"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

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Doors Open Ontario 2013 kicks off in Guelph April 27

TORONTO, April 25, 2013 /Canada NewsWire/ - Doors Open Ontario 2013 is just around the corner! The season officially kicks off on April 27 with events in two communities - Guelph and Prince Edward County.

Every year from April to October, communities across the province open the doors to hundreds of historic buildings, places of worship, museums, private homes, industrial areas, green buildings, heritage gardens and other interesting venues, some of which are rarely accessible to the public. Many of the participating sites offer special activities, such as tours, exhibitions and demonstrations - all free of charge.

"Our government is proud to partner with the Ontario Heritage Trust in making Ontario's historical buildings, structures, natural heritage sites and trails open and accessible. Growing year after year, Doors Open Ontario is an exciting opportunity to share and celebrate our unique shared identity and vibrant cultural landscape. I encourage people across the province to explore and experience all that Ontario's historical legacy has to offer." - Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Trails and natural heritage sites will also take part. Participants can explore Ontario's breathtaking natural heritage along thousands of kilometres of walking, hiking and cycling trails, many of which will feature special tours and activities.

"The Ontario Heritage Trust is proud to present Doors Open Ontario, now in its 12th year. The theme for 2013, Cultural expressions, sheds light on the relationship between heritage and the arts. Venues such as theatres, opera houses, art galleries, studios and recital halls play a vital role in fostering a sense of creativity and pride in our communities. I do hope you will take the time to experience these and other interesting sites participating in this year's program!" - Thomas H.B. Symons, Chairman, Ontario Heritage Trust

Visit www.doorsopenontario.on.ca for detailed event information, highlights and site details. The website also offers interactive tools to help users plan their Doors Open Ontario experience - social networking tools to share information with friends and family, a "My Favourites" feature to help create a travel itinerary and keep track of favourite sites, and a quick links tool to help narrow site searches.

Doors Open Ontario is a program of the Ontario Heritage Trust, with funding support from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Quick Facts

...Doors Open Ontario 2013 features hundreds of communities participating in 55 events across the province.

...Three new communities have joined Doors Open Ontario this year: Innisfil, Northumberland and Bradford West Gwillimbury.

...Nine out of 10 Ontarians live in a community that has hosted a Doors Open Ontario event.

...In total, nearly 5 million visits have been made to 5,150 different Doors Open Ontario sites since the program's launch in 2002.

...Visitors to Doors Open Ontario events have spent an estimated $39 million to support local economies.

Learn More

Find out more about Doors Open Ontario 2013 and the Doors Open Ontario 2013 Art Contest, and search for participating communities.