

Architecture


Dates/hours open

Nov 30 - Nov 30

Parkwood National Historic SiteDoors Open Oshawa

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Parkwood National Historic Site

Parkwood National Historic Site was home to R.S. McLaughlin and his family. The 55-room mansion is surrounded by a 4-hectare (12-acre) garden. Watch this video for an overall introduction to the site, or view a slideshow of the McLaughlin family enjoying the gardens. In the 1920s, H.B. and L.A. Dunington-Grubb, founders of Sheridan Gardens, created spectacular outdoor garden rooms – including the distinct Sunken Garden and Italian Garden, as well as the Pergola and Sundial Garden. In 1935-36, John Lyle created the Formal Garden, with its terrace, fountains and art deco-style pavilion. Below, Ken Shaw narrates Khaki at Parkwood: Whiskey, Espionage and the Maple Leaf – a dramatization of the McLaughlins and their wartime connection to Camp X, another Digital Doors Open Oshawa site. Note: Parkwood has now reopened for tours. Please visit their website for full details.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

270 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, Ontario
Email: info@parkwoodestate.com
https://www.parkwoodestate.com

Architecture

Year built: 1915
Building type: Historical house
Architect: Darling and Pearson, H.B. and L.A. Dunington-Grubb, and John Lyle

Dates/hours open

Nov 30 - Nov 30

Regent Theatre Ontario Tech UniversityDoors Open Oshawa

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Regent Theatre Ontario Tech University

The Regent Theatre, built in 1919, has a Georgian façade. One of Oshawa’s few remaining examples of this classically inspired style, the building was designated in 2001 and reopened in 2010 for the Ontario Tech University, as well as for community and cultural events. The restored interior boasts eye-catching historical details as well as chairs wired for the 21st century.

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

Contact info

44-52 King Street East
Oshawa, Ontario
Email: events@uoit.ca
http://regenttheatre.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1919; designated in 2001
Building type: Theatre
Architect: John McNee Jeffrey

Dates/hours open

Sep 24 - Sep 24

Robert McLaughlin Gallery, TheDoors Open Oshawa

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Robert McLaughlin Gallery, The

The original gallery (1969) was a square, stone, modernist structure. In 1987, architect Arthur Erickson designed an expansion that added an additional 3,345 square metres (36,000 square feet) to meet the growing needs of the gallery and the community. Erickson built his newly designed space around the existing structure, incorporating the original stone façade into the dramatic lobby design.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tours
  • Activities and games
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

72 Queen Street
Oshawa, Ontario
https://rmg.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1969; Erickson addition 1987
Building type: Museum Gallery
Architect: Arthur Erickson

Dates/hours open

Sep 24 - Sep 24

Simcoe Street United ChurchDoors Open Oshawa

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Simcoe Street United Church

Simcoe Street United Church

Built in 1867 in the Gothic revival style, Simcoe Street United Church is Oshawa's oldest church. It’s no wonder it has ghost stories to tell. Lancet-arched openings and a polygonal spire with pinnacles and dormers embellish the exterior. A pressed-tin ceiling, 11-metre (36-foot) high ornamental timber arches and a Casavant organ dominate the interior.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • Virtual tours

Contact info

66 Simcoe Street South
Oshawa, Ontario
https://www.ssuc.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1867-68
Building type: Place of worship
Architect: Gundry & Langley

Dates/hours open

Sep 24 - Sep 24

Windfields Farm LegacyDoors Open Oshawa

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Windfields Farm Legacy

In 1927, R.S. McLaughlin (President of General Motors Canada) established these lands as Parkwood Stables and sold it in 1950 to E.P. Taylor, who bred championship horses at Windfields Farm. Ontario Tech University now owns the land. The Windfields Farm Legacy aims to preserve and educate by telling the story of E.P. Taylor, Northern Dancer, Northern Dancer Cemetery, Trillium Cemetery and the Windfields Stone House. Northern Dancer, one of the most recognized names in horse racing to this day, was a Windfields Farm-born, Canadian-bred thoroughbred racehorse who won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness stakes, among other races, and became the most successful sire of the 20th century. He is the only equine to be inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. As part of Digital Doors Open, watch the video below to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Northern Dancer’s death.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos

Contact info

2370 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1950
Building type: Cemetery Historical landmark Historical house

Dates/hours open

May 01 - Mar 31