Doors Open Ontario presenting sponsor
Doors Open Ontario presenting sponsor

St. Catharines

in-person event information

Saturday, August 20, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Welcome to Doors Open St. Catharines!

Whether you live in St. Catharines, the Niagara region or are visiting from elsewhere, we invite you to explore some of the city’s most distinctive places free of charge. There is something for everyone – heritage sites, cultural centres, places of worship and outdoor walking tours. Mark your calendar and plan your visits. We look forward to seeing you!

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Brown Homestead, TheDoors Open St. Catharines

Brown Homestead, The

Come and visit The Brown Homestead as its doors are once again opened to the community! The Brown Homestead is the site of the oldest house in St. Catharines. They are currently undergoing restoration work and are on their way to becoming an important cultural centre, a site for innovation, education, community connection and heritage advocacy.

  • 2022 theme: Design
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

1317 Pelham Road
St. Catharines, Ontario
https://thebrownhomestead.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1796
Building type: Historical house

Dates/hours open

Aug 20 - Aug 20

FirstOntario Performing Arts CentreDoors Open St. Catharines

FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre is a cultural hub that comprises four unique venues that host a signature presentation of international, Canadian and local artists alongside community members and organizations. Over 600,000 patrons have come through their doors since it opened in 2015 to enjoy music, dance, theatre, film, comedy, speakers and community gatherings.

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

Contact info

250 St. Paul Street
St. Catharines, Ontario
https://firstontariopac.ca/Online/Article/EventArticle-22PAC25-Doors-Open

Architecture

Year built: 2015
Building type: Concert hall Theatre
Architect: Diamond Schmitt Architects

Dates/hours open

Aug 20 - Aug 20

Knox Presbyterian ChurchDoors Open St. Catharines

Knox Presbyterian Church

In May 2022, Knox Presbyterian celebrated its 181st anniversary of community service. During Doors Open, come and enjoy tours that highlight its history and the 15 memorial stained-glass windows, which are dedicated to local leaders including captains, shipowners, businessmen and more. For a history of the church, complete with a Casavant organ soundtrack, watch the video below.

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

Contact info

53 Church Street
St. Catharines, Ontario
http://www.knoxchurch.com

Architecture

Year built: 1841
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Aug 20 - Aug 20

Lake Street ArmouryDoors Open St. Catharines

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Lake Street Armoury

A symbol of early 20th-century development of active volunteer militias, a historical hub for social events, and a conspicuous neighbourhood landmark, the Lake Street Armoury goes beyond traditional military history in the St. Catharines community. It is now home to the 10th St. Catharines Field Battery Artillery and the Lincoln and Welland Regiment.

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

Contact info

81 Lake Street
St. Catharines, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1905
Building type: Government building Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Aug 20 - Aug 20

Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing ArtsDoors Open St. Catharines

Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts

Brock University’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts opened in 2015, and is an award-winning, architectural triumph of adaptive re-use of a 19th-century industrial site. The site features a 235-seat theatre, digital media studio, photo darkroom, rehearsal spaces, studios, wardrobe shop, art gallery and other specialized facilities that support students in dramatic arts, music and visual arts.

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

Contact info

15 Artists’ Common
St. Catharines, Ontario
http://brocku.ca/miwsfpa

Architecture

Year built: 1884; 2015
Building type: Educational facility Historical landmark
Architect: James A. McSloy; Diamond Schmitt Architects

Dates/hours open

Aug 20 - Aug 20

Meridian Centre and Sports Hall of FameDoors Open St. Catharines

Meridian Centre and Sports Hall of Fame

The Meridian Centre hosts a variety of renowned sporting events, concerts and performances that have included Jerry Seinfeld, Elton John, Cirque du Soleil, the U18 Women’s World Hockey Championship, Scotties Tournament of Hearts, as well as local hockey and basketball teams. The St. Catharines Sports Hall of Fame, which overlooks the ice arena, showcases historical sports-related artifacts and memorabilia.

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

Contact info

1 David S. Howes Way
St. Catharines, Ontario
http://www.meridiancentre.com

Architecture

Year built: 2014
Building type: Attraction Concert hall Museum

Dates/hours open

Aug 20 - Aug 20

Morningstar MillDoors Open St. Catharines

Morningstar Mill

2022 marks the 150th anniversary of the stone flour mill built in 1872. The site features a working flour mill, the home of the restored Morningstar family, a blacksmith shop and a beautiful view of Decew Falls. The Friends of Morningstar Mill also celebrate their 30th anniversary working with the City of St. Catharines in preserving and interpreting this site.

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

Contact info

2714 Decew Road
St. Catharines, Ontario
http://morningstarmill.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1872
Building type: Commercial Historical landmark Historical house

Dates/hours open

Aug 20 - Aug 20

Niagara Artists' CentreDoors Open St. Catharines

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Niagara Artists' Centre

The Niagara Artists’ Centre is a not-for-profit collective formed by, and dedicated to serving, the working artists and community of Niagara. It provides a forum for the development, exhibition and appreciation of contemporary visual and media art by providing facilities, equipment, expertise and a supportive atmosphere for arts research, advocacy and dissemination. During Doors Open, check out their special exhibits.

  • 2022 theme: Design
  • Kid-friendly
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

354 St. Paul Street
St. Catharines, Ontario
https://nac.org

Architecture

Building type: Gallery

Dates/hours open

Aug 20 - Aug 20

Salem Chapel – British Methodist Episcopal Church National Historic SiteDoors Open St. Catharines

Salem Chapel – British Methodist Episcopal Church National Historic Site

Salem Chapel was an important centre of abolitionist and civil rights activity and was the cornerstone of a growing African-American community in Niagara. Harriet Tubman, who attended the church, led many freedom seekers to St. Catharines. The chapel has an auditory-hall design typical of churches associated with the Underground Railroad movement. It also has many original artifacts on display.

  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

92 Geneva Street
St. Catharines, Ontario
http://salemchapelbmechurch.ca/index.html

Architecture

Year built: 1855
Building type: Historical landmark Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Aug 20 - Aug 20

St. Catharines Heritage Advisory Committee Walking ToursDoors Open St. Catharines

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St. Catharines Heritage Advisory Committee Walking Tours

Have you ever wondered about some of St. Catharines’ historical neighbourhoods and districts? Discover some of the city’s hidden gems by attending one or all three of these walking tours. (1) Downtown East Tour: 10 a.m. and Noon, (2) Yates Street Tour: 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., and (3) Queen Street Tour: Noon and 2 p.m. 

  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

Visit www.stcatharines.ca for information on starting locations
St. Catharines, Ontario
https://www.stcatharines.ca

Architecture

Year built: Various
Building type: Commercial Historical landmark Historical house
Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Aug 20 - Aug 20

St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals CentreDoors Open St. Catharines

St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre

Located along the Welland Canal, this site tells the stories that shaped St. Catharines. Permanent exhibitions feature stories of the Welland canals and the Underground Railroad, with special attention to the stories of immigrant labourers and freedom seekers arriving here in the 1850s. Their temporary exhibits offer the chance to learn about what makes the city what it is today.

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

Contact info

1932 Welland Canals Parkway
St. Catharines, Ontario
http://www.stcatharines.ca/museum

Architecture

Building type: Attraction Historical landmark Museum Transportation

Dates/hours open

Aug 20 - Aug 20

St. George’s Anglican ChurchDoors Open St. Catharines

St. George’s Anglican Church

St. George’s is the first established church in St. Catharines. Its congregation celebrates its 230th anniversary this year. This historical building – with carved stone, beautiful stained glass, memorials from both world wars, and a magnificent pipe organ – provides an inspiring background for prayer and worship.

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

Contact info

83 Church Street
St. Catharines, Ontario
https://stgeorgesanglican.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1840
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Aug 20 - Aug 20

St. Ignatius of Antioch Antiochian Orthodox ChurchDoors Open St. Catharines

St. Ignatius of Antioch Antiochian Orthodox Church

St. Ignatius of Antioch Orthodox Church is part of the North American Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese and of the Ottawa, Eastern Canada and Upper New York State Diocese. Purchased in 2013, the church’s sanctuary and nave were remodelled to accommodate an iconostasis, which now includes new Byzantine-style icons by Montreal-based Alexander Schelechow.

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

Contact info

332 Carlton Street (at 75 Rolls Avenue)
St. Catharines, Ontario
http://www.orthodoxniagara.ca

Architecture

Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Aug 20 - Aug 20

St. Thomas’ Anglican ChurchDoors Open St. Catharines

St. Thomas’ Anglican Church

St. Thomas’ Anglican Church has been a St. Catharines landmark since 1879. Designed by noted Buffalo architect, Milton Earle Beebe, this Richardson Romanesque church is notable for its magnificent turrets and elaborate stained-glass windows. The church is also known for its long-standing daycare centre and Annual Civic Carol Concert, which showcases the wonderful acoustics under its expansive domed roof.

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

Contact info

99 Ontario Street
St. Catharines, Ontario
https://www.stthomaschurch.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1879
Building type: Place of worship
Architect: Milton Earle Beebe

Dates/hours open

Aug 20 - Aug 20

Sts. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic ChurchDoors Open St. Catharines

Sts. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church

The Ukrainian community in St. Catharines began in about 1912. In 1943, the property for Sts. Cyril and Methodius was purchased for $600. This Byzantine-style church was designed by well-known architect, Reverend Philip Ruh, in 1944. The church is decorated with a full three-level iconostasis (a screen containing icons and religious paintings), altars, stained-glass windows and chandeliers.

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

Contact info

14 Rolls Avenue
St. Catharines, Ontario
http://cyrilandmethodius.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1944
Building type: Place of worship
Architect: Reverend Philip Ruh

Dates/hours open

Aug 20 - Aug 20