Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville
Doors Open is a celebration of community heritage. It provides residents with an exciting opportunity to explore unique and sometimes hidden heritage sites, some of which have never been open to the public.
Doors Open sites must be of historic, architectural or cultural significance. They may include: commercial buildings, places of worship, cemeteries, inns, schools, factories, theatres, boats, museums, fire halls, railway stations, lighthouses, sports complexes, observation towers, private galleries, civic buildings, lookouts, jails, industrial sites and private homes. Heritage gardens and natural heritage sites of significance are also eligible.
Doors Open began in Glasgow, Scotland in 1990. It was followed by European Heritage days in countries across Europe. Now over 48 countries participate in Doors Open. In 2000, Toronto was the first North American city to host a Doors Open event. It was quickly followed by Doors Open Ontario – the first province-wide event of its kind in Canada and has attracted millions of people across Ontario since its launch in February 2002.
In its first year, Doors Open Ontario had over 40 communities participate in 17 events, attracting over 300,000 visitors to heritage sites. In 2003, more than 130 communities, involved in 27 Doors Open events, opened hundreds of sites to the public and attracted over 400,000 visitors.
Whitchurch-Stouffville will be participating in its forth Doors Open event this coming June. For more information visit their Web site at www.doorsopenws.ca.