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Every April to October, Ontario’s heritage treasures across the province are open to the public. Free events are showcased to open doors, gates and courtyards of our unique cultural sites – allowing visitors to explore behind the entry ways.

Doors Open Ontario showcases the buildings, natural spaces, infrastructure and cultural landscapes that shape and define our communities. And visitors and residents of the Kawarthas are in for a treat!

In celebration of the Canada’s 150 years, you can take a look at the cultural and religious diversity in the Kawarthas.

Sturgeon Point Church 


Visit venues that will highlight the rich agricultural traditions stretching back to pre-Confederation times, including many untold stories of cultural and religious diversity.

  • Enjoy a traditional wild rice harvest with the local First Nations peoples.
  • Meet members of the local Mennonite and Amish community and enjoy their hand-crafted goods.
  • Sample mouth-watering aromas in the area’s oldest Chinese restaurant.
  • Rediscover artists; the railway line built by William Mackenzie; religious landmarks; and of course, take time to sample farm fresh produce and baked goods.

Fenelon Falls Museum 


Doors Open in the Kawarthas includes:

  • Cherry Tree Lodge
  • Christ Church Anglican
  • Derry’s Restaurant
  • Friends (Quaker) Cemetery
  • Kawartha Muslim Religious Association Lindsay Masjid
  • Kinmount Railway Station
  • Martin Farm
  • Maryboro Lodge – The Fenelon Museum
  • Olde Gaol Museum, Lindsay
  • St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
  • St. Luke The Evangelist Roman Catholic Church
  • Sturgeon Point Union Church
  • Wild Rice Harvesting at Gamiing Nature Centre
  • Zehr’s Farm Fresh Produce and Bakery


For more information and details including addresses, hours of operation and links to maps visit http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Kawartha-Lakes.aspx.



Enjoy two days of touring the Kawarthas and entering the many ‘Open Doors’!







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Communities open the doors to some of Ontario’s most intriguing and charming heritage sites between April and October 2016. Do some planning in advance to be sure you don’t miss any of the free events in the area.

Doors Open Ontario showcases the buildings, natural spaces, infrastructure and cultural centres that shape and define our communities including historical houses to modern architecture.

Pictured below is the log home known as Five Gables, built in the 1870’s on Lake Dalrymple.


The theme for 2016 is focused on our rich medical legacy. Many people do not know that Ontario can boast an amazing number of innovations in medical science, procedures and technology. Each destination has a fascinating story to tell. Featured sites include hospitals, medical schools and laboratories that showcase Ontario’s and Canada’s achievements in medicine. Learn more about ingenious innovators and remarkable discoveries while you uncover the places that made medical history.

Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

“Since it began, Doors Open Ontario has allowed millions of people to glimpse into some of our province’s most fascinating cultural sites. Not only does the program boost local economies, but it also raises awareness of and interest in heritage conservation. I encourage Ontarians and visitors to get out and discover the unique story and experience waiting behind every door.”                                                 

Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

For a full list of over 40 Doors Open events, visit the Doors Open Website at http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca

Be sure to mark off September 11, 2016 on your calendar – the day that will feature Kawartha Lakes!  You can take a drive back in time and experience the lives of the pioneers who settled the northwest corner of the county of Victoria.


You will see how the logging trade supported families through the first quarter of the 20th century. Gain an appreciation of how challenging farming must have been as residents had to clear rocks from the land before they could even think about farming. In fact, the area is known as “The Land Between” as it is the spot where the limestone plains and the Canadian Shield converged.

The link below highlights the locations of the Kawartha Lakes events:

Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

The Doors Open website also has a Photo Gallery.

Remember, September 11th in the Kawartha Lakes!

Contact the Ontario Heritage Trust Telephone: 416-325-5000

Email: doorsopenontario@heritagetrust.on.ca

Website: www.heritagetrust.on.ca




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Have you ever been disappointed that you missed a special event or happening in your community? I certainly have! We get busy and end up seeing the pictures in the local paper from an event that has passed.

Well, mark Sunday September 13, 2015 in your calendar now so you don’t miss the Doors Open – Kawartha Lakes event.


Grain Elevator

The first Doors Open Day took place in France in 1984. The idea soon spread to neighbouring countries, including the Netherlands, Sweden, the Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Scotland.

The first Doors Open event in North America was launched in the year 2000 by the City of Toronto.

Every year, Doors Open Ontario attracts large crowds across the province. Nearly six million visits have been made to heritage sites participating in this exciting initiative since the Ontario launch in 2002. Doors Open Ontario is now considered a cultural phenomenon – and that is why you don’t want to miss Doors Open – Kawartha Lakes!


Ballyduff Presbyterian Church

This year’s event will focus on the southern end of Kawartha Lakes, which has always been predominantly agricultural with crops of grain, tobacco and potatoes. The grain elevator, the homes, the churches and cemeteries reflect this heritage and will be highlighted on September 13th.


Lotus Mill

You will be able to visit:

  • Aunt Laura’s Tea Room
  • Ballyduff Presbyterian Church
  • Bethany Old Post Office
  • Fleetwood Creek Natural Area
  • Lotus Mill
  • Octagonal House
  • Pontypool Grain Elevator
  • St. Mary’s Anglican Church
  • St. Mary’s Lifford Cemetary

Octagonal House

Check out the website at http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Kawartha-Lakes.aspx for more information.

And if you have some time to share, why not consider being a volunteer for the day!

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