"Tales of pioneer hardship and deprivation have been told many times. Yet still we remember in wonder, that people accomplished so much with so little; that men and women with simple tools, their bare hands, and their own inventiveness cleared the land, drained the swamps, made their own clothing and provided their own food. Through all these difficulties God was with them and they wanted their children educated intellectually and spritually." from Norfolk Street United Church history

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Many Doors Open Ontario events still to come!

Norfolk Street United Church - Guelph, Ontario

TORONTO, August 30, 2011 /Canada NewsWire/ - With more than half of this year's Doors Open Ontario events taking place in September and October, there are still plenty of opportunities to discover the province's hidden heritage treasures.

Since its launch in 2002, Doors Open Ontario has grown from 17 events to 56, incorporating hundreds of communities. As the 10th anniversary season concludes this October, the program will have generated more than four million visits to 4,500 separate sites across the province. From an economic standpoint, spending by out-of-town visitors will surpass the $20 million mark.

Ontario's architectural showpieces, community landmarks and natural wonders are waiting to be explored - all free of charge.

Upcoming Doors Open Ontario events:


Belleville September 10
Cornwall-Seaway Valley September 10-11
Kawartha Lakes September 11
Amherstburg September 17
Haldimand County September 17
Newmarket September 17
Rideau Lakes-Westport September 17
St. Marys September 17
Waterloo Region September 17
London September 17-18
Middlesex (NEW) September 17-18
South Bruce Peninsula September 17-18
Merrickville (NEW) September 18
Brant September 24
East Elgin September 24
Oxford County September 24
Pembroke September 24
Grimsby (NEW) September 24-25
Oakville September 24-25
Oshawa September 24-25
Peterborough September 24-25


Barrie October 1
Misssissauga October 1
Pickering (NEW) October 1
Port Stanley-Sparta October 1
Gananoque October 1-2
St. Thomas October 1-2
Vaughan October 1-2
Kincardine October 15-16

Visit www.doorsopenontario.on.ca for more information on these events, and to participate in the Doors Open Ontario 2011 Digital Photo Contest or the "All-time favourite sites" visitor survey.

Sponsors of Doors Open Ontario 2011 include: The Globe and Mail, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation and the participating communities.

Doors Open Ontario is a program of the Ontario Heritage Trust - an agency of the Government of Ontario dedicated to identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting Ontario's heritage for present and future generations.

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