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Explore the province's hidden gems: Doors Open Ontario returns

Open your mind, open the doors, and uncover the stories that shape Ontario's vibrant heritage and culture.
Dundurn Castle in Hamilton

As spring blooms across the province, so does the anticipation for Doors Open Ontario, the eagerly awaited event that invites residents to explore some of the most fascinating heritage properties across the province.

Organized by the Ontario Heritage Trust, Doors Open Ontario offers a unique opportunity to delve into the past, present, and future of the province. This annual event grants exclusive access to a myriad of intriguing locations—including buildings, natural spaces, infrastructure, and cultural landscapes—allowing visitors to explore hidden treasures and architectural wonders that are not typically open to the public.

During Doors Open, visitors will be able to explore historic and significant buildings, studios, and sites usually restricted to the public. The best part? Admission to these captivating destinations is entirely free, making it an accessible for all.

This years events kick off in Guelph on April 27, with events taking place throughout the spring, summer, and fall seasons in various cities, towns, and regions throughout the province. From historic buildings steeped in tales of yesteryears to innovative studios showcasing contemporary creativity, each stop on the Doors Open itinerary promises an enriching and immersive experience.

Here's a sneak peek at the cities, towns, and regions participating in this year's Doors Open Ontario:

  • Guelph — April 27
  • Oshawa — May 4
  • Hamilton Region — May 4-5
  • Richmond Hill — May 11
  • Toronto — May 25-26
  • Ottawa — June 1-2
  • Whitchurch-Stouffville — June 1
  • Markham — June 8
  • Loyalist Township — June 15
  • Kingston and Area — July 20
  • Burlington — August 10
  • Cornwall and SDG Counties — August 17-18
  • Owen Sound — August 24
  • Belleville — September 7
  • Carleton Place — September 14
  • Peterborough — September 14
  • Kawartha Lakes — September 15
  • Waterloo Region — September 21
  • London — September 21-22
  • Mississippi Mills — September 22
  • Brockton — September 28
  • Lambton County — September 28-29
  • Halton Hills — September 29
  • Timmins — October 5
  • Niagara-on-the-Lake — October 19
  • Niagara Falls — October 26-27

Stay tuned for updates on participating locations in Brampton, Simcoe County, and Vaughan as they confirm their participation in this exciting event.

So, mark your calendars and get ready to embark on a journey of discovery and exploration with Doors Open Ontario. Open your mind, open the doors, and uncover the stories that shape Ontario's vibrant heritage and culture.