Doors Open Ontario Kicks Off

on May 1, 2013

Merrickville

Since its launch in 2002, Doors Open Ontario has grown from 17 to 55 annual events representing hundreds of communities all across the province.

From April to October, more than 200 communities across the province will open the doors to some of their most unique and fascinating heritage sites. Visitors have the opportunity to discover or rediscover thousands of sites during 55 events. The participating locations range from mansions and museums to places of worship and green buildings. Trails and natural sites will also take place in Doors Open this year, with thousands of kilometers of walking, hiking and cycling trails.

Doors Open Ontario officially kicked off this past weekend with events in Guelph and Prince Edward County. Toronto’s “Doors Open” weekend is currently scheduled to take place between May 25 and May 26.

According to the Minister of Tourism, the event is only getting bigger.

“Our government is proud to partner with the Ontario Heritage Trust in making Ontario’s historical buildings, structures, natural heritage sites and trails open and accessible,” said Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “Growing year after year, Doors Open Ontario is an exciting opportunity to share and celebrate our unique shared identity and vibrant cultural landscape. I encourage people across the province to explore and experience all that Ontario’s historical legacy has to offer.”

This Doors Open Ontario 2013 theme is cultural expressions, which recognizes the relationship between heritage and the arts in an effort to get residents of the province to celebrate and appreciate the creative identity of what is around them

Here is a listing of when each Ontario city will host their Doors Open events:

Innifil – May 4

Peterborough – May 4

Whitby – May 4

Hamilton – May 4-5

Norfolk – May 11

Richmond Hill – May 11

Georgian Bay – May 19

Brockville/Thousand Islands – May 25-26

Kincardine – May 25-26

Orillia – May 25-26

Toronto – May 25 -26

Stratford – June 1

Whitchurch/Stouffville – June 1

Collingwood – June 1-2

Northumberland – June 1-2

Ottawa – June 1-2

Owen Sound – June 1-2

Clarington – June 8

Smiths Falls – June 9

South Muskoka – June 9

Fergus/Elora – June 22

Kingston – June 22

Huntsville/Lake Of Bays – June 29-30

Aurora – August 17

Hills Of Headwaters – August 17-18

Georgina – August 24

Cornwall and the Counties – September 7-8

Haliburton Highlands-Minden – September 7-8

Kawartha Lakes – September 8

Haldimand County – September 14

Quinte West – September 14

East Elgin – September 14

Brant – September 14

Port Stanley-Sparta – September 21

Waterloo Region – September 21

Amherstburg – September 28

Belleville – September 28

Burlington – September 28

Champlain Township – September 28

Markham – September 28

Mississauga – September 28

Newmarket – September 28

Oshawa – September 28

Parry Sound – September 28

St. Marys – September 28

Gananoque – September 28-29

London – September 28-29

Middlesex – September 28 – 29

Vaughan – September 28-29

Halton Hills – September 29

Bradford West Gwillimbury – October 5

Pickering – October 5

Niagara – October 18 – 20

Visit www.doorsopenontario.on.ca for detailed event information, highlights and site details. The website also offers interactive tools to help users plan their Doors Open Ontario experience – social networking tools to share information with friends and family, a “My Favourites” feature to help create a travel itinerary and keep track of favourite sites, and a quick links tool to help narrow site searches.