Doors Open Ontario

Although Toronto’s Doors Open gets the most attention around here (being the centre of the universe and all), it’s worth noting that communities of all sizes around Ontario have their own Doors Open weekends throughout the spring, summer, and fall.

In April and May alone, we have Doors Open Guelph, Brockville, Chatham-Kent, Hamilton, The Hills of Headwaters, North Bay, Orillia, and Toronto. It would be quite impossible for anyone to take in all of the Doors Open events around the province, it’s worth considering timing a road trip, camping weekend, or cottage escape with a local Doors Open near your destination. See the Doors Open Ontario web site for event details and calendars for each participating municipality.

Preliminary Doors Open 2007 sites online

The city has released the preliminary list of buildings taking part in Doors Open Toronto this year. Here are the locations I’m going to try to visit this year:

  • The Distillery District has a number of normally off-limits sites open, including the Malt Kilns and the Scale Tank Loft.
  • The Lambton House is on one of my regular cycling routes, but I’ve never been inside.
  • The Queen’s Wharf Lighthouse on Fleet Street first joined Doors Open last year, but I was unable to make the trek that weekend. I won’t miss it this year.
  • Canada Post’s South Central processing plant must be one of the more fascinating operating industrial sites to take part in Doors Open.
  • Although Todmorden Mills is just down the street from my house and I’ve been there more times than I can count, they sometimes open up the old Don train station for Doors Open.
  • The Toronto Police Marine Unit has a wonderful old wooden patrol boat in the boathouse that I’d love to admire from aclose.
  • The TTC has two intriguing sites open: Lower Bay and the Harvey Shops on Bathurst.

Two more posts will follow in a few days: one recommending sites I’ve visited on previous Doors Open weekends, and another lamenting buildings that are not taking part this year.