Doors Open Ontario 2009 kicks off on April 25



    TORONTO, April 8 /CNW/ - Doors Open Ontario 2009 kicks off on April 25
with an event in Guelph. This year, visitors will have the chance to explore
heritage buildings, architectural showpieces and community landmarks at 48
events across the province.
    Six of the events in 2009 are new. Lake of Bays, Richmond Hill, Minden,
East Elgin, Milton and St. Thomas have all joined the program. Another
highlight to watch for this season is the binational event in Niagara,
featuring sites in both Ontario and Western New York.
    "Since the inception of Doors Open Ontario in 2002, nearly three million
visits have been made to heritage sites during community events," said the
Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander, Chairman of the Ontario Heritage Trust. "This
year's theme - Uniquely Ontario - will enable each community to showcase and
celebrate its distinctive identity through its landscapes, architecture and
traditions."
    Each year, hundreds of historic buildings, natural spaces and heritage
gardens, some of which are rarely accessible to the public - open free of
charge as part of Doors Open Ontario. Many of the participating sites offer
special activities, such as tours, exhibitions and demonstrations. To find out
more, pick up a free Doors Open Ontario 2009 Guide - listing each event along
with a selection of participating community sites. The Guide will be
distributed in the Ontario edition of The Globe and Mail this Friday; it is
also available by calling 1-800-ONTARIO (668-2746). For a complete list of
participating sites, visit www.doorsopenontario.on.ca.
    "Doors Open Ontario is a great way to grow cultural tourism and raise the
profile of heritage in Ontario," said Aileen Carroll, Minister of Culture.
"The Ontario Heritage Trust has done an outstanding job of turning this event
into a cultural phenomenon. I receive terrific feedback from every community I
visit."
    As always, Doors Open Ontario offers a chance to discover a variety of
historic sites and hidden treasures across the province. Some of the
interesting sites to explore this year include: the Guelph Correctional
Centre, built as the provincial penitentiary in 1909 and considered in its
time the best-equipped jail in Canada (Guelph); the Aurora Readiness
Centre/Bunker - Former Cold War Emergency Control Headquarters for Metro
Toronto, established in 1962 following the Cuban missile crisis and located
beneath a circa-1875 farmhouse (Aurora); Canada Southern Railway Station,
built in 1873 and partially restored to the 1918-25 period, serving for 106
years as St. Thomas's main depot and connecting the community to such cities
as New York, Chicago, Detroit and Toronto (St. Thomas); and, the Great Lakes
International Marine Training Centre at Georgian College, described as an
"IMAX theatre on steroids," featuring the most advanced marine training
simulators in the country (Owen Sound).
    Doors Open Ontario is a program of the Ontario Heritage Trust. The Trust
also coordinates Trails Open Ontario, with support from the Government of
Ontario. Information on this year's Trails Open Ontario program will be
available soon at www.heritagetrust.on.ca and in the Doors Open Ontario 2009
Guide.
    Sponsors of Doors Open Ontario 2009 include: The Globe and Mail, Vale
Inco, the Ministry of Culture, the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership
Corporation and all the participating communities. New this year, the Ontario
Heritage Trust is delighted to partner with Henry's to launch the Doors Open
Ontario 2009 Digital Photo Contest, which will provide prizes for outstanding
event photo submissions. Full contest rules and details are available at
www.doorsopenontario.on.ca.
    The Ontario Heritage Trust is an agency of the Government of Ontario
dedicated to identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting Ontario's
heritage for present and future generations.

    
    Quick Facts:

    -   From April to October, Doors Open Ontario invites residents and
        visitors to discover Ontario's hidden heritage treasures free of
        charge, some of which have never been open to the public.
    -   Since the program was launched in 2002, nearly three million visits
        have been made to heritage sites participating in this exciting
        initiative.
    -   Doors Open Ontario 2009 will feature hundreds of communities
        participating in 48 events across the province.
    -   Trails Open Ontario 2009 features 42 trail systems, plus Conservation
        Ontario and its 36 conservation authorities.

    A list of Doors Open Ontario 2009 community events is attached.

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                   Doors Open Ontario 2009 Community Events

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    Doors Open Amherstburg                              September 19
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    Doors Open Aurora                                   August 15
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    Doors Open Barrie                                   September 20
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    Doors Open Brant                                    September 26
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    Doors Open Brockville and the Thousand Islands      May 23
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    Doors Open Chatham-Kent                             May 9
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    Doors Open Cornwall & Seaway Valley                 September 12-13
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    Doors Open East Elgin (NEW)                         September 26
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    Doors Open Fergus-Elora                             June 20
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    Doors Open Gananoque                                October 3-4
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    Doors Open Greater Sudbury                          October 3
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    Doors Open Guelph                                   April 25
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    Doors Open Haldimand County                         September 19
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    Doors Open Hamilton                                 May 2-3
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    Doors Open Hills of Headwaters                      August 15
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    Doors Open Huronia                                  June 6-7
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    Doors Open Kawartha Lakes                           September 13
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    Doors Open Kincardine                               October 17-18
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    Doors Open King Township                            September 26
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    Doors Open Kingston                                 June 20
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    Doors Open Lake of Bays (NEW)                       June 13
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    Doors Open London                                   September 19-20
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    Doors Open Markham                                  August 29
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    Doors Open Milton (NEW)                             September 26
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    Doors Open Minden (NEW)                             June 20
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    Doors Open Mississauga                              September 19
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    Doors Open Newmarket                                September 19
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    Doors Open Niagara (Ontario and Western New York)   October 17-18
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    Doors Open Norfolk County                           May 23-24
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    Doors Open Oakville                                 September 26-27
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    Doors Open Orillia                                  May 23-24
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    Doors Open Oshawa                                   September 26-27
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    Doors Open Ottawa                                   June 6-7
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    Doors Open Owen Sound                               June 6-7
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    Doors Open Oxford                                   May 23
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    Doors Open Perth                                    July 11
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    Doors Open Peterborough                             October 3
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    Doors Open Port Stanley-Sparta                      October 3
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    Doors Open Richmond Hill (NEW)                      June 13
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    Doors Open Rideau Lakes-Westport                    September 19
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    Doors Open Smiths Falls                             June 7
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    Doors Open St. Marys                                May 23
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    Doors Open St. Thomas (NEW)                         October 17-18
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    Doors Open Toronto                                  May 23-24
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    Doors Open Vaughan                                  September 26-27
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    Doors Open Waterloo Region                          September 19
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    Doors Open Whitby                                   May 2
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    Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville                   June 6
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For further information:

For further information: Liane Nowosielski, Assistant Marketing and
Communications Coordinator, Ontario Heritage Trust, Telephone: (416) 325-5032,
E-mail: liane.nowosielski@heritagetrust.on.ca


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