Doors Open Ontario 2011 kicks off April 30

TORONTO, April 13 /CNW/ - Now celebrating its 10th year, Doors Open Ontario 2011 kicks off April 30 with an event in Guelph. This season, participants will have the opportunity to explore iconic landmarks, natural wonders, architectural gems and hidden heritage treasures at 56 community events across the province.

Seven of the events in 2011 are new. Deseronto-Napanee, Grimsby, Highlands East, Kapuskasing, Middlesex, Merrickville and Pickering have all joined the program.

"Looking back on 10 years of Doors Open Ontario, it is clear that when we come together to showcase the landscapes, architecture and traditions that make us unique, we demonstrate the distinctive identity of each and every community", said Dr. Thomas H.B. Symons, Chairman of the Ontario Heritage Trust. "This annual event will shed light on the province's many stories for years to come."

"Doors Open Ontario is a great program, giving Ontarians an opportunity to access and explore our unique heritage," said Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism and Culture. "Since its inception in 2002, Doors Open Ontario has grown significantly in popularity, generating positive social and economic impacts for local communities across the province."

Each year, hundreds of historic buildings, places of worship, private homes, industrial areas 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. For more information, pick up a free Doors Open Ontario 2011 Guide - listing each event along with a selection of participating community sites. The Guide will be distributed in the April 15 Ontario edition of The Globe and Mail; it is also available by calling 1-800-ONTARIO (668-2746). For a complete list of participating sites, visit

Doors Open Ontario offers a variety of sites across the province to suit all interests. Some of the sites to explore this year include: Sleeman House, a Queen Anne-style house built with state-of-the-art facilities in 1891 for Guelph politician George Sleeman and his large family (Guelph); The Circle, built in 1921, one of the best examples of Kapuskasing's formal street patterns as influenced by the City Beautiful movement (Kapuskasing); The Cleeve Horne House, built by  Cleeve and Jean Horne in the 1950s as an artist's getaway, this architectural treasure is described as a hyperbolic paraboloid (Pickering); Old St. Thomas Church & Churchyard, constructed in 1824 in the early English Gothic revival style and surrounded by a picturesque graveyard, it is the oldest church in the Talbot Settlement (St. Thomas); and, the Wabi Iron & Steel Corporation, with a history spanning more than 100 years, the company produces an extensive range of iron and steel castings and fully machined products for the global marketplace (Temiskaming Shores and Area).

Doors Open Ontario is a program of the Ontario Heritage Trust. The Trust also coordinates Trails Open Ontario. Information on this year's Trails Open Ontario program will be available soon at and in the Doors Open Ontario 2011 Guide.

Sponsors of Doors Open Ontario 2011 include: The Globe and Mail, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation and the participating communities.

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:

  • Doors Open Ontario 2011 will feature hundreds of communities participating in 56 events across the province.
  • Approximately 89 per cent of Ontarians live in a community that has hosted a Doors Open Ontario event.
  • Since the program's launch in 2002, over 3.8 million visits have been made to Doors Open Ontario sites.
  • By the end of the 10th anniversary season, spending by out-of-town visitors in Ontario's communities will surpass the $20 million mark.

A list of Doors Open Ontario 2011 community events is attached.

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Doors Open Ontario 2011 Community Events

Doors Open Amherstburg September 17
Doors Open Aurora July 9
Doors Open Barrie October 1
Doors Open Belleville September 10
Doors Open Brant September 24
Doors Open Brockville-Thousand Islands May 28-29
Doors Open Burlington June 11-12
Doors Open Chatham-Kent May 7
Doors Open Clarington June 11
Doors Open Cornwall-Seaway Valley September 10-11
Doors Open Deseronto-Napanee (NEW) May 28
Doors Open East Elgin September 24
Doors Open Fergus-Elora June 25
Doors Open Gananoque October 1-2
Doors Open Georgina August 27
Doors Open Grimsby (NEW) September 24-25
Doors Open Guelph April 30
Doors Open Haldimand County September 17
Doors Open Hamilton May 7-8
Doors Open Highlands East (NEW) June 11-12
Doors Open Huronia June 4-5
Doors Open Kapuskasing (NEW) July 23
Doors Open Kawartha Lakes September 11
Doors Open Kincardine October 15-16
Doors Open Kingston June 18
Doors Open London September 17-18
Doors Open Markham August 27
Doors Open Merrickville (NEW) September 18
Doors Open Middlesex (NEW) September 17-18
Doors Open Milton May 28
Doors Open Misssissauga October 1
Doors Open Muskoka June 25-26
Doors Open Newmarket September 17
Doors Open Norfolk August 13
Doors Open Oakville September 24-25
Doors Open Oshawa September 24-25
Doors Open Ottawa June 4-5
Doors Open Owen Sound June 4-5
Doors Open Oxford County September 24
Doors Open Pembroke September 24
Doors Open Perth June 18
Doors Open Peterborough September 24-25
Doors Open Pickering (NEW) October 1
Doors Open Port Stanley-Sparta October 1
Doors Open Richmond Hill June 11
Doors Open Rideau Lakes-Westport September 17
Doors Open Smiths Falls June 5
Doors Open South Bruce Peninsula September 17-18
Doors Open St. Marys September 17
Doors Open St. Thomas October 1-2
Doors Open Temiskaming Shores and Area May 14
Doors Open Toronto May 28-29
Doors Open Vaughan October 1-2
Doors Open Waterloo Region September 17
Doors Open Whitby May 7
Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville June 4


SOURCE Ontario Heritage Trust

For further information:

Liane Nowosielski
Marketing and Communications Specialist
Ontario Heritage Trust
Telephone: 416-325-5032


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