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Heart Lake North - Nurturing Neighbourhoods Doors Open Brampton

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Heart Lake North - Nurturing Neighbourhoods

The Heart Lake North neighbourhood provides great outdoor activities in nature for all to enjoy and experience. This neighbourhood features the Etobicoke Creek Trail – a space to enjoy outdoor recreation and the sounds of nature. Heart Lake North is home to the Heart Lake Conservation Area with 170 hectares (418 acres) of parkland to be explored. Here, you’ll find biking and walking trails, and a lake with a designated swimming area, boat rentals and fishing. The neighbourhood also hosts planned annual tree plantings with local elementary students. Additionally, Heart Lake North includes two recreation centres, a library and is accessed by seven different transit routes. Discover more about the neighbourhood of Heart Lake North in Brampton and the natural amenities that it has to offer such as Loafers Lake and Heart Lake Conservation Park. To begin, enjoy the trail at Loafers Lake – featuring outdoor fitness equipment, ball diamonds, soccer fields and a playground. This beautiful trail boasts spectacular cherry blossoms in the spring, stunning fall colours during the autumn and sledding in the winter. Then, at the Heart Lake Conservation Park, enjoy outdoor fun with the beauty of nature as your backdrop. From fishing in the lake or frolicking at the new pool and splash pad, to speeding above the water on one of their twin zip lines, Heart Lake offers all the best in outdoor entertainment. During Digital Doors Open, enjoy a virtual tour of this spectacular area through the video below.

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  • Kid-friendly
  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse

Contact info

Start at the Brampton Library - Cyril Clark Branch (65 Queen Street East)
Brampton, Ontario

Architecture


Heintzman House Doors Open Markham

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Heintzman House

Heintzman House – a treasured asset of the Thornhill community – is one of the area’s oldest buildings. This historical building has a fascinating story. What began as a simple farmhouse in 1798 is now an important piece of Markham’s history and a gathering place for the community. Originally built as an adobe brick cottage, the house was enlarged by Colonel George Crookshank in 1817. Charles T. Heintzman, grandson of the founder of Toronto’s Heintzman Piano Company, purchased the property in the 1930s and transformed the house into its present, elegant form. Heintzman House was Markham’s most-visited site during Doors Open Markham 2019 and is a beautiful space for any occasion. From the preserved original architecture to the impressive seasonal gardens, Heintzman House offers something for everyone. There are also tales of prominent owners, spirits that dwell inside, and a community’s determined efforts to recognize the heritage site. During Digital Doors Open, learn about the history of this remarkable place through the video below.

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  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

135 Bay Thorn Drive
Markham, Ontario
https://www.markham.ca/wps/portal/home/arts/heintzman-house/

Architecture

Year built: 1816
Building type: Attraction Historical landmark Historical house

Historic Bovaird House Doors Open Brampton

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Historic Bovaird House

Historic Bovaird House is an exceptional example of a mid-19th-century Ontario farmhouse, built in the Georgian style. Volunteers have endeavoured to restore the house to its original appearance. Authentic artifacts and period craftsmanship demonstrate the history of this house, which contains five fireplaces, original plank flooring and hand-blown windowpanes imported from England. Michael Avis, from the Friends of Historic Bovaird House, has been active in caring for the property for 22 years by maintaining its stories and history. As part of Digital Doors Open, join him on a tour of the house in the video below, as well as the log cabin and grounds, where you will experience Brampton’s pioneer heritage first hand. You will also meet long-time volunteer, gardener and groundskeeper, Gail Armstrong.

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Contact info

563 Bovaird Drive East
Brampton, Ontario
https://www.bovairdhouse.com

Architecture

Year built: 1852
Building type: Attraction Historical landmark Museum
Architect: Unknown

Ingersoll Cheese & Agricultural Museum Doors Open Oxford-Ingersoll

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Ingersoll Cheese & Agricultural Museum

Ingersoll Cheese & Agricultural Museum

Now in its 45th year, this award-winning museum has become the focus of the Oxford County Cheese Trail and the hub of cycling in Ingersoll. Beginning as a cheese museum, it has since become a community museum, home of the recreated Oxford County Museum School. Start your Doors Open adventure here and pick up your guidebook and shopping vouchers.

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

Contact info

290 Harris Street
Ingersoll, Ontario
Email: curator@ingersoll.ca
https://www.ingersoll.ca/cheese-and-agricultural-museum

Architecture

Year built: 1977
Building type: Attraction Food and drink Museum Schoolhouse

Innisfil ideaLAB & Library Doors Open Innisfil

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Innisfil ideaLAB & Library

The Innisfil ideaLAB & Library is an award-winning space that is known for its innovation, community-led programming and hacker ethic. With many programs, events, resources and stories, the ideaLAB & Library invites you to experience everything that they have to offer – books, DVDs, e-resources, free Wi-Fi, music recording, graphic design, community gathering space, 3D printing, soldering, business resources, community events, a butterfly nursery, pollinator gardens, jewelry making, robotics and much more! 2020 marked a big year for the ideaLAB, as they moved to a fine-free service model, expanded their digital collections and virtual programming opportunities, and launched new programs to address public safety and social isolation. This was also the first year that the library participated in Simcoe Reads, along with public libraries from Barrie, Bradford, Essa and Midland. Visit their extensive YouTube channel to learn more about the kinds of things they do. And check their website for more COVID-related updates.

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

Contact info

967 Innisfil Beach Road
Innisfil, Ontario
Email: jmurley@innisfilidealab.ca
https://www.innisfilidealab.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2015
Building type: Library

Intrepid Park, Camp X Doors 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 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 a guided tour (terrain can be difficult).

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

Contact info

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

Architecture

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

Jean-Baptiste Lainé Site Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville

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Jean-Baptiste Lainé Site

The Jean-Baptiste Lainé Site was home to a remarkable late-16th-century ancestral Wendat community. Of all the sites in Southern Ontario that have been almost completely excavated, it is considered one of the largest and most complex. Explore and learn about this amazing archaeological site with self-guided tours and a staffed interpretation table.

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Contact info

99 Reeves Way Blvd. (street parking available on Lost Pond Crescent and Jonas Millway; please be mindful of the No Parking zones)
Stouffville, Ontario
Email: wsmuseum@townofws.ca
https://townofws.ca/museum

Architecture

Building type: Historical landmark

Lakes and Rivers Self-Guided Tour Doors Open Brampton

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Lakes and Rivers Self-Guided Tour

One of Brampton's best-kept secrets is its picturesque lakes and rivers. Behind the thousands of homes and busy roads, visitors and residents alike will find a wonderful oasis of peaceful lakes and flowing rivers in the Brampton area. Brampton is home to both natural and man-made lakes, including Professor’s Lake, Heart Lake Conservation Area, Loafer’s Lake, Esker Lakes and Norton Place Park. Brampton’s rivers were also used thousands of years ago as transportation routes. Since then, they have been sources of power to drive mills and sources of water for farms. Today, they are a tremendous asset to both the natural landscape and wildlife of Brampton. As part of Digital Doors Open, you are invited to relax and enjoy Brampton’s beauty. Discover their many lakes and rivers by taking this self-guided tour. And, while you’re outside, bring along the Nature Rubbings Activity and discover all the treasures that nature has to offer.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Activities and games
  • Kid-friendly
  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse

Contact info

Start at Professor's Lake Recreation Centre (1660 North Park Drive)
Brampton, Ontario

Architecture


Lakeview Park Doors 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
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Contact info

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

Architecture

Year built: Established in 1920

Levi Carroll and The Log Schoolhouse Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Levi Carroll and The Log Schoolhouse

Levi Carroll is best known for a log schoolhouse built in 1820 that was Waterloo’s first educational institution. Once the community outgrew the 5-metre by 6-metre (16-foot by 20-foot) schoolhouse, Carroll lived in it for more than 50 years. This important historical structure now rests in Waterloo Park and provides a backdrop for exploring more about Carroll – an ex-slave from Maryland who, despite the odds, lived into his 90s and was described in his 1897 obituary as “a citizen whom almost everyone knows.” But that familiarity has been lost to time. Author and social historian Joanna Rickert-Hall is working to resurrect Levi Carroll’s narrative and its ties to other lost local stories and important conversations. As part of Digital Doors Open, watch the video below to learn more about Levi Carroll and this iconic landmark.

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Contact info

Waterloo Park, Young Street West
Waterloo, Ontario
https://www.waterloo.ca/en/things-to-do/waterloo-park.aspx#Log-school-house

Architecture

Year built: 1820
Building type: Schoolhouse

Lorne Scots Regimental Museum Doors Open Brampton

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Lorne Scots Regimental Museum

The Lorne Scots Regimental Museum opened in 1980 in what was once the old Brampton firehall. Come and explore the collection of historical and military artifacts that showcases the rich history of the regiment from 1792 to today. After your visit, walk up nearby Carnegie Lane for a preview of the museum’s new home in the former Carnegie Library.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

48 John Street
Brampton, Ontario
Email: museum@lornescots.ca
https://www.lornesmuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1910
Building type: Historical landmark Military Museum
Architect: Frank Wickson

MacNab Street Presbyterian Church Doors Open Hamilton Region

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MacNab Street Presbyterian Church

The MacNab Street Presbyterian Church was completed in 1857 during a cholera epidemic. The exterior is solid stone masonry with an updated slate roof. After the First World War, nine-window stained-glass windows by the Scottish artists William Wilson and James Ballantyne were installed. The sanctuary has stone walls and columns, blonde wood and a magnificent Casavant organ.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

116 MacNab Street South
Hamilton, Ontario
Email: macnabsec@cogeco.ca
https://macnabpresbyterian.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1856; 1935
Building type: Place of worship
Architect: William Thomas (1857); Albert Hills (1930s); Stewart McPhie and William Somerville (1935 addition)

McMichael Canadian Art Collection Doors Open Vaughan

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McMichael Canadian Art Collection

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, located on 40 hectares (100 acres) of forested land along the Humber River, is a major public gallery devoted to collecting the art of Canada. Located on the original lands of the Ojibwe Anishinaabe people, the McMichael is uniquely situated along the historical Carrying Place Trail. The McMichael’s permanent collection consists of over 6,500 artworks by Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, their contemporaries, and First Nations, Métis, Inuit and contemporary artists who have contributed to the development of Canadian art. While the McMichael has reopened, there are restrictions in place for visitors. Check their website for details. Digital visits, however, are also encouraged. Explore their eMuseum – a searchable online collection. Wander the grounds – lush forests, a sculpture garden and scenic hiking trails – with the aid of their downloadable map and audio guided tour. For budding young artists, the McMichael offers the ArtVenture Online program, which includes free art activities, videos, tutorials and more. Watch and learn through a series of curatorial talks and virtual studio visits. Take an online art class. Or discover their many educational resources – from virtual classrooms and tours to workshops and teacher retreats. With Digital Doors Open, there is much to see and do.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • Activities and games
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

10365 Islington Avenue
Kleinburg, Ontario
https://mcmichael.com

Architecture

Year built: 1954, with additions in 1963, 1967, 1969 and 1972
Building type: Green building Museum
Architect: Leo Venchiarutti

Merrick Thomas House Doors Open Oakville

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Merrick Thomas House

Merrick Thomas House is a fine example of a settler’s house. This one-and-a-half-storey clapboard structure – with the saltbox roofline typical of its period – is constructed of white pine logs squared into 12-inch-by-12-inch timbers on a fieldstone foundation. The Oakville Historical Society now operates the house as a museum. As part of Digital Doors Open, learn more about this house through the video below, or check out their YouTube playlist for more content.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

144 Front Street
Oakville, Ontario
Email: information@oakvillehistory.org
https://www.oakvillehistory.org

Architecture

Year built: 1829; moved to its present site in 1955
Building type: Historical house

Museum on the Boyne Doors Open Simcoe County

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Museum on the Boyne

The Museum on the Boyne houses a large collection of household, agricultural, industrial and archival artifacts with exhibits that trace the growth of South Simcoe from its early settlement to present day. It features a 1914 agricultural fair building, an 1865 log house and an 1858 barn. Come for a tour, explore the site and check out the gift shop!

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

Architecture

Year built: 1914
Building type: Historical house Museum

Navy Hall Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Navy Hall

In 1765, British naval craftsmen from Fort Niagara erected a barracks on the opposite side of the Niagara River. Over the years, several buildings – known collectively as Navy Hall – evolved into a key military supply facility for British forts on the upper Great Lakes. During the American Revolution, the Provincial Marine wintered at Navy Hall and, in 1792, Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe converted one of the buildings into his residence. The Lieutenant Governor's home in the first capital of the Province of Upper Canada later served as a dining hall for the officers at Fort George. Navy Hall was destroyed by American forces during the War of 1812. After the war, the British rebuilt some of the buildings, of which one still survives today. As part of Digital Doors Open, you can learn more about this site’s remarkable history through the video below.

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Contact info

305 Ricardo Street
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/fortgeorge/culture/navyhall

Architecture

Year built: c. 1815
Building type: Historical landmark Military

Niagara Falls Doors Open Niagara Falls

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Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, known both for its scenic beauty and its immense force (which generates an enormous amount of hydro-electric power). While you can now visit Niagara Falls again in person, there are still many digital experiences that are available and worth experiencing from your backyard. Take a virtual helicopter ride over the falls, experience a zipline ride to the falls, enjoy the much-loved Journey Behind the Falls, or even look ahead to the annual Winter Festival of Lights. Don’t forget your VR glasses to make these experiences pop! But if an in-person experience is what you’re looking for, check out the Niagara Parks COVID-19 Information Centre. Stay safe but have fun!

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

Contact info

6342 Niagara Parkway
Niagara Falls, Ontario
https://www.niagarafallstourism.com

Architecture


Niagara Parks Power Station Doors Open Niagara Falls

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Niagara Parks Power Station

The Niagara Parks Power Station – the first major power plant on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls – was completed in 1905 to produce hydroelectricity by leveraging the power of the Niagara River. A marvel of engineering and architecture, the station’s generators were the largest of their kind. Power generated from CNP was used to service Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York; the plant remained in operation until 2006 when it was decommissioned. The Niagara Parks Commission acquired ownership in 2009. The station was built with a rusticated stone exterior from Queenston limestone, with stunning, rounded window arches depicting restrained Romanesque design. The water-filled forecourt is the most prominent feature of the building setting, acting as a reflecting pool that enhances the pattern of the arches. The interior also features significant detail, from the massive bronze doors on the north side to the marble and bronze detailing of the office area. Renovations for adaptive reuse are underway – the first phase will open to the public in 2021 – will transform the facility into an extraordinary new multi-faceted visitor experience, which will preserve and showcase this culturally significant landmark while creating an iconic new attraction for Niagara Falls. For Digital Doors Open, explore the interior through the video below, and relive Fall 2019's special Doors Open event held at the station.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • Virtual tours

Contact info

7005 Niagara Parkway
Niagara Falls, Ontario
https://www.niagaraparks.com/visit/attractions/canadian-niagara-power-generating-station

Architecture

Year built: 1905
Building type: Historical landmark
Architect: Algeron S. Bell

Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre

Located on the banks of the Niagara River in a heritage building that formerly supplied water to Niagara-on-the-Lake, the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre connects the community through visual arts programs, exhibitions and events. The Niagara Pumphouse Art Centre Association was formed in 1990, and the building was restored and converted to this visual arts centre in 1994.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

247 Ricardo Street
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Email: office@niagarapumphouse.ca
https://niagarapumphouse.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1891
Building type: Historical landmark Gallery
Architect: John Gait and J.H. Armstrong

Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum Doors Open Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum

The Niagara Historical Society, founded in 1895, opened the Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum in 1907. The museum collects, preserves, researches, educates and promotes the history of Niagara-on-the-Lake and its communities — inspiring an appreciation of local history through engaging programs and exhibitions. In October, the exhibition will be "Bound and Determined." During Doors Open, they’ll be offering special tours throughout the day.

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

Contact info

43 Castlereagh Street
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Email: contact@nhsm.ca
https://www.notlmuseum.ca

Architecture

Year built: High school building (built 1806), Memorial Hall (built 1906) and Link Building (built 1971)
Building type: Attraction Historical landmark Museum
Architect: W.B. Allan

Norton Place Park Doors Open Brampton

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Norton Place Park

Located within close proximity to Bramalea City Centre, Bramalea Woods and Highway 410, the Norton Park neighbourhood represents one of Brampton’s most accessible neighbourhoods by various methods of transportation, including walking and cycling. The neighbourhood is also home to a hidden gem — Norton Place Park! This park features a boardwalk recreational trail along a small lake tucked behind the Lisa Towers (apartment buildings) and a community garden. Children can chase the ducks, climb in the playground and enjoy nature. As part of Digital Doors Open, enjoy a virtual tour of this park in the video below.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • Kid-friendly
  • 2024 theme: Adaptive reuse

Contact info

170 Clark Blvd.
Brampton, Ontario

Architecture


O'Hara Mill Homestead and Conservation Area Doors Open Hastings County

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O'Hara Mill Homestead and Conservation Area

Where nature meets history! The O’Hara legacy began in 1789 when Patrick O'Hara arrived from Ireland and busied himself with starting a sawmill and creating a thriving homestead. Today, the O’Hara Mill Homestead is an opportunity to relive the day-to-day hardships and rewards of early pioneer life. Come and explore the restored original farmhouse, sawmill, carriage-house, shed and woodworking shop.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos

Contact info

638 Mill Road
Madoc, Ontario
Email: jamesohara1880@gmail.com
https://www.oharamill.ca

Architecture

Year built: early 1900s
Building type: Historical landmark Historical house Schoolhouse

Oakville Historical Society Offices Doors Open Oakville

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Oakville Historical Society Offices

The offices of the Oakville Historical Society are located in the cottages on the north side of the Erchless Estate grounds. The great-granddaughters of Oakville’s founder, William Chisholm, had the cottages built in the 1950s. During Digital Doors Open, explore their new exhibit on the history of education and schools in the Oakville area through the video below, or discover more on their YouTube channel. You can also search their online photo database and explore their plaque database.

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

Contact info

110 King Street
Oakville, Ontario
Email: information@oakvillehistory.org
https://www.oakvillehistory.org

Architecture

Year built: 1953
Building type: Historical landmark Museum

Oakville Museum at the Erchless Estate Doors Open Oakville

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Oakville Museum at the Erchless Estate

The Erchless Estate was once the home of Oakville’s founding family, the Chisholms. It is now the setting for the community's museum. For Digital Doors Open, discover an extensive virtual tour that takes you inside each room of the property – don't miss the Underground Railroad exhibit upstairs! After your virtual tour, take in the video tour on YouTube below (led by the museum's very own Julian Kingston), which features some of the Town of Oakville's online collections – including hundreds of artifacts and historical photos of the town.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • Virtual tours
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

8 Navy Street
Oakville, Ontario
https://www.oakville.ca/museum/

Architecture

Year built: Custom house and bank, c. 1856; estate, c. 1858
Building type: Attraction Museum
Architect: R.K. Chisholm

Ontario Legislative Building Doors Open Toronto

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Ontario Legislative Building

Come and explore Ontario’s Legislative Assembly — an impressive structure that has been home to the province’s legislature since 1893. Alongside oak floors and Italian marble finishes is artwork from the Government of Ontario Art Collection. During Doors Open, visitors can enjoy several exhibits on a self-guided tour that includes the legislative chamber. There’s even an outdoor scavenger hunt for kids. (No tripods allowed.)

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tours
  • Activities and games

Contact info

111 Wellesley Street West
Toronto, Ontario
https://www.ola.org

Architecture

Year built: 1893
Building type: Government building
Architect: Richard A. Waite; E.J. Lennox and George Gouinlock (later additions)