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



    TORONTO, April 2 /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.
    Attached is a Doors Open Ontario 2009 calendar, listing participating
communities and dates of events. For more information, visit
www.doorsopenontario.on.ca.
    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. Since the program began in 2002, nearly
three million visits have been made to heritage sites during community events.
    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, visitors can
enter the Doors Open Ontario 2009 Digital Photo Contest, sponsored by Henry's.
    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 2009 Calendar of Events

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