#DoorsOpenOntario 2017 is in full swing - Discover the story behind every door!

TORONTO, May 24, 2017 /CNW/ - The Ontario Heritage Trust celebrated Doors Open Ontario 2017 on May 17 with a rare, behind-the-scenes look at some of Toronto's most fascinating Doors Open Ontario sites. This exclusive preview included stops at St. Michael's Cathedral Basilica, the Don Jail and backstage access to the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre. All three sites are part of Doors Open Toronto on May 27 and 28.

Representatives from 17 Doors Open Ontario events from across the province also attended to promote events happening throughout Ontario from May to October. This season, Doors Open Ontario commemorates the 150th anniversary of Confederation with themed activities, tours, exhibitions and demonstrations – all free of charge! Over 1,000 sites, from local breweries to natural landscapes, century-old cabins and modern marvels of engineering, have joined the program, offering visitors the chance to experience Ontario's unique history during this historic milestone. For detailed event information and interactive tools to help you plan your Doors Open Ontario experience, visit doorsopenontario.on.ca.

Doors Open Ontario – recognized as one of the 2017 Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario – is a program of the Ontario Heritage Trust, with funding support provided by the Ontario150 program.

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"The Ontario Heritage Trust's Doors Open Ontario enables visitors and residents alike to explore our vibrant and diverse heritage. Whether old or new, each site offers a glimpse into our shared history as Ontarians – discover these fascinating sites and the stories they tell, and join us as we explore our history, identity and cultural heritage."
Beth Hanna, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Heritage Trust

"Ontario's 150th anniversary is an opportunity to come together and celebrate the incredible province we live in. Doors Open Ontario highlights our rich history through our province's most fascinating cultural sites. I encourage all Ontarians and visitors to join the festivities and explore Ontario's heritage during this exciting year."
Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Quick Facts

  • Doors Open Ontario 2017 features over 1,000 sites participating in 45 events across the province.

  • 93% of the provincial population live in a community that has hosted a Doors Open Ontario event.

  • Since its inception, Doors Open Ontario has attracted 6.7 million visitors who have participated in 669 events.

  • Visitors to Doors Open Ontario contribute to local economies by spending over $5 million in participating communities each year.

  • Representatives from the following communities attended the May 17 event:

    • Bruce County
    • Clarington
    • Erin
    • Gravenhurst
    • London
    • Markham
    • Mississauga
    • Niagara-on-the-Lake
    • Northumberland County
    • Orillia and Area
    • Oshawa
    • Quinte West
    • Toronto
    • St. Catharines
    • St. Marys
    • Timmins
    • Waterloo Region

Doors Open Ontario 2017 alphabetical list of events

Aurora

August 19

Belleville and District

September 16

Bradford West Gwillimbury

June 17

Brampton 

September 30

Brockville and the Thousand Islands

May 27-28

Bruce County

June 10-11

Burlington

September 30

Carleton Place

September 16-17

Clarington

June 10

Cornwall

August 19-20

East Elgin

September 16

Erin

June 10

Fergus-Elora

June 17

Gravenhurst

June 24

Grimsby

September 23

Guelph

April 22

Halton Region

September 30 - October 1

Hamilton

May 6-7

Kawartha Lakes

September 9-10

King Township 

September 23

Kingston

June 17

London

September 16-17

Markham 

September 30

Minden Hills

September 16-17

Mississauga

September 23

Niagara-on-the-Lake

September 16-17

Northumberland County

June 3-4

Orillia and Area

September 30

Oshawa

September 30

Ottawa

June 3-4

Owen Sound

June 3-4

Oxford-Norwich

September 23

Peterborough

May 6

Quinte West

September 16

Richmond Hill

May 13

Rideau Lakes

August 19-20

St. Catharines

June 24

St. Marys

September 30

Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry

August 19-20

Timmins

September 30

Toronto

May 27-28

Waterloo Region

September 16

Wellington North

September 23

Whitby

May 6

Whitchurch-Stouffville

June 3

 

The Trust is an agency of the Government of Ontario dedicated to identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting Ontario's heritage.

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Ontario Heritage Trust
10 Adelaide Street East
Toronto, Ontario M5C 1J3
Telephone: 416-325-5032
Fax: 416-314-0744

doorsopenontario.on.ca 
heritagetrust.on.ca 
ontario.ca/150 
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#MyOntario
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SOURCE Ontario Heritage Trust

For further information: For more information about Doors Open Ontario 2017, contact Kimberly Murphy at 416-325-5074 or kimberly.murphy@heritagetrust.on.ca.

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