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Doors Open Ontario presenting sponsor

Oshawa

in-person event information

Saturday, September 24, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What story will you discover? Oshawa's narratives range from automotive to Second World War espionage. See works by famous architects and explore museum and art collections that are unique to Canada. Celebrate our history. Visit our cultural treasures.

From heritage gardens to the latest technology ... prepare to be amazed!

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Biltmore Theatre, TheDoors Open Oshawa

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Biltmore Theatre, The

The Biltmore Theatre chain was owned by the affluent Okun Brothers of Toronto; this was the first Biltmore Theatre constructed in Ontario. The street-facing façade of this classic building features smooth cut stone. Within the upper façade are recessed narrow windows with linear horizontal decorations. Today, The Biltmore is a live-music and entertainment venue with an unique 1940s-era upstairs lounge.

  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

39 King Street East
Oshawa, Ontario
Email: info@biltmoretheatre.com
https://www.biltmoretheatre.com

Architecture

Year built: 1930-40
Building type: Theatre
Architect: Wilbur Ralph Webb, Alex Blythe and Wallace C. Sproule

Dates/hours open

Sep 24 - Sep 24

Intrepid Park, Camp XDoors Open Oshawa

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
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • 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

Islamic Centre of OshawaDoors Open Oshawa

Islamic Centre of Oshawa

The first mosque built in Oshawa is reminiscent of the Ottoman Empire. Ornamental crescent moons enhance both the main prayer hall dome and the dome atop the minaret. During Doors Open, guided tours and free refreshments will be available. In addition, a display will highlight Islamic history. Shoes are to be removed before entering the prayer hall.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

23 Lloyd Street
Oshawa, Ontario
Email: info@oshawamosque.com
https://oshawamosque.com

Architecture

Year built: 2012
Building type: Place of worship
Architect: Array International Architects

Dates/hours open

Sep 24 - Sep 24

McLaughlin BandshellDoors Open Oshawa

McLaughlin Bandshell

This bandshell, set in downtown Oshawa, was a gift from R.S. McLaughlin, founder of General Motors Canada, in 1942 to the City of Oshawa. During Doors Open Oshawa, Brass Day workshops may be observed culminating in a concert at 1:30 p.m. Set in Memorial Park, there is also a cenotaph containing stones from allied nations.

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

Contact info

110 Simcoe Street South
Oshawa, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1942
Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

Sep 28 - Sep 28

Ontario Regiment MuseumDoors Open Oshawa

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

Regent Theatre Ontario Tech UniversityDoors Open Oshawa

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
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms
  • 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

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
  • 2022 theme: Design
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms
  • 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

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

St. George's Memorial ChurchDoors Open Oshawa

St. George's Memorial Church

St. George's Memorial opened in 1924, the same year that Oshawa became a city. Designer Eden Smith considered this Gothic revival-style church, constructed of Credit Valley sandstone, his finest work. The buttresses and Gothic tracery are noteworthy, and the tower supports a 15-bell carillon. Come for a chiming concert at noon and an organ concert at 1:30 p.m.

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

Contact info

51 Centre Street South
Oshawa, Ontario
Email: church@stgeorgesoshawa.org
http://www.stgeorgesoshawa.org

Architecture

Year built: 1924
Building type: Place of worship
Architect: Eden Smith; parish hall designed by Forsey Page & Steele

Dates/hours open

Sep 24 - Sep 24