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Discover the story behind every door | Doors Open Ontario kicks off April 23

TORONTO – From April to October, the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to explore Ontario’s heritage treasures during Doors Open Ontario 2016. The season kicks off April 23 in Guelph and runs on weekends throughout the summer and fall with events in 43 communities across the province.

Satisfy your curiosity and get behind normally closed doors to experience intriguing interiors, where you will be inspired by rare and exceptional materials, craftsmanship and design. From historical houses to modern marvels of construction, Doors Open Ontario has something for everyone!

Doors Open Ontario 2016 focuses on the province’s rich legacy of medical science and innovation. The number of innovations in medical science, procedures and technology conceived in Ontario is extensive and their stories fascinating. Join us on a journey of discovery. Featured sites include hospitals, medical schools and laboratories that showcase Ontario’s and Canada’s achievements in medicine. Learn more about ingenious innovators and their remarkable discoveries while you uncover the places that made medical history. Many of the participating sites offer special activities, such as tours, exhibitions and demonstrations – all free of charge.

For detailed event information and interactive tools to help you plan your Doors Open Ontario experience, visit www.doorsopenontario.on.ca.

Doors Open Ontario is a program of the Ontario Heritage Trust, with funding support from the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund and the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation.

Quotes

“For 15 years, the Ontario Heritage Trust and its partners have provided opportunities for Ontarians to learn about their rich history and diverse cultures by experiencing our heritage at Doors Open Ontario events. This year, we are shedding light on places associated with medical science and innovation. Hospitals, universities, laboratories, medical schools and museums are participating in Doors Open Ontario and telling the story that medicine has played in our lives. We invite you to explore these and other engaging aspects of our history, identity and cultural heritage at events across the province!” – Thomas H.B. Symons, Chair, Ontario Heritage Trust

“Since it began, Doors Open Ontario has allowed millions of people to glimpse into some of our province’s most fascinating cultural sites. Not only does the program boost local economies, but it also raises awareness of and interest in heritage conservation. I encourage Ontarians and visitors to get out and discover the unique story and experience waiting behind every door.” − Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Quick facts

  • Doors Open Ontario 2016 features hundreds of communities participating in 43 events across the province.
  • Nine out of 10 Ontarians live in a community that has hosted a Doors Open Ontario event.
  • Since its inception, Doors Open Ontario has attracted 6.2 million visitors to explore over 15,000 amazing sites.
  • Visitors to Doors Open Ontario events have spent over $53 million to support local economies.

Learn more

Find out more about Doors Open Ontario 2016 and participating communities at www.doorsopenontario.on.ca.

Contact

For more information about Doors Open Ontario 2016, contact Kimberly Murphy at 416-325-5032 or kimberly.murphy@heritagetrust.on.ca

The Trust is an agency of the Government of Ontario dedicated to identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting Ontario’s heritage.

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