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Peterborough

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Saturday, September 14, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Join Doors Open Peterborough and unlock the hidden histories, untold tales and fascinating secrets of our community's buildings and spaces. From historical landmarks to modern marvels, every door you open will reveal a unique narrative about the places we live, work and play. Step inside and discover the stories that make our community truly special!

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12 In-person Doors Open sites

Canadian Canoe MuseumDoors Open Peterborough

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Canadian Canoe Museum

The Canadian Canoe Museum houses the world's largest collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft in the world. The museum has moved to the shores of Little Lake to a purpose-built 6,038-square-metre (65,000-square-foot) facility, complete with a two-hectare (five-acre) waterfront campus. For Doors Open Peterborough, the 1,858-square-metre (20,000-square-foot) Exhibition Hall will be available for all to explore.

  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed
  • Rental opportunities

Contact info

2077 Ashburnham Drive
Peterborough, Ontario
Email: info@canoemuseum.ca
https://canoemuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2023
Building type: Museum
Architect: Unity Design Studio

Dates/hours open

Sep 14 - Sep 14

Emmanuel United ChurchDoors Open Peterborough

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Emmanuel United Church

Emmanuel United Church is a Gothic revival-style building constructed from 1873 to 1875. Today, this landmark building continues to operate as a functioning church, visible from across the city. The result of a 2016 amalgamation between the former George Street United Church and St. Andrew's United Church, it is an affirming ministry focused on community service and embracing change.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms
  • Rental opportunities

Contact info

534 George Street North
Peterborough, Ontario
https://emmanuelunitedchurch.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1873-75
Building type: Place of worship
Architect: Henry Langley

Dates/hours open

Sep 14 - Sep 14

Hunter Street Bridge Heritage WalkDoors Open Peterborough

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Hunter Street Bridge Heritage Walk

Local historian Gord Young will lead a walking tour of the Hunter Street Bridge and surrounding area. Features of this year’s heritage walk include the Grand Trunk Railway’s Riverside Yard, the Quaker Tennis Club, the Hunter Street bridge, the murals under the bridge’s arches, the Peterborough Mattress Factory and the 1916 Quaker Oats fire. Tour is first come, first served.

  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Photography allowed

Contact info

Meet at the end of Steve Terry Way (under the arches of the bridge)
Peterborough, Ontario
Email: heritage@peterborough.ca

Architecture

Year built: Various

Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Sep 14 - Sep 14

Hutchison HouseDoors Open Peterborough

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Hutchison House

Hutchison House is one of the oldest limestone houses in Peterborough. It was built by the community in 1837 for Dr. John Hutchison, the city’s first resident physician. This was also the first home in Upper Canada for inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming. The house was restored and opened as Hutchison House Museum in 1978.

  • Guided tours available
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed

Contact info

270 Brock Street
Peterborough, Ontario
https://phs-hutchisonhouse.ca/hutchison-house

Architecture

Year built: 1837
Building type: Historical house Museum
Architect: Unknown

Dates/hours open

Sep 14 - Sep 14

Hutchison House Neighbourhood TourDoors Open Peterborough

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Hutchison House Neighbourhood Tour

Explore the extraordinary churches, businesses and historical homes that surround Peterborough’s iconic Hutchison House. Learn about the former residents who once called this neighborhood home, as well as the architectural styles of the many historical landmarks featured on this tour. This easy walk is ideal for all ages, but bring sturdy footwear and dress appropriately.

  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Photography allowed

Contact info

Meet at Hutchison House (270 Brock Street)
Peterborough, Ontario
Email: heritage@peterborough.ca

Architecture

Year built: Various

Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Sep 14 - Sep 14

Performance at the Peterborough Museum and Archives Pavilion (Tick Talk: A 10-Minute Scene from History)Doors Open Peterborough

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Performance at the Peterborough Museum and Archives Pavilion (Tick Talk: A 10-Minute Scene from History)

During Doors Open, stop by to see this performance. It is 1969 and three female workers at Westclox are on break. While one scans the company newsletter Tick Talk, another discovers a surprising item in the Peterborough Examiner: Westclox silver bell alarm clocks linked to FLQ terrorist bombings in Montreal! Written by D'Arcy Jenish and directed by Bea Quarrie.

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

Contact info

300 Hunter Street East
Peterborough, Ontario
Email: heritage@peterborough.ca

Architecture

Building type: Attraction Government building Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Sep 14 - Sep 14

Peterborough & County Military MuseumDoors Open Peterborough

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Peterborough & County Military Museum

The Peterborough & County Military Museum, located on the ground floor of the Peterborough Armoury and operated by knowledgeable volunteers, displays items from the area’s long military history. Peterborough residents have served from the War of 1812, through the 1837 Rebellion and 1866 Fenian Raids, in both World Wars and the Korean War, to present day as peacemakers and peacekeepers.

  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed

Contact info

220 Murray Street
Peterborough, Ontario
http://www.thepeterboroughandcountymilitarymuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1907-09
Building type: Military Museum
Architect: Thomas Fuller

Dates/hours open

Sep 14 - Sep 14

Peterborough & District Sports Hall of FameDoors Open Peterborough

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Peterborough & District Sports Hall of Fame

Located at the Peterborough Memorial Centre, the Hall of Fame is a non-profit corporation that collects, preserves and exhibits objects that are significant to the history of the community. With approximately 372 square metres (4,000 square feet) of display space, the museum houses a vast collection of over 10,000 items of sport memorabilia and artifacts dating back to the mid-1800s.

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

Contact info

151 Lansdowne Street West
Peterborough, Ontario
https://pdshof.com

Architecture

Year built: 1956
Building type: Museum Sports facility
Architect: Blackwell, Craig & Zeidler

Dates/hours open

Sep 14 - Sep 14

Quaker Park Tennis ClubDoors Open Peterborough

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Quaker Park Tennis Club

The Quaker Park Tennis Club (QPTC) is a picturesque spot beside the Otonabee River. Built by the Quaker Fellowship in 1922, it was originally used by Quaker Oats employees and their families as a social club. The original log clubhouse is still in use today and retains many of its original finishes. In 2022, they celebrated their 100th anniversary.

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

Contact info

442 Driscoll Terrace
Peterborough, Ontario
https://quakerparktennis.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1922
Building type: Sports facility

Dates/hours open

Sep 14 - Sep 14

St. John the Evangelist Anglican ChurchDoors Open Peterborough

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St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church

The Anglican Church of St. John the Evangelist is a landmark in downtown Peterborough. The church is built of Jackson Creek limestone and is one of the earliest examples of neo-Gothic architecture in Ontario. St. John's is a significant part of Peterborough’s heritage and a vibrant Anglican parish that serves both the spiritual and material needs of the community.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Parking
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms

Contact info

99 Brock Street
Peterborough, Ontario
Email: stjohnsptbo@gmail.com
https://stjohnspeterborough.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1835-37
Building type: Place of worship
Architect: William Coverdale

Dates/hours open

Sep 14 - Sep 14

Unity Design StudioDoors Open Peterborough

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Unity Design Studio

Unity Design Studio is an excellent example of adaptive reuse. In 2016, Unity Design Studio (formerly Lett Architects) purchased this historical building, constructed in 1875. During renovations, elements of the original building were reused and energy-efficient systems added. Unity Design Studio has a new annex location at 142 Simcoe Street — opening just in time for Doors Open Peterborough!

  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse
  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Photography allowed

Contact info

138 Simcoe Street
Peterborough, Ontario
Email: info@unitydesignstudio.ca
https://www.unitydesignstudio.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1875
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Sep 14 - Sep 14