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360-degree Tour of Blair and Lyon stations Doors Open Ottawa

360-degree Tour of Blair and Lyon stations

OC Transpo’s 360-degree tour gives you a first-person view of these O-Train Line 1 stations. Please note, footage featured in the online tour was filmed prior to the September 2019 O-Train Line 1 launch. As the easternmost point of the O-Train Line 1, Blair Station is one of the system’s busiest transit hubs. It offers easy transfers between light rail and buses, as well as access to local commercial and residential areas. Lyon Station is an underground station just a few steps away from Sparks Street. A special feature is the non-integrated art piece called With Words as their Actions, created by PLANT, in Toronto. It celebrates women as keepers of history – and in particular, the 32 women who, in 1898, founded the Ottawa chapter of the Women’s Canadian Historical Society (now the Historical Society of Ottawa). Using the tour is simple: you can use your mouse to travel through the interior and change levels by clicking the station level guide in the bottom left corner. To read more about station features, click on the red and white O button seen throughout the station.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tours

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Blair Station and Lyon Station
Ottawa, Ontario

Architecture

Building type: Transportation

618 Athol Street Doors Open Whitby

618 Athol Street

Constructed in 1914, this private home was built in the Tudor revival style (a rare building style found in Whitby). As part of Digital Doors Open, enjoy a virtual tour and learn more about the features of this unique structure (including its original woodwork, leaded-glass windows and brick fireplaces). You’ll also hear stories of some of its famous homeowners over time – including Leslie McFarlane, who wrote at least one of the Hardy Boys books (A Figure in Hiding) while living here.

  • Digital Doors Open
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618 Athol Street
Whitby, Ontario
Email: events@whitby.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1914
Building type: Historical house Private residence

ABCD Section – Nurturing Neighbourhoods Brampton Doors Open Brampton

ABCD Section – Nurturing Neighbourhoods Brampton

ABCD Section – Nurturing Neighbourhoods Brampton

The ABCD Section is a significant portion of the north Bramalea area that functions as a small city. The community contains a civic centre, a major transportation hub, a regional shopping centre and a multi-purpose park. The ABCD Section in particular contains a significant portion of Brampton’s industrial land space, which plays a vital role towards the well-being, culture and economic prosperity of the city. While each section can be defined as its own neighbourhood, the proximity of their geographies means that these sections are supported by similar amenities, such as schools, parks and trails. The Nurturing Neighbourhoods Program aims to connect residents with resources, improve civic engagement and empower residents to play an active role in enhancing their neighbourhood. We want to have meaningful conversations in our neighbourhoods. In 2020, and as part of Digital Doors Open, residents can enjoy a virtual neighbourhood walking experience and share what they love about their neighbourhood and what can be changed using the online survey and mapping tools. Though the city is there to support, the strongest neighbourhoods are made by the people who actually live there.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos

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Start at Victoria Park (A Section)
Brampton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: Various

Architect: Various

Alderlea Doors Open Brampton

Alderlea

Alderlea, meaning meadow of alder trees, is a well preserved heritage building, built at the height of the Victorian era. It is one of the finest examples of Italianate villa architecture in Ontario. The property also holds tremendous landmark status on an elevated terrace overlooking Gage Park. Following careful restoration for adaptive reuse, this 19th-century mansion has plenty to offer. Check out the video below and see how the house has been adapted for use as a heritage venue.

  • Digital Doors Open
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40 Elizabeth Street South
Brampton, Ontario
https://thealderlea.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1867
Building type: Historical landmark
Architect: Taylor Hazel (2009-13 renovations)

Algoma Conservatory of Music Doors Open Sault Ste. Marie

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Algoma Conservatory of Music

Built at the turn of the 19th century, this building served as The Consolidated Lake Superior Company General Office Building – one of the finest examples of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture in Ontario. It was designated in 1993 and is now home to the Algoma Conservatory of Music, a regional centre for music education, performance and recording.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Virtual tours

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75 Huron Street
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Email: algomaconservatory@algomau.ca
https://algomaconservatory.com

Architecture

Year built: 1894
Building type: Concert hall Historical landmark
Architect: Francis H. Clergue

All or Nothing Brewhouse Doors Open Oshawa

All or Nothing Brewhouse

Established in 2014, All or Nothing Brewhouse produces a wide variety of craft beer on site in the historical Ritson Road Beer Store that was built in the 1950s (check out this original newspaper article from the Daily Times-Gazette). During COVID-19, the brewery has been busy producing ethanol for hand sanitizer for the residents of the Durham Region. The retail and online beer store are now open, so check their website for information. Learn more about the history of All or Nothing through the section called Our Story. Take a virtual tour around the brewhouse to see the larger-than-life production equipment. Or watch a beer production video below – and learn how All or Nothing goes from barley to beer can.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • Virtual tours

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439 Ritson Road South
Oshawa, Ontario
Email: bottleshop@allornothing.beer
https://www.allornothing.beer

Architecture

Year built: 1950; established in 2014
Building type: Commercial Food and drink

Amherstburg Freedom Museum Doors Open Amherstburg

Amherstburg Freedom Museum

The Amherstburg Freedom Museum tells the remarkable story of the journeys and contributions made by African-Canadians. By preserving these stories and displaying them with artifacts that educate and inspire, the museum continues to provide both knowledge and pride in our Black history. As part of Digital Doors Open, this site offers a series of video stories from descendants of runaway freedom seekers. Also, take some time to learn more about the Underground Railroad in the video below.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • Collections and resources

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277 King Street
Amherstburg, Ontario
https://amherstburgfreedom.org

Architecture

Building type: Museum

Ancaster Old Township Hall Doors Open Hamilton

Ancaster Old Township Hall

Enjoy a look inside the Ancaster Old Township Hall. Built in 1871 by William H. Thuresson, it is one of the finest pieces of stone architecture in Ancaster – complete with original apron stage, hardwood floors, arched windows and historically accurate colours. It has undergone several renovations over the years, but the original character remains.

  • Digital Doors Open
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Architecture

Year built: 1871
Building type: Historical landmark
Architect: William H. Thuresson

Appleton Swamp (Gardiner, Grace and Neilson properties) Doors Open Mississippi Mills

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Appleton Swamp (Gardiner, Grace and Neilson properties)

The Appleton Swamp is an extensive riverine swamp and marsh complex associated with the floodplain of the Mississippi River. The Gardiner, Grace and Neilson properties are all managed for the Ontario Heritage Trust by the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority with the purpose of maintaining the natural features and biodiversity of the properties. There is no public access to these properties for that reason. The properties are situated in the Appleton swamp, which is recognized as a provincially significant Class 2 Wetland and Life Science Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI) due to the unique representation of riverine marsh, swamp and upland forest on clay plain. As part of Digital Doors Open, take a virtual boat ride through the Appleton swamp by watching the video below.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • 2022 theme: Design

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Public access is prohibited at this time due to the delicate nature of the wetland features.
Mississippi Mills, Ontario
https://www.heritagetrust.on.ca/en/index.php/properties/gardiner-grace-neilson

Architecture


Archives of Ontario Doors Open Toronto

Archives of Ontario

The Archives of Ontario is the largest provincial archives in Canada, with a vast collection that includes textual (paper) items, photographs, maps, architectural drawings and audio, video and film recordings. Located at York University's Keele Campus, this purpose-built facility includes a large reading room with digital microfilm readers, audio and video booths, digitization and conservation labs, a large exhibit gallery and a classroom for educational programming. The Archives is also home to the Government of Ontario Art Collection. If you’re interested in researching at the archives, check out the Researching Our Records Online or the Tracing Your Family History videos on the Archives’ YouTube channel. As part of Digital Doors Open, learn more about the Archives of Ontario through the video below, browse their many online exhibits or piece together Ontario’s history by trying out an online jigsaw puzzle.

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

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134 Ian Macdonald Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario
http://www.archives.gov.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2009 (established in 1903)
Building type: Educational facility Government building Green building
Architect: B+H Architects

Arts Court Doors Open Ottawa

Arts Court

In 1978, Ottawa’s mayor recommended establishing a municipal arts centre, arts council, arts festival and a permanent art collection for the city. This building initially served as the Carleton County Court House, purpose-built in 1870-71. It was slated for demolition in 1980, but it was saved by the city and turned into the Arts Court. It officially opened in 1988.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Videos

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2 Daly Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
https://artscourt.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1870-71
Building type: Theatre Gallery
Architect: Robert Surtees

Ashbridge Estate, The Doors Open Toronto

Ashbridge Estate, The

The Ashbridge family was one of the founding families of Toronto (formerly York); they immigrated to York from Pennsylvania in 1793. They are also the only Toronto family to occupy their land continuously for 200 years. Two acres of the original homestead and an 1854 house have been preserved to tell their story. The Ashbridge Estate, owned by the Ontario Heritage Trust, is architecturally significant for the house’s simple Regency design with neoclassical elements. The grounds are also home to an urban farm, planted and cared for by Building Roots. As part of Digital Doors Open, explore this intriguing site through the video below.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

1444 Queen Street East
Toronto, Ontario
https://www.heritagetrust.on.ca/en/index.php/properties/ashbridge-estate

Architecture

Building type: Historical landmark Historical house

Assumption Church (Our Lady of the Assumption) Doors Open Windsor

Assumption Church (Our Lady of the Assumption)

Founded in 1728 to serve the Huron Indians, Assumption is the oldest Catholic parish west of Montreal. Construction of the current building started in 1842 and the church opened in 1845. The architect, Robert Thomas Elliot, received $10 for his work. Once an endangered heritage building, Assumption Church is currently undergoing a massive restoration project that began in 2019.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Parking
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms
  • Videos
  • Collections and resources
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

350 Huron Church Road
Windsor, Ontario
Email: assumption@dol.ca
https://assumptionparish.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1842-45
Building type: Place of worship
Architect: Robert Thomas Elliot

Auchmar Manor House Doors Open Hamilton

Auchmar Manor House

The Auchmar Manor House is a significant cultural landscape. This manor house, the last surviving country estate on Hamilton Mountain, was built for the Honourable Isaac Buchanan – Scotsman, entrepreneur, civic leader, politician and legendary Canadian public figure. Enjoy this rare opportunity to view the main floor of this Gothic revival house and the walled and landscaped grounds that surround it.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms
  • Videos
  • Virtual tours
  • Kid-friendly
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

88 Fennell Avenue West (at West 5th Street)
Hamilton, Ontario
Email: info@friendsofauchmar.ca
http://www.friendsofauchmar.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1852-54
Building type: Historical landmark Historical house

Aurora Borealis Orthodontics Doors Open Aurora

Aurora Borealis Orthodontics

The world’s only Star Trek-themed orthodontic office is filled with props from all of the Star Trek television series and motion pictures. The office has gathered worldwide attention – featured on CTV and Space, and in magazines and blogs. During Digital Doors Open, you will encounter Borg drones, concept artwork, medical devices, alien weaponry and technology, and even Tribbles. Explore this unique facility through their online slideshow or the video below. Live long and prosper!

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • Collections and resources

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15185 Yonge Street
Aurora, Ontario
http://www.auroraborealisorthodontics.com

Architecture

Building type: Commercial Health-care facility

Aurora Public Library Doors Open Aurora

Aurora Public Library

Aurora’s public library service began in 1855 with the formation of the Aurora Association for the Diffusion of Helpful Knowledge, later called the Aurora Mechanics’ Institute and Library Association. From these early organizations emerged the Aurora Public Library, now a busy, architecturally modern community hub in the heart of Aurora. While this facility remains closed to the public, there are many Digital Doors Open opportunities available – from virtual science labs (see a sample video here), summer camps, cooking classes, speakers’ series and live-streaming storytelling to a digital bookshelf where you can read, watch listen and learn. Genealogy enthusiasts can also take advantage of the free access to the Library Edition of Ancestry.com. And there’s so much more!

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

Contact info

15145 Yonge Street
Aurora, Ontario
http://www.library.aurora.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2001
Building type: Library
Architect: Shore Tilbe Irwin & Partners

Balfour House (Chedoke Estate) Doors Open Hamilton

Balfour House (Chedoke Estate)

Balfour House is Hamilton’s last great escarpment estate. Several prominent Hamiltonians have called it home since 1836, most recently the family of St. Clair Balfour. Owned by the Ontario Heritage Trust and managed by the City of Hamilton, the building and garden are spectacular.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms
  • Videos
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

1 Balfour Drive
Hamilton, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1836-38
Building type: Historical house

Barrow Bay Doors Open Northern Bruce Peninsula

Barrow Bay

A Bruce Trail side trail traverses this spectacular property, located east of Barrow Bay in Northern Bruce Peninsula. The Dobson and Deal properties, where this bay is situated, are owned by the Ontario Heritage Trust and managed by the Bruce Trail Conservancy. Over 268 species have been documented, including four species at risk observed on the property. As part of Digital Doors Open, take a virtual hike along this part of the Bruce Trail and see this property from the air by watching the video below.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • 2022 theme: Design
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info


Northern Bruce Peninsula, Ontario

Architecture


Battlefield House Museum & Park National Historic Site Doors Open Hamilton

Battlefield House Museum & Park National Historic Site

Battlefield House Museum & Park was the 19th-century homestead of the Gage Family. The Gages worked the land with their 10 children and became a strong voice in the hamlet of Stoney Creek. During the War of 1812, the family retreated to their cellar as the Battle of Stoney Creek raged outside. A 30.5-metre (100-foot) monument exists on the grounds built in the early 20th century at the pinnacle of nationalistic and imperial sentiment. The monument shows an affinity for architecture steeped in British tradition. It is made entirely of Canadian materials and is an exceptional example of Tudor Gothic revival, favoured for romantic associations with the past. Nestled under the scenic Niagara Escarpment, this historical site encompasses 13 hectares (32 acres) of parkland divided by Battlefield Creek. Recent restoration features include the 1926 Dunington-Grubb-designed landscape. As part of Digital Doors Open, watch the video below and learn about handmade toys that children played with in the early 1800s.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Architecture

Year built: 1796
Building type: Attraction Historical landmark Historical house Museum

Beaux Arts Brampton Doors Open Brampton

Beaux Arts Brampton

Operating since 2002, this volunteer-driven, artist-run gallery serves as a premiere exhibition space for emerging and established visual and multimedia artists and photographers. Beaux Arts features bright gallery spaces, a boutique gift shop, and creative business studios. The centre unites artist members and the creative audience in the spirit of fostering and celebrating the arts. As part of Digital Doors Open, learn more about the gallery in the video below.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos

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70-74 Main Street North
Brampton, Ontario
https://www.beauxartsbrampton.org

Architecture


Belleville Community Gardens Tour Doors Open Belleville

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Belleville Community Gardens Tour

The Community Garden Program was initiated by the City of Belleville Green Task Force in 2012. It gives residents a place to grow vegetables and flowers in designated parks. Anyone living in the Belleville area can apply. No special skills are required. The gardens include the Bayview Heights Community Gardens, the Ponton Park Community Gardens and the West Hill Park Community Gardens. Garden beds are awarded in March each year by lottery. Each name drawn will be assigned a garden bed and given exclusive use for the season (May to October). The program is free. Each garden bed provides 3.7 square metres (40 square feet) of growing space. Learn more about the gardens and the rules of the program and COVID-19 guidelines here. And, for Digital Doors Open, take a virtual tour of these community gardens here.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tours

Contact info

Start your tour at 75 Bay Drive
Belleville, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 2012

Architect: City of Belleville Green Task Force

Belleville Water Treatment Plant Doors Open Belleville

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Belleville Water Treatment Plant

Most of Belleville's drinking water is treated at the Gerry O'Connor Water Treatment Plant, located in the west end overlooking the Bay of Quinte. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and treats 72 million litres of water daily, which is enough to fill Belleville's water tower 24 times over. Its distribution system serves over 40,000 residents and businesses every day through 224 km (139 miles) of water mains. Energy projects have been done at the plant. Old boilers were replaced with new models to reduce natural gas consumption. Roof insulation was upgraded to R18. And new solar energy products were brought online. Belleville was recognized as a leader in energy conservation in 2015 and 2017 by Save on Energy and Veridian, now Elexicon Energy. As part of Digital Doors Open, you can take a virtual tour and learn more about the Water Treatment Plant here.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Virtual tours
  • 2022 theme: Design

Contact info

2 Sidney Street
Belleville, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: First pump house built in 1886; purchased by the City of Belleville in 1899

Bench Brewing Company (formerly Maple Grove School) Doors Open Lincoln

Bench Brewing Company (formerly Maple Grove School)

Uncovering and preserving Lincoln's rich history has been the passion and committed mission of the Friends of Lincoln's History since their doors opened in 2011. In association with the Ontario Historical Society, this registered not-for-profit has been collecting, cataloguing and archiving historical documents and artifacts related to Lincoln's history in hopes of encouraging an interest in continued preservation and education in Lincoln's archaeological, architectural and historical heritage. One of their recent community projects involved helping the team at Bench Brewing Company to uncover over 182 years of history embedded in the halls of Maple Grove School. This local historical building, which was once the longest-running active school in Ontario, would soon become the home for the Bench Brewing Company’s new brewery, and the team wanted to honour the school’s past not only by adapting the physical structure but also by documenting its story with assistance from the Friends of Lincoln’s History. As part of Digital Doors Open, watch the video series entitled Uncovering the Lincoln Archives – Part 1 can be seen below, with Part 2 and Part 3 available on YouTube.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos

Contact info

4890 Victoria Avenue North, Building #6
Lincoln, Ontario
Email: lincolnarchives@gmail.com
http://www.lincolnarchives.ca

Architecture

Building type: Commercial Educational facility Food and drink