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Waterloo Region

Event information

Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

43 participating sites. Visit first-time sites and past favourites for their architecture, their heritage, or the interesting things going on. Some have all three!

WATER – Water is life. Water is local. Water circles the globe – a single, closed cycle. It is fundamental. Our past, our present, our future. Water is the theme of Doors Open Waterloo Region 2019.

At 16 themed sites, explore the ways that water is at the centre of our lives. Indigenous water teachings, water treatment and distribution, watershed conservation and management, water research and science, natural areas and recreation, rivers, wastewater, flooding and floodplains, water efficiency in buildings, waterpower, bridges … all will be included in this year’s Doors Open Waterloo Region. Take in water-themed talks, walks, displays and activities.

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Community information

Waterloo Region is a mid-sized community located in the heart of Southwestern Ontario's greenbelt. We have all the amenities of a large, urban centre while maintaining the charm and character of a smaller rural community.

Each of our three cities offers its own unique attractions.

Cambridge has a rich, cultural history reflected in the picturesque limestone buildings lining the Grand and Speed rivers. It offers live theatre, museums and Canada's longest continually operating farmers' market. Explore more than 365 hectares (900 acres) of parkland or venture along the Grand by canoe or on the Cambridge to Paris Rail Trail.

Kitchener, the region's largest city, is a hub of urban activity. With a history of industry and working together, entrepreneurship is in its very roots. Small businesses and start-ups make up a large portion of the workforce, helping to drive the culture of innovation. Immerse yourself in the many large outdoor festivals and special events downtown throughout the year, learn to ski at Chicopee, or take in a show or sporting event at one of several major venues.

Waterloo is home to two of the highest-ranked universities in the country and attracts some of the best and brightest talent from around the world. Think tanks like the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics, the Centre for International Governance Innovation and the Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum Nano Centre are helping to translate great ideas into some of the most successful and innovative businesses in the country. Uptown Waterloo is a thriving urban centre with award-winning architecture, unique shops and fantastic restaurants.

Our peaceful rural landscape – comprising the townships of North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich – is dotted with many distinct towns and historical communities, as well as farms offering homemade sausages, maple syrup, apple butter, cheese and Mennonite furniture and quilts.

With a population of more than 530,000 people, Waterloo Region is one of the fastest-growing areas in Ontario. But it remains a community of communities, connected by high-quality transit, cycling and walking trails, and the scenic Grand River.

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Would you like to volunteer during Doors Open Waterloo Region? Just email us at doorsopen@regionofwaterloo.ca for more information.

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Telephone: 519-747-5139
Email: doorsopen@regionofwaterloo.ca
Website: www.regionofwaterloo.ca/doorsopen

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43 sites found

50 Kent Doors Open Waterloo Region

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50 Kent

50 Kent is home to organizations that share the values of peace, community and generosity – including Mennonite Central Committee, Thrift on Kent, and Kindred Credit Union. See the big donation sorting facility, the beautiful second floor, and the 774-panel, 200-kilowatt rooftop solar array. Visit the Region’s water efficiency booth and discover how to reduce water consumption and water bills.

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50 Kent Avenue
Kitchener , Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 2014
Architect: SRM Architects
Building type: Green building

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ancient Mariners Canoe Club and Cambridge Rowing Club (Riverbluffs Park Boathouse) Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Ancient Mariners Canoe Club and Cambridge Rowing Club (Riverbluffs Park Boathouse)

These two clubs will guide you through the big boathouse full of racing sculls and canoes. There will be demonstrations during Doors Open at 11 a.m. (rowing), 1:30 p.m. (canoe), and 2:30 p.m. (water safety). Bring your own people-powered watercraft, plus a lifejacket for each person, to the adjacent public boat launch and get onto the Grand River yourself!

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251 George Street North (Riverbluffs Park)
Cambridge , Ontario
www.cambridgerowingclub.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2001, 2006
Landscape: Natural heritage, Park

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Articus Productions at LOT42 Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Articus Productions at LOT42

Articus Productions inspires students and audiences through aerial classes for kids and adults, and its innovative shows that fuse circus artistry with theatre. Its training hub is in the LOT42 “global flex campus” and event venue, an industrial landmark. See the soaring spaces and watch an amazing show of strength and skill. Find out how you can try it yourself!

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41 Ardelt Place
Kitchener , Ontario
www.articusproductions.com

Architecture

Year built: 1955
Architect: attributed to Barnett and Rieder, Kitchener

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.; 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Ayr Wastewater Treatment Plant Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Ayr Wastewater Treatment Plant

Sinks, toilets, bathtubs … find out where the water goes. Tour one of Waterloo Region’s wastewater facilities that separates, aerates, clarifies, filters and disinfects more than 180 million litres daily. Take the rare opportunity to see behind the scenes of this very essential service. Access by guided tour only, every 30 minutes. Closed-toe shoes required to tour this facility.

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1292 Nith Road
Ayr, Ontario
www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/living-here/about-wastewater.aspx

Architecture

Year built: built 1978, 2002, 2006

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Beth Jacob Synagogue Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Beth Jacob Synagogue

This synagogue is the only one of its kind in Waterloo Region, incorporating design features of Moses’ tabernacle and the First and Second temples of Jerusalem, with excellent acoustics, religious items, stained-glass windows, and distinctive architecture. There will be three viewings only. Males are asked to wear hats, or the kippot supplied by Beth Jacob. No interior photography allowed.

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161 Stirling Avenue South
Kitchener , Ontario
www.bethjacobkw.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1962
Architect: Joseph B. Singer, Hamilton
Architectural style: Modernism
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: three viewings only (at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. sharp)

Black Bridge Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Black Bridge

Gather at the west end of the heritage-designated Black Bridge to learn about this and other significant bridges from Lindsay Benjamin, lead author of Arch, Truss and Beam: The Grand River Watershed Heritage Bridge Inventory. Restored in 1996, Black Bridge is a rare single-lane steel Pratt through-truss bridge, spanning the Speed River. Talks at 10 and 11 a.m. only.

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Meet at Black Bridge Road and the Speed River
Cambridge, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: c. 1916
Building type: Transportation

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: talks at 10 and 11 a.m. only, rain or shine

Black Horse Corners Heritage Outbuildings Doors Open Waterloo Region

Black Horse Corners Heritage Outbuildings

The long-vanished crossroads hamlet of Black Horse Corners centred around the Black Horse Inn (1853-75). See inside three outbuildings from that era, adjacent to the hamlet: a barn, smokehouse and stone-built former cheese factory from 1835. Also, during Doors Open, a to-scale, “skeletal” representation of the Black Horse Inn will be assembled on its original footprint at the crossroads.

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1784 Northumberland Street
North Dumfries Township, Ontario
www.home.golden.net/~shadynook/blackhorsecorner.html

Architecture

Year built: 1835-94; renovations 1994
Architect: Chris Borgal and John Clinckett (renovations)
Architectural style: Vernacular

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cambridge Gurdwara (Siri Guru Singh Sabha) Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Cambridge Gurdwara (Siri Guru Singh Sabha)

This new location of the Cambridge Gurdwara (Sikh temple) is home to the essential feature of all Gurdwaras: the Sikh holy scripture. The Gurdwara features a large prayer hall and community kitchen. Every Gurdwara is open to all people. Please wear clothing below the knee, and plan to cover your head (coverings provided). This is an alcohol-free, tobacco-free, drug-free space.

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1070 Townline Road
Cambridge, Ontario
www.sgsscambridge.com

Architecture

Year built: 2017
Architect: H. Dhir Architects Inc.
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Carmel New Church and School Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Carmel New Church and School

This church and its original school wing are arguably the crowning achievement of John Lingwood, one of Ontario’s more imaginative mid-20th-century architects. Fieldstone, ribbons of windows and an abstract, wood-shingled roof create a one-of-a-kind, sculptural building. Inside, wood, stone, terrazzo and dramatic angles produce subtle effects of light, colour and sound. Check their schedule for musical performances during Doors Open.

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40 Chapel Hill Drive
Kitchener , Ontario
www.carmelnewchurch.org

Architecture

Year built: 1962, 2002
Architect: John Lingwood, Kitchener (1962)
Architectural style: Modernism
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Central Presbyterian Church Doors Open Waterloo Region

Central Presbyterian Church

Rare bell tower tours will be offered at this, one of Waterloo Region’s great church buildings, immediately recognizable for its patterned slate roof and picturesque location on the Grand River. The 56-metre (184-foot) spire contains 10 bells, rung weekly. Highlights include a beautiful curving gallery from 1889, a 1928 Casavant organ, and stained glass from the 19th and 20th centuries.

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7 Queen's Square
Cambridge, Ontario
www.centralchurchcambridge.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1880-82
Architect: John Hall Jr., Guelph, with W.H. Mallory
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Centre for Cold Regions and Water Science at Wilfrid Laurier University Doors Open Waterloo Region

Centre for Cold Regions and Water Science at Wilfrid Laurier University

Home to the Laurier-Government of Northwest Territories Partnership, the Centre is at the forefront of research into the challenging issues facing water in our natural environment. Research here includes studies ranging from the Grand River Watershed to Canada’s Arctic. Guided tours of research labs and the rooftop greenhouse will be offered. Interactive hands-on science activities will also be available.

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65 Lodge Street
Waterloo, Ontario
www.wlu.ca/research/water

Architecture

Year built: 2015
Architect: Parkin Architects Ltd., Toronto
Building type: Educational facility, Green building

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Communitech Hub, The Doors Open Waterloo Region

Communitech Hub, The

A clubhouse for the Waterloo Region tech ecosystem, and headquarters for Communitech, the Hub occupies 7,432 square metres (80,000 square feet) in Kitchener’s historical Lang Tannery complex. Dedicated to world-leading collaboration and innovation, its unique model gathers key technology players under one roof – early-stage companies to multinationals, government agencies, academic institutions, and rapidly growing firms. Access by guided tour only.

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151 Charles Street West, Suite 100
Kitchener, Ontario
www.communitech.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1896-1956, renovations 2008-10, 2011-12, 2015-16
Architect: C.E. Cowan, Kitchener (1896), RAW design, Toronto (2008-10, 2011-12)

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ctrl V Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Ctrl V

Drop in for a free session in one of the virtual reality bays at North America’s first VR arcade. Ask the experts about the technology and equipment that makes it all happen. With so many experiences available, VR is for everyone, and Ctrl V is a safe, fun, exciting environment – perfect for birthdays, groups, corporate events, field trips and more!

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170 Columbia Street West, Suite 5
Waterloo , Ontario
www.ctrlv.ca

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dayalbagh Radhasoami Satsang Association of North America (DRSANA)-Canada Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Dayalbagh Radhasoami Satsang Association of North America (DRSANA)-Canada

Originally St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, this hilltop heritage building contains stained glass, an organ and an embossed tin ceiling. Following acquisition by DRSANA-Canada, it now serves as a place of worship for Radhasoami faith – with training for holistic development, community service, and promoting fellowship to create a better world. No shoes, food or drink in the prayer hall.

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34 Eagle Hill
Cambridge, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1867; renovated 2017-18
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Detweiler Meetinghouse Doors Open Waterloo Region

Detweiler Meetinghouse

Ontario’s only surviving stone Mennonite meetinghouse was restored to its 1855 appearance, from its Georgian hand-blown glass windows to its original pine floors. Lively acoustics make it attractive for performances; it’s available for milestones, weddings and reunions. The adjacent historical cemetery is still in use. Stroll the grounds and enjoy this rare heritage building in its serene rural setting.

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3445 Roseville Road
Roseville, Ontario
www.detweilermeetinghouse.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1855
Architectural style: Georgian, Vernacular
Building type: Cemetery, Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

evolv1 Doors Open Waterloo Region

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evolv1

Canada’s first zero carbon building in its category, evolv1’s net-positive energy performance earned it the highest environmental certification from the Canada Green Building Council. Guided tours of the common areas and tenant spaces (evolvGREEN, EY and TextNow) will highlight evolv1's technologies, and environmental and climate research. Expert talks focus on the 2019 water theme. Visit our website for a schedule.

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420 Wes Graham Way
Waterloo, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 2017-18
Architect: The Cora Group and Stantec, Waterloo
Building type: Commercial, Educational facility, Green building

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fashion History Museum Doors Open Waterloo Region

Fashion History Museum

Founded in 2004, the museum opened galleries here in the former Hespeler Post Office in 2015. Items from the 300-year, 12,000-plus-piece collection are featured in changing exhibitions. See Made in France, exploring couture and its influence on the fashion world (many of the most famous fashion houses and brands will be exhibited), and Bes Ben: The Mad Hatter of Chicago.

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74 Queen Street East
Cambridge, Ontario
www.fashionhistorymuseum.com

Architecture

Year built: 1928, 1973
Architect: T.W. Fuller, Chief Architect, Department of Public Works
Building type: Museum, Post office

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Four Fathers Brewing Co. Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Four Fathers Brewing Co.

Peek inside the Four Fathers production and brewing facility. This premium craft brewery, pub and restaurant is located in a heritage landmark that began a century ago as a wood millworks, and became the Simplicity Washing Machine factory. Access by guided tour only, every 30 minutes, for the first 20 arrivals. Closed-toe shoes are required to tour this facility.

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125 Guelph Avenue
Cambridge, Ontario
www.fourfathersbrewing.ca

Architecture

Year built: c. 1919; 1962, later additions
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: Noon to 5 p.m.

Galt Carnegie Library Building Doors Open Waterloo Region

Galt Carnegie Library Building

Its monumental, ornate stone beaux arts portico with Ionic columns and other fine sculptural work makes this the grandest of Waterloo Region’s surviving Carnegie library buildings. The building owners have retained many original interior elements. Inside, find intricate ceiling plasterwork, pillars and pilasters, restored wood trim and broad staircase, and both stained and leaded glass.

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34 Water Street North
Cambridge, Ontario
www.pcisred.com

Architecture

Year built: 1903
Architect: F.W. Mellish
Architectural style: Beaux arts, Classical revival
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) Headquarters Doors Open Waterloo Region

Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) Headquarters

Get a close-up look at a working dam, visit the flood control centre, and learn how the GRCA manages water resources for almost one million people: reducing flood damage, providing access to outdoor spaces, sharing environmental information, and making the Grand River watershed more resilient to climate change. An illustrated 11 a.m. talk will survey the local history of waterpower.

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400 Clyde Road
Cambridge, Ontario
www.grandriver.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1973
Architect: Horton and Ball, Kitchener
Architectural style: Brutalism
Landscape: Conservation area, Natural heritage

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Greenbrook Water Treatment Plant Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Greenbrook Water Treatment Plant

Public water service in Berlin/Kitchener began 130 years ago, with the first pumphouse on this site. Tour the pump room and water treatment area and learn how water from aquifers deep underground gets to your kitchen tap. Outdoors (weather permitting), find out all about groundwater and supply wells. Greenbrook received heritage designation in 1998. Access by guided tour only.

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20 Greenbrook Drive (Stirling Avenue is closed from Highland Road to Homer Watson Blvd.; approach via Westmount Road/Greenbrook Drive, or Homer Watson Blvd.)
Kitchener, Ontario
www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/water-and-wastewater.aspx

Architecture

Year built: 1930, 1960, 1990, 2010

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church Doors Open Waterloo Region

Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church

This church is the spiritual and cultural home to generations of Ukrainian immigrants and Canadians of Ukrainian descent. The traditional Byzantine interior has outstanding painted iconography, an ornate carved-wood iconostasis and a glorious brass chandelier. Join them for a talk at 2 p.m. – Iconography: Windows into Heaven, by Father Myroslaw Tataryn, theologian and professor at St. Jerome’s University.

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131 Victoria Street South
Kitchener, Ontario
www.holytransfigurationkw.com

Architecture

Year built: 1926
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kaufman Footwear Lobby and Office (Kaufman Lofts) Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Kaufman Footwear Lobby and Office (Kaufman Lofts)

Step through the impressive main entrance of the Kaufman Footwear factory, now Kaufman Lofts. Visit the lobby and former executive office. See original plaster ceilings, pendant lighting, woodwork, stone trim, flooring, fireplace and other original fixtures. Architect Albert Kahn pioneered a revolution in industrial building technology in structures like this, increasing window area, fireproofing and open space.

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404 King Street West (enter at the corner of King Street West and Francis Street North)
Kitchener , Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1908, 1911, 1920, 1925, renovated 2005-06
Architect: Albert Kahn, Detroit (1908-25), Quadrangle Architects, Toronto (2005-06)

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Knox's Galt Presbyterian Church Doors Open Waterloo Region

Knox's Galt Presbyterian Church

Knox’s celebrates 175 years as a congregation, and 150 years in this grand, well-proportioned Gothic revival church with its skilfully executed limestone and granite stonemasonry, six-storey bell tower, slate roof and large pointed-arch windows. Inside, a deep gallery with an intricate metalwork railing runs the width of the vast nave. Delicately ornamented arch braces span the high, shallow-pitched ceiling.

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2 Grand Avenue South (Queen's Square)
Cambridge, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1869
Architect: James A. Smith
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

McMaster University Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine Doors Open Waterloo Region

McMaster University Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine

The subdued design of this School of Medicine, in the heart of Kitchener’s Innovation District, contrasts with that of its landmark neighbour, the School of Pharmacy, with a welcoming, landscaped public space in between. Tour the campus, including a clinical skills laboratory with four observation rooms, video-conferencing classrooms and a state-of-the-art anatomy lab with a high-definition video system.

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10B Victoria Street South (free Doors Open parking: UW Lot 3; enter from Joseph Street)
Kitchener, Ontario
https://mdprogram.mcmaster.ca/campus/waterloo-regional-campus

Architecture

Year built: 2009
Architect: Siamak Hariri, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Toronto
Building type: Educational facility, Health-care facility

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA)

Tour MEDA’s international headquarters, explore its mission to create business solutions to poverty, and see how its new offices reflect values of environmental sustainability, entrepreneurship and innovation. Guided tours are offered from 1 to 3 p.m., with an open-house format the rest of the day. Panel discussion at 12:30 p.m. on gender equality and environmental sustainability in international economic development.

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595 Parkside Drive, Suite 2
Waterloo , Ontario
www.meda.org

Architecture

Year built: 2013, renovated 2018
Architect: NEO Architecture Inc., Kitchener (2018)
Building type: Commercial, Green building

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

North Inc. Doors Open Waterloo Region

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North Inc.

Join North for a look into their downtown Kitchener head office, the former Schreiter’s Furniture store, with product demos and more! North makes Focals, custom-built smart glasses with a display that only the wearer can see. Learn how this heritage building flourished in Kitchener’s manufacturing district and is today reimagined and cared for by the tech industry.

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27 Gaukel Street
Kitchener , Ontario
www.bynorth.com

Architecture

Year built: c. 1920, renovated 2018
Architect: Edge Architects and Dfy Studio (2018)

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

OTTO Motors Doors Open Waterloo Region

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OTTO Motors

OTTO Motors, a division of Clearpath Inc., designs, manufactures and operates self-driving vehicles to automate material movement inside factories and warehouses. Easy-to-use OTTO vehicles move inventory safely and flexibly throughout the indoor supply chain. See where they’re tested, watch live demos, talk with the team, or learn how you can be part of OTTO Motors! Access by guided tour only.

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1425 Strasburg Road, Unit 2A
Kitchener, Ontario
www.ottomotors.com

Architecture

Year built: 2014

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Polocorp (former J.M. Schneider Home) Doors Open Waterloo Region

Polocorp (former J.M. Schneider Home)

Originally known as Buena Vista, this large two-storey red brick Italianate-style residence was “modernized” with Queen Anne features around 1900. Built for insurance broker J.M. Staebler, and subsequently acquired by the J.M. Schneider family, the home and original coach house contain much of the original woodwork, leaded and stained glass, decorative plasterwork, and an elaborate fireplace and mirrored mantelpiece.

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379 Queen Street South
Kitchener, Ontario
www.polocorpinc.com

Architecture

Year built: 1878; addition 2001
Architect: Robert J. Dyck (2001)
Architectural style: Italianate

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Reep House for Sustainable Living Doors Open Waterloo Region

Reep House for Sustainable Living

Among the first residential retrofits certified Platinum by LEED Canada for Homes, the environmental charity Reep Green Solutions, celebrating 20 years in 2019, renovated and maintains Reep House to inspire action by showcasing sustainable technology – such as solar power, a grey-water system, geothermal heating, storm-water management, and insulation options. Staff, volunteers and displays will help and inform visitors.

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20 Mill Street
Kitchener, Ontario
www.reepgreen.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1905, renovated 2010
Architect: Graham Whiting (2010)
Architectural style: Vernacular
Building type: Green building

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Reids Chocolate Factory Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Reids Chocolate Factory

Behind the new Reids retail shop on Elgin Street is the production facility where the chocolates are made – the latest development in a 70-year family tradition of the Reid Candy & Nut Shop in Cambridge. Tour the facility and learn about the steps and techniques, start to finish, from the people who make these mouthwatering treats!

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39 Elgin Street South
Cambridge, Ontario
www.reidchocolates.com

Architecture

Building type: Commercial, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

River Walk Doors Open Waterloo Region

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River Walk

You are invited to see the Body of Waters exhibition at the Cambridge Art Galleries’ Queen’s Square Gallery, and then join this interactive walk along the Grand River, sharing memories/learning facts. Do you have interesting information or a story to share? Sign up at the Design at Riverside Gallery or by email. Also part of the Common Waters project.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

Meet at the Idea Exchange, Queen’s Square Gallery (1 North Square)
Cambridge, Ontario
www.ideaexchange.org/art/exhibition/common-waters

Architecture

Landscape: Landscape, Natural heritage

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: starts at 2 p.m. (one tour only, rain or shine)

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Bridgeport Doors Open Waterloo Region

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St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Bridgeport

Come and experience the largely unaltered mid-century interior of this simple church, soon to be demolished. It was the work of Carl Rieder, Waterloo Region’s prolific, noteworthy postwar architect. The congregation will continue in a future building on this site, but this is one of the last chances to see inside this 1956 building, exemplary of its era in design.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

544 Bridgeport Road East
Kitchener , Ontario
www.stpaulsbridgeport.weebly.com

Architecture

Year built: 1956
Architect: Barnett and Rieder, Kitchener
Architectural style: Modernism
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Terminal Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Terminal

View Kitchener’s changing skyline from Terminal’s penthouse suite, renovated by tech industry specialists Dfy Studio, with murals by Stephanie Scott. Building remote teams of engineers around the world, Terminal helps tech companies to scale while avoiding the talent war. Kitchener’s first office tower, 305 King, retains its original elegance, including travertine marble and steel trim. Access by guided tour only.

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  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

305 King Street West, floors 11 and 12
Kitchener, Ontario
www.terminal.io/locations/kitchener-waterloo

Architecture

Year built: 1964, renovated 2018
Architect: Webb Zerafa Menkes Housden, Toronto (1964), Dfy Studio, Kitchener (2018)
Architectural style: International
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Trinity Anglican Church Doors Open Waterloo Region

Trinity Anglican Church

Celebrating 175 years in 2019, Trinity Anglican is Galt’s oldest church building and Waterloo Region’s oldest stone church. This beautiful, simple Gothic revival building is set in a traditional churchyard surrounded by a cobblestone fence with a 1909 lych-gate. Inside, the exposed-timber roof has heavy trusses decorated with ornate fretwork. Also see stained-glass windows and lots of carved woodwork.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

12 Blair Road
Cambridge, Ontario
www.trinityanglican.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1844; 1885
Architect: R.C. Windeyer (1885)
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy Doors Open Waterloo Region

University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy

Distinctive for its colourful façade that features images of medicinal plants, the School of Pharmacy optimizes natural light and uses organic materials including wood, copper and stone to create a welcoming environment for students, staff and the community. Tour the labs and classrooms in this award-winning building, and learn about the expanding role of pharmacists in the Canadian health-care system.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

10A Victoria Street South (free Doors Open parking: University of Waterloo Lot 3; enter from Joseph Street)
Kitchener, Ontario
www.pharmacy.uwaterloo.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2009
Architect: Siamak Hariri, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Toronto
Building type: Educational facility, Health-care facility

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Walking the 100-Year Floodline: Kitchener Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Walking the 100-Year Floodline: Kitchener

Waterloo Region’s urban cores have “100-year” peak floodlines, affecting thousands. In today’s climate emergency, major 100-year floods are more frequent. We can adapt. But who will be affected, and how? Green-building architect Graham Whiting’s 90- to 120-minute walk along Kitchener's floodline will trace it in sidewalk chalk, and discuss implications, opportunities and fears of water moving in our cities.

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  • Guided tours available

Contact info

Meet at the Roos Island Bandshell (Victoria Park)
Kitchener, Ontario

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 2 to 4 p.m. (one tour only, rain or shine)

Walking the 100-Year Floodline: Waterloo Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Walking the 100-Year Floodline: Waterloo

Waterloo Region’s urban cores have “100-year” peak floodlines, affecting thousands. In today’s climate emergency, major 100-year floods are more frequent. We can adapt. But who will be affected, and how? Green-building architect Graham Whiting’s 90- to 120-minute walk along Waterloo's floodline will trace it in sidewalk chalk, and discuss implications, opportunities and fears of water moving in our cities.

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  • Guided tours available

Contact info

Meet at The Grist Mill (Waterloo Park at Caroline Street North)
Waterloo, Ontario

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to Noon (one tour only, rain or shine)

Water Ceremony for the Grand River Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Water Ceremony for the Grand River

All Nations, as with recent Water Walks along the Grand River, are invited to honour the Spirit of the Water to which this traditional Anishinaabe ceremony connects us – praying for her, singing to her, feeding her. Women lead the ceremony, and those wishing to participate are asked to wear skirts to honour its protocol. Please arrive on time. No pets.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access

Contact info

Meet at the M.R. Good Family Trailway access point
Kitchener, Ontario

Architecture

Landscape: Natural heritage

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Waterloo County Gaol and Governor's House Doors Open Waterloo Region

Waterloo County Gaol and Governor's House

The oldest Waterloo County buildings in existence are Doors Open favourites, participating together nearly every year. The massive granite Gaol houses Provincial Offences courtrooms. The Victorian Governor’s House (jail warden’s home) is home to the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council. The newly enhanced Gaol Gardens offer a peaceful retreat. Explore this site on a scavenger hunt … with prizes!

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  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms

Contact info

73-77 Queen Street North
Kitchener, Ontario
www.preventingcrime.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1852-53 (gaol); 1878 (Governor's House)
Architect: Mellish & Russell, Brantford (gaol); D.W. Gingerich, Waterloo (Governor's House)
Architectural style: Classical revival, Italianate, Victorian
Building type: Courthouse, Historical house

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Waterloo Pioneers Memorial Tower Doors Open Waterloo Region

Waterloo Pioneers Memorial Tower

Visitors will have rare access to the observation deck of this tower, which commemorates the arrival of Pennsylvania-Germans to Waterloo Region c. 1800, and built partly as a goodwill response to anti-German sentiment during the First World War. Its random-coursed fieldstone construction, tapered Swiss copper roof and Conestoga wagon weathervane reflect the origin and farming lifestyle of these early settlers.

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  • French services available
  • National Historic Site (Canada)

Contact info

300 Lookout Lane
Kitchener, Ontario
www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/woodside/culture/waterloo/info

Architecture

Year built: 1926; restored 1997-2002
Architect: William Langton, Toronto
Building type: Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Willibald Farm Distillery and Kitchen Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Willibald Farm Distillery and Kitchen

Tour the Willibald farm distillery operation where they also grow produce, rye grain and lavender, raise heritage cattle, and run an apiary for honey and pollination. Its farm-to-table restaurant uses its agricultural production, showcasing sustainability, food seasonality and the spirits they produce. The distillery draws its water on site. Optional sampling following the tour; the restaurant will also be open.

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  • Parking
  • Food vendors
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

1271 Reidsville Road
Ayr, Ontario
www.drinkwillibald.com

Architecture

Year built: 2017
Architect: Stonecrest Engineering
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: Noon to 5 p.m.

Young Chapel and Heritage Mausoleum (Mount View Cemetery) Doors Open Waterloo Region

Young Chapel and Heritage Mausoleum (Mount View Cemetery)

The Young Chapel, beautifully preserved and infrequently opened, is a serene retreat in an idyllic hillside setting. Its hammer-beam roof trusses, restored stained glass, woodwork, lighting, furniture, two-floor casket hoist, vault and Young family crypt are all original. The large mausoleum, also rarely opened, has an interior of highly polished marble. The seven original stained-glass windows are still in place.

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  • Parking

Contact info

80 Blenheim Road
Cambridge, Ontario
www.cambridge.ca/en/parks-recreation-culture/Cemeteries.aspx

Architecture

Year built: 1928-29 (chapel); c. 1920 (mausoleum)
Architect: G.R. Gouinlock (chapel)
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Cemetery, Place of worship
Landscape: Landscape

Dates/hours open

Saturday September 21, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.