It’s time to step inside some of the province’s most architecturally, historically and culturally relevant buildings at the annual Doors Open Ontario. Take a peek inside provincial sites from historical buildings to modern marvels of construction that often go unnoticed and are generally inaccessible otherwise. Many of these hidden gems are found in the areas surrounding our communities in the GTA and Southwestern Ontario. Here are some of our favourite spots to head for a free tour.
Built in 1886, Alderlea house is an iconic heritage building located in the heart of downtown Brampton and recently restored to its original Victorian beauty.
The Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) was built in 1867 and was once the Peel County Courthouse and Jail. This designated heritage site is an incredible place to connect and explore Brampton’s rich heritage and culture.
Digital Canaries Film Studios is home to Hamilton’s largest movie, television, film and location studio. Take a guided tour of the Oval Office, an integration room, or over 20 other standing sets.
Alpacas from Eight and Mud is the perfect Saturday activity for the whole family. Visit Belfast Mini Mill where most the fibre and products are sold, and see how alpaca fiber is spun, woven and knitted. The Living Rock Food Truck, a social enterprise which works to create work experience and jobs for youth while supporting Living Rock’s Rock Resources and Food Services Programs, will be at onsite all afternoon.
Exchange Brewhouse was once Niagara’s first telephone exchange, and was converted to a brewery in 2015. The perfect place for a Saturday afternoon beer, Exchange Brewery has an incredible selection of signature craft beers for every preference.
The Living Memorial at Queenston Heights Park is dedicated to the contributions of the Six Nations and Indigenous allies throughout the War of 1812. The memorial land is an opportunity to explore the often unrecognized sacrifices that indigenous peoples played in defending the land and allowing Canada to remain the free country it is today.
Based out of the Grange, Heritage Mississauga will host an aboriginal Teaching Gathering with elders from the Mississauga of the New Credit First Nations and Me ́tis Nation of Ontario. This is an incredible opportunity to learn about traditional medicines and ceremonies as well as participate in singing and drumming with the elders.
The Ontario Centre for Classical Sport offers fencing and archery programs for all ages, and during Doors Open Ontario visitors have the opportunity to give fencing a try.
For a complete list of the Doors Open Ontario events, visit the website here.