Media Advisory - Exciting season of Doors Open Ontario events ahead!

TORONTO, May 1, 2014 /CNW/ - The Doors Open Ontario 2014 season officially kicks off on May 3 with events in four communities – Guelph, Peterborough, Whitby and Hamilton. This year's program features hundreds of communities participating in 49 provincewide events.

Every year from May to October, communities across the province open the doors to hundreds of historical buildings, places of worship, museums, private homes, industrial areas, green buildings, heritage gardens and other interesting venues – some of which are rarely accessible to the public. Many of the participating sites offer special activities, such as tours, exhibitions and demonstrations – all free of charge!

The Doors Open Ontario 2014 theme – Remembering the First World War: Ontario in transition – recognizes that the people of Ontario saw change in meaningful and measurable ways. Doors Open 2014 events include sites like armouries, Legion halls and war memorials where the impact of the war is clear. Sites include concert and assembly halls, town halls where war rallies were held and railway stations where so many Ontarians left for war.

Two new events are joining the program this year. Wellington North and Trails Open London are hosting events to tell the stories of their local built and natural heritage.

Trails Open Ontario 2014 – supported by TD Bank Group – features special tours and activities to showcase Ontario's breathtaking natural heritage along thousands of kilometres of walking, hiking and cycling trails.

Since its launch in 2002, Doors Open Ontario has grown annually, representing hundreds of communities across the province. In total, nearly 5 million visits have been made to 5,150 sites. Visitors to Doors Open Ontario events have spent over $45 million in Ontario's communities.

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.

This year, the Ontario Heritage Trust will distribute 1.2 million Doors Open Ontario 2014 brochures to promote the program. Look for a copy of the brochure in newspapers across the province in mid-April.

Doors Open Ontario is a program of the Ontario Heritage Trust, with funding support from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation, and TD Bank Group. The Trust is an agency of the Government of Ontario dedicated to identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting Ontario's heritage.

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Doors Open Ontario 2014 calendar of events

Community Name

Date

Guelph

May 3

Peterborough

May 3

Whitby

May 3

Hamilton

May 3-4

Richmond Hill

May 10

Orillia

May 24

Brockville-Thousand Islands

May 24-25

Toronto

May 24-25

Owen Sound

May 31-June 1

Stratford

June 7

Whitchurch-Stouffville

June 7

Huronia

June 7-8

Northumberland

June 7-8

Ottawa

June 7-8

Smiths Falls

June 8

Clarington

June 14

NEW! Trails Open London  

June 14-15

Fergus-Elora

June 21

Kingston

June 21

Lambton County

June 21-22

Aurora

August 16

Gravenhurst

August 16-17

Headwaters

August 16-17

Thunder Bay

September 6

Haliburton

September 6-7

Kawartha Lakes

September 7

Bay of Quinte

September 13

Huron County

September 13-14

Middlesex

September 13-14

Perth

September 20

Port Stanley-Sparta

September 20

Waterloo Region

September 20

Haldimand County

September 21

Ajax

September 27

Burlington

September 27

Grimsby

September 27

Markham

September 27

Mississauga

September 27

Muskoka Lakes

September 27

Parry Sound

September 27

Walkerton and Area

September 27

NEW! Wellington North

September 27

Gananoque

September 27-28

Halton Region

September 27-28

London

September 27-28

Oshawa

September 27-28

Windsor

September 27-28

Bradford-West Gwillimbury

October 4

St. Thomas

October 18

SOURCE Ontario Heritage Trust

For further information: Niya Bajaj, Senior Marketing and Communications Specialist, 416-325-5074, niya.bajaj@heritagetrust.on.ca; www.heritagetrust.on.ca, http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/, Twitter: @ONHeritage, www.facebook.com/OntarioHeritageTrust