Doors Open Collingwood will return in 2018
Doors Open Collingwood will return in September, and what better place to hold a celebration of historic buildings and spaces than right in downtown Collingwood! The popular festival will be held on Saturday, September 29th from 10 am to 4 pm and will showcase some of Collingwood’s historic treasures.
Collingwood’s Downtown Heritage Conservation District was formally designed by the province of Ontario in 2003 and was the first heritage district in Canada to be listed in the prestigious Canadian Register of Historic Places.
Collingwood is well known throughout the province and across Canada as a year-round recreation destination. The town was first known as Hen and Chickens Harbour, and was re-named in 1854 to honour British Naval Hero Admiral Lord Cuthbert Collingwood.
Visitors to Collingwood will have a chance to explore some of the town’s historic treasures to learn more about the town’s remarkable history.
Every year, Doors Open Ontario attracts large crowds across Ontario. From April to October, residents and visitors are invited to discover first-hand Ontario’s hidden heritage treasures, some of which have never been open to the public.
Since the program was launched in 2002, over millions upon millions of visits have been made to heritage sites participating in this exciting initiative.
Doors Open Program – Confirmed Properties for 2018:
• 97 Hurontario Street – Town Hall,
• 44 Hurontario Street – Federal Building,
• 32 Elgin Street – All Saint’s Anglican Church,
• 80 Simcoe Street – The Tremont
Historic Walking Tours, guided and self-guided, helped residents and visitors to Collingwood identify and enjoy this year’s Doors Open participating locations.
The downtown Federal Building has been a popular destination at past Doors Open events, and it has been confirmed this landmark will be included in the 2018 lineup of attractions.
This remarkable marble building is reportedly modelled on the Government House in Havana and pays tribute to the Greek Temple. The building’s grand staircase and well preserved woodwork are remarkable. The mosaic skylight is a stunning interior feature and is a must-see on your 2018 tour.
All Saint’s Anglican Church
This is a very impressive structure, built in the style of a mediaeval church in the Early English (i.e. late 13th century) Gothic style. All Saint’s Anglican Church is built of local limestone, with broached-rubble, local limestone quoins, and ashlar limestone at arches, mullions and sills.
There will be many special events taking place throughout the downtown district during Doors Open Collingwood in September.
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