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Visit these 10 Ontario Doors Open Spots!

Ontario’s Doors Open events give the community an opportunity to visit unique places with arts, cultural and historical significance for free once a year. The Ontario Heritage Trust collaborates with municipalities to organize this event. Here are 10 Doors Open Spots in and around Vaughan you should visit:

Location: 135 Bay Thorn Dr, Thornhill

This is the oldest building in Markham. It was built in the 1816 and renovated in 1930s to look elegant. Doors open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on September 7, 2019 for this location.



Location: 10 Colborne St, Thornhill

This library used to be a house before 1970s. It has been featured in Deborah Keribel’s 2010 ghost story as some believe that the spirit of the original owner of this house makes visits every now and then. Doors open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on September 7, 2019 for this location.


Location: 378 Steeles Ave E, Thornhill

This is a sacred place and houses a Taoist community. It is known for it is unique architectural design and won the Governor General’s Medal for Architecture in 2016.



Location: 11 Heritage Corners Lane, Markham This is a collection of historical homes that have been either preserved or relocated. The city of Markham has organized a tour at this site, which starts at 2:00 p.m. from 11 Heritage Corners Lane. Doors open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on September 7, 2019 for this location.


Location: 216 Main St Unionville, Unionville

This art gallery has a post-modern architecture style. It is named after seven artists that lived in Unionville and features their work along with the work of other artists from Canada. Doors open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on September 7, 2019 for this location.


Location: 60-64 Wells St, Aurora

This is a great place to start Doors Open in Aurora as it is located in an open park where people can come to pick up maps and brochures to learn about the sites they can visit. There will be food and drinks available. Doors open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on August 17, 2019 for this location.

Location: 5145 Yonge St, Aurora

This was built in the historical heart of Aurora. The library service in the city started in 1855 and switched in and out of many buildings. It is now in a building that has a modern and elegant look to it. The latest building was built in 2001. Doors open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on August 17, 2019 for this location.


Location: 181 Centre Crescent, Aurora

This is an outdoors site that has unique gardens like rock and water gardens. According to Doors Open there are over 1500 species of plants and flowers on this site. It has been featured in CBC and HGTV. Doors open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on August 17, 2019 for this location.


Location: 15372 Yonge St, Aurora

This is a National Historic site and it preserves medical instruments, books and furnishings. According to Doors Open website, “it is recognized as one of Canada's best examples of Gothic revival architecture.” Doors open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on August 17, 2019 for this location.


Location: 27 Mosley St, Aurora

This building was built in 1883 and since then it has been used as a church, a public school, and a public library. It is now used as a rental place. Doors open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on August 17, 2019 for this location.


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