Exciting season of Doors Open Ontario events ahead!

TORONTO, April 8 /CNW/ - Now entering its ninth season, Doors Open Ontario 2010 kicks off April 24 with an event in Guelph. This year, visitors will have the chance to explore heritage buildings, natural spaces, architectural showpieces and community landmarks at 55 community events across the province.

Seven of the events in 2010 are new. Ajax, Burlington, Clarington, Georgina, Haliburton, Pembroke, and South Bruce Peninsula have all joined the program. Another highlight to watch for again this season is the binational event in Niagara, featuring sites in both Ontario and Western New York.

Attached is a Doors Open Ontario 2010 calendar, listing the participating communities and event dates. For more information, visit www.doorsopenontario.on.ca.

Each year, hundreds of historic buildings, places of worship, museums and heritage gardens - some of which are rarely accessible to the public - open free of charge as part of Doors Open Ontario. Since the program began in 2002, over three million visits have been made to heritage sites during community events.

Sponsors of Doors Open Ontario 2010 include: The Globe and Mail, the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation and all the participating communities.

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 events will be available soon at www.heritagetrust.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.

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                 Doors Open Ontario 2010 Calendar of Events

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    -     Guelph                                           April 24
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    MAY
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    -   Whitby                                                May 1
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    -   Hamilton                                            May 1-2
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    -   Chatham-Kent                                          May 8
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    -   Brockville-Thousand Islands                          May 29
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    -   Milton                                               May 29
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    -   Orillia                                           May 29-30
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    -   Toronto                                           May 29-30
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    JUNE
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    -   Whitchurch-Stouffville                               June 5
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    -   Huronia                                            June 5-6
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    -   Ottawa                                             June 5-6
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    -   Owen Sound                                         June 5-6
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    -   Clarington (NEW)                                     June 6
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    -   Smiths Falls                                         June 6
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    -   Richmond Hill                                       June 12
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    -   Burlington (NEW)                                 June 12-13
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    -   Kingston                                            June 19
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    -   Haliburton (NEW)                                 June 19-20
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    -   Muskoka                                          June 25-27
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    -   Fergus-Elora                                        June 26
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    -   Oxford                                              June 26
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    JULY
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    -   Hills of Headwaters                                 July 10
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    AUGUST
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    -   Aurora                                            August 21
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    -   Markham                                           August 28
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    SEPTEMBER
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    -  Georgina (NEW)                                  September 11
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    -  Mississippi Mills                               September 11
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    -  Thunder Bay                                     September 11
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    -  Timmins                                         September 11
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    -  Cornwall-Seaway Valley                       September 11-12
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    -  Meaford                                      September 11-12
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    -  Kawartha Lakes                                  September 12
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    -  Ajax (NEW)                                      September 18
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    -  Greater Sudbury                                 September 18
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    -  Haldimand County                                September 18
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    -  Mississauga                                     September 18
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    -  Newmarket                                       September 18
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    -  Pembroke (NEW)                                  September 18
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    -  Waterloo Region                                 September 18
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    -  London                                       September 18-19
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    -  South Bruce Peninsula (NEW)                  September 18-19
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    -  Barrie                                          September 19
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    -  Brant                                           September 25
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    -  Peterborough                                    September 25
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    -  Walkerton and District                          September 25
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    -  Oakville                                     September 25-26
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    -  Oshawa                                       September 25-26
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    -  Seaforth and District                        September 25-26
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    -  Windsor                                         September 26
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    OCTOBER
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    -  Port Stanley-Sparta                                October 2
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    -  Gananoque                                        October 2-3
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    -  St. Thomas                                       October 2-3
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    -  Vaughan                                          October 2-3
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    -  Kincardine                                     October 16-17
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    -  Niagara (Ontario and Western New York)         October 16-17
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    -  Huron County                                   October 23-24
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SOURCE Ontario Heritage Trust

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


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