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Doors Open Ontario spring weekends north of Toronto offers visitors FREE ADMISSION to explore Ontario attractions, heritage buildings, natural spaces, architectural showpieces and community landmarks. Combine an overnight Spring Getaway or with an Ontario Spring road trip. Pick your road trips by month. 

Gravenhurst Muskoka Chair

Giant Muskoka Chairin Gravenhurst

Doors Open Ontario 2013 Road Trips

SEPTEMBER Doors Open Ontario 2013

  • Parry Sound September 28

    Doors Open Parry Sound is expanding into neighbouring townships. Autumn is the perfect time to explore. Come and see how the rugged beauty of nature has shaped the communities and culture of the area. Take a walk along the Algonquin Regiment Rotary Fitness Trail in Parry Sound or the Whitestone Lake Trail in Whitestone. explore the Evelyn Watkins Moore Heritage Room in McKellar and West Parry Sound District Museum, travel to the Gateway to Wasauksing First Nation with much more still to see. 

    Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Parry Sound

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 For more information, visit

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. See more events and festivals in Ontario

For further information: Liane Nowosielski, Marketing and Communications Specialist, Ontario Heritage Trust, Telephone: (416) 325-5032, E-mail:

Doors Open Outdoors
Doors Open Arts
Doors Open Museums
Barrie Waterfront Guided Tour
Barrie Historical Plaque
Barrie Town Crier
Barrie Portage Hike
Muskoka Bigwin Steamboat Restoration
Muskoka Ellis Homestead
Shelburne Public Libraryh
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Doors Open Ottawa

 Tom Thomson
White Pine Pictures

April Doors Open Ontario 2013

  • April 27 in Guelph Ontario:  Doors Open Guelph  Plan a road trip to Guelph via Highway 401 to Highway 6 return via Highway 24 to Highway 9 and return to GTA via Highway 400. Spend a romantic night at Millcroft Inn and Spa in Caledon.   Families travel further north up to Highway 89 and stay at Nottawassaga Inn Resort
  • April 27 Prince Edward County:  Doors Open Prince Edward County.  Travel Highway 401 north east from the GTA .

May Doors Open Ontario 2013

  • Innisfil Ontario May 4

    Where is Innisfil might be your first question?  Think Cookstown and Highway 89 east and west of Highway 400.  Also think Lake Simcoe.
    Who would like this? 
    Theatre buffs, antique hunters, honey lovers, green house gardeners. See detailed events and locations.
    Places to Stay:  Kempenfelt B and B on Lake Simcoe, or Nottawasaga Inn Resort, Alliston Ontario, or head north to Barrie area for hotels, resorts, and inns.

  • Peterborough Ontario May 4

    Doors open Peterborough features a Canadian Icon-- the Canadian Canoe Museum.  This in itself is worth the visit especially for new Canadians and enthusiasts wanting to explore Ontario water travel history. Peterborough, Lakefield and the Kawartha Lakes are often synonymous as a favoured resort destination for Toronto getaways and vacations.stay at area resorts, inns and cottages.

  • Whitby May 4 

    Whitby’s unique identity is showcased through both new and historical sites.  Exciting events this year include the launch of local artist Peter Smith’s exhibit and initial public offering at the Station Gallery. Explore Groveside Cemetery, the resting place of many of Whitby’s citizens (including Leonard “Len” Cullen, who was a gardener, entrepreneur and founder of Whitby’s biggest tourist attraction – Cullen Gardens and Miniature Village in 1980).

  • Richmond Hill May 11

    Richmond Hill will open its doors to some of the most intriguing and charming heritage and cultural sites in the town.  Residents and visitors alike are invited to experience these hidden heritage treasures first hand. Several town facilities, local historical sites and private homes will be featured.

  • Georgian Bay May 19

    Celebrate spring and join Doors Open Georgian Bay.  In 2013, Doors Open Georgian Bay will showcase two National Historic Sites. Locks 44 and 45 will be open for the public and in full operation. These landmark icons serve as a waterway and bring boaters to our community from around the world. Watch as the boats are cradled at Lock 44 and catch them again at Lock 45 as they start heading out to Georgian Bay.  With many other sites to see, and a full day of touring, take  a historical and artistic journey through Georgian Bay, and "Discover the Landscape through Arts and Culture."  Stop by Bressette House to pick up your interactive map.
    Click here for more information on Georgian Bay.
    For more information, visit
    Stay at area Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Port Severn and Honey Harbour
    Port Severn:  Christie's Mill Inn & SpaMuskey's LandingRawley Resort & Marina IncSevern LodgeSunnylea Resort

  • Orillia May 25-26

This spring, Orillia opens its doors to the community in celebration of its rich historical connection to the arts.  Tour galleries, museums and theatrical spaces, interwoven with outdoor festivities happening in our historical downtown.  Events includ a sidewalk sale, live music, art markets, dance, vendors, food and family games.

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Orillia:  Best Western Plus Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre Comfort Inn

JUNE Doors Open Ontario 2013

  • Collingwood Ontario June 1, 2 

Our pick starts with guided Downtown Collingwood walking tours taking place on Sat. and Sun. at 11a.m. and 2 p.m.  That will give you an idea of additional things you would like to do. Also included is the Collingwood area of Craigleith. During the same weekend, enjoy the British Car Show and the 23rd annual Studio+Art Tour, featuring over 48 talented artists over 20 locations.See Doors Open Collingwood

Accommodation-Hotels, Resorts, Inns

Attractions in the Collingwood Area

  • Owen Sound, Ontario  June 1-2

Doors Open Owen Sound gives you a wide-ranging look into their heritage. Costumed interpreters at some sites will portray key people from our past. Many sites will feature special events, including art exhibits, music and backstage and guided tours.

Accommodation-Hotels, Resorts, Inns near Owen Sound:

  • Ottawa, Ontario June 1-2

Two days + 100 of the city’s most prestigious buildings + free admission = Doors Open Ottawa. Doors Open Ottawa unlocks over 100 of the area’s most architecturally interesting and historically significant buildings, many of which are not normally open to the public. From Carp to Cumberland and everywhere in between, from embassies and places of worship, to museums, artist’s studios and science labs, it’s all here for you to explore! 

Click here for Featured accommodation in the greater Ottawa & Ottawa Valley Areas
Click here for more information on the  Ottawa Valley Destination

  • South Muskoka (Gravenhurst) June 15

Doors Open South Muskoka (Gravenhurst) will highlight the Firestation, Opera House, Railway Station, Heritage Boatworks, the Muskoka Boat & Heritage Centre with many more attractions. 

Accommodation-Hotels, Resorts, Inns in the Gravenhurst area:

  • South Muskoka (Muskoka Lakes)  June 16

Doors Open South Muskoka (Muskoka Lakes) will highlight the Annex to Bala Falls Hotel, Bala's Museum with Memories of Lucy Maud Montgomery, Duke's and the Hall Family Log Cabin at Muskoka Lakes Museum.

Accommodation-Hotels, Resorts, Inns in Bala/Torrance:

  • Huntsville and Lake of Bay   June 29-30

Huntsville and Lake of Bays welcomes you to "Touch the past" in a celebration of local heritage and design..  Go behind the scenes of some of our beautiful heritage properties as part of Doors Open Ontario, explore the community on a historical walking tour, and discover great ideas at the tradeshow. Also, enjoy dining and shopping throughout the weekend and entertainment on Saturdayevening!

Click here for Featrured Accommodation and Attractions in the Huntstville and Lake of Bays area.

AUGUST Doors Open Ontario 2013

  • Hills of Headwaters  August 17-18

    The Doors Open Hills of Headwaters has 10 sites that will provide visitors with a unique look at the history of the region. The very fabric of Headwaters is shaped by the agricultural heritage of the region. Visit places of worship, art centres, galleries, theatres and museums – where you will see firsthand the history that has shaped our communities.

Fun for the entire family – Free admission!

Stay in at the following featured accommodations in Grafton and the Alliston area"

  • Georgina August 24

    Doors Open Georgina centres on that crossroads known as Dug Hill, where some of the town’s earliest families built their homes, and where today there exist several cultural places to explore: theatre, dance, music and other art forms. Be sure to visit the Stephen Leacock Museum.

Stay in Jackson's Point and area at the following featured accommodation:

SEPTEMBER Doors Open Ontario 2013

  • Haliburton Highlands-Minden Hills  September 7-8
    Enjoy a weekend exploring spectacular landscape and places steeped in history and culture.  Doors Open Haliburton Highlands-Minden Hillsoffers a number of studios, historical buildings and natural landscapes.  Begin your journey at the Minden Hills Cultural Centre, take a walk though Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park, visit the artist studios and take time to explore the historical buildings..

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels HaliburtonMinden

  • Kawartha Lakes  September 8

Doors Open Kawartha Lakes showcases the northern area, with an emphasis on the rich and diverse culture of sites linked to transportation and the betterment of mankind through the arts.  Take a tour through the Altberg Wildlife Sanctuary Nature Reserve in Norland .  Plan to see the Coboconk Train Station, Kinmount Austin Sawmill, Kinmount Railway Station, Kirkfield and District Historical Museum, Lock 36 - Kirkfield Lift Lock and explore the historical buildings. 

More information & Accommodation in the Kawarthas Lakes area.

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