Doors Open Ontario presenting sponsor
Doors Open Ontario presenting sponsor

Peterborough

in-person event information

Saturday, May 7, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The doors are open - again! 

After two virtual years, Doors Open Peterborough is excited to be returning to an in-person event that will showcase Peterborough's rich architectural heritage! 

Read all about our sites and walking tours below and check out our interactive story map.

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Around the Block, Around the Town: Downtown Walking TourDoors Open Peterborough

Around the Block, Around the Town: Downtown Walking Tour

Join local historian Don Willcock for this guided walking tour of Peterborough's historical downtown. The tour will cover a variety of themes, such as education, recreation and sport, and law. Three 30-minute tours will be available throughout the day for Doors Open. Parking will be available at City Hall and the Peterborough Collegiate and Vocational School.

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

Contact info

Meet at Confederation Square, 499 George Street North
Peterborough, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: Various
Building type: Commercial Courthouse Educational facility Health-care facility Military Place of worship
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 07

Ashburnham from the Top: East City Walking TourDoors Open Peterborough

New

Ashburnham from the Top: East City Walking Tour

Join local historian Elwood Jones for this guided walking tour of historical East City. Learn all about local landmarks, such as St. Joseph's Hospital, Westclox and Immaculate Conception Church. Meet at the corner of Armour Road and Hunter Street East on the lawn of King George Public School. There will be two 45-minute tours offered throughout the day.

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

Contact info

Meet at King George Public School, 220 Hunter Street East
Peterborough, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: Various
Building type: Educational facility Place of worship Private residence Theatre
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 07

Hunter Street Bridge/Quaker Oats Walking TourDoors Open Peterborough

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Hunter Street Bridge/Quaker Oats Walking Tour

In 1902, American Cereal (later Quaker Oats) began producing cereal, flour and farm feed at its new Peterborough plant. In 1916, a fire and explosion destroyed the mill. Join local historian Gord Young, who published a book about this devastating event, for a 30-minute walking tour of the bridge and site and learn how Quaker Oats rebuilt its facility.

  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access

Contact info

14 Hunter Street East (meet at Quaker Oats Parkette at Driscoll Terrace and Hunter Street East)
Peterborough, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: Various
Building type: Commercial Food and drink Historical landmark
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 07

King George Public SchoolDoors Open Peterborough

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King George Public School

The former King George Public School was one of Peterborough's "Royal Schools" (along with Queen Mary, King Edward, Queen Alexandra and Prince of Wales). It closed in 2019 and a new school opened next door in 2021. Find out more about Public Energy Performing Arts, who will take over the historical building for "Erring at King George," a multi-arts festival.

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

Contact info

220 Hunter Street East
Peterborough, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1913
Building type: Educational facility
Architect: Fred Bartlett, William Blackwell

Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 07

Peterborough CollegiateDoors Open Peterborough

New

Peterborough Collegiate

This 1908 school faces Confederation Square and blends with the civic buildings typical of the era. In 1927, another wing was added and, in the 1970s, a modern cafeteria. Follow in the footsteps of famous alumni Serena Ryder, Jim Balsillie and Lester B. Pearson as you admire grand staircases, original wainscotting, terrazzo floors and stained glass at this heritage gem.

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

Contact info

201 McDonnel Street
Peterborough, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1908
Building type: Educational facility
Architect: John E. Belcher

Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 07

Peterborough Museum & Archives (PMA)Doors Open Peterborough

Peterborough Museum & Archives (PMA)

The PMA tells the story of Peterborough and its surrounding area. The present building was constructed in 1967 to mark Canada's centennial. In 2017, a highly acclaimed restoration was completed. During Doors Open, come and explore their new exhibit “Home and Away: Stories of Travel from Peterborough and Beyond,” developed by Fleming College's Museum Management and Curatorship students.

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

Contact info

300 Hunter Street East
Peterborough, Ontario
https://www.peterborough.ca/en/explore-and-play/museum-and-archives.aspx?_mid_=24974

Architecture

Year built: 1967
Building type: Museum
Architect: Eberhard Zeidler

Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 07

Peterborough Theatre GuildDoors Open Peterborough

New

Peterborough Theatre Guild

Since 1965, the Peterborough Theatre Guild has been home to fabulous local theatre. Originally constructed as St. Luke's Anglican Church, it was gutted by fire in 1959 and purchased by a group of locals, spearheaded by author Robertson Davies, who renovated it. Award-winning theatre has been staged here ever since. For Doors Open, come for a behind-the-scenes tour.

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

Contact info

364 Rogers Street
Peterborough, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1877, 1965 (renovations)
Building type: Theatre
Architect: John E. Belcher

Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 07

Y-LoftsDoors Open Peterborough

New

Y-Lofts

This former YMCA at the corner of George and Murray streets is the work of local architect William Blackwell, and forms an important part of Peterborough’s historical downtown. After 100 years, the YMCA left this iconic turreted building. Begun in 2017, it was transformed by Atria Developments into rental units known as the Y-Lofts. Come and explore this fascinating space.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Washrooms

Contact info

475 George Street North
Peterborough, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1896
Building type: Historical landmark
Architect: William Blackwell

Dates/hours open

May 07 - May 07