Skip Navigation
 
Living

Doors Open

atkinsonscape

Every second year in September, historically significant sites in Thunder Bay open their doors to the public free of charge allowing citizens the opportunity to explore community, culture and heritage through a variety of self-guided walking tours, guided historical tours, exhibits, photos, and stories illuminating some of the architectural and historical features of our City's past.

 
 
The Doors Open Concept

The Doors Open concept is a simple one: buildings of architectural and historical significance, many of which are not normally open to the public, open their doors to visitors for a day or a weekend. Many provide guided tours, special exhibits, displays or performances. In all cases, it is absolutely free. Learn about the history of this program, its goals, and other useful links:

More Information:   


Biennially, in September, historically significant sites in Thunder Bay open their doors to the public free of charge. Doors Open Thunder Bay is a community event designed to attract the public's interest in the preservation, protection and promotion of Ontario's built, natural and cultural heritage. 

This local event is conducted in accordance with the Ontario Heritage Foundation's province-wide standards for Doors Open events, which are held in over one hundred communities across Ontario. This event aims to encourage residents and visitors alike to learn about Thunder Bay's rich heritage through tours of private homes, commercial buildings, government buildings, churches, and other heritage sites which are not normally open to the public.

For more information see Doors Open Ontariolinks to external siteOntario Heritage Trust

_____________________________________________________________________________________________

Thank you to these sponsors:

Doors Open 2016 Sponsors

____________________________________________________________________________________________ 

PAST DOORS OPEN THUNDER BAY EVENT INFORMATION

Check out more information on the Heritage Events Page: Heritage Events

     Doors Open 2016   2016 Doors Open Sites  Doors Open 2016 Guide Booklet

    - The tenth Doors Open Thunder Bay event was held on Saturday, Sept. 10th, 2016 and featured 1 sites of historical significance and representing the theme of Medical Science and Technology.

     Doors Open 2014 2014 Doors Open Sites  Doors Open 2014 Site Booklet

    - The ninth Doors Open Thunder Bay event was held on Saturday, Sept. 6th, 2014 and featured 16 sites of historical significance and representing the theme of World War 1.

        Doors Open 2012  2012 Doors Open Sites Doors Open Booklet

  • The eighth Doors Open Thunder Bay event was held on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 and featured 13 sites of historical significance.

Doors Open 2010 Adobe PDF, 1 page, 738 KB

  • The seventh Doors Open Thunder Bay event was held on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 and featured 12 sites of historical significance.

Doors Open 2008  Adobe PDF, 2 pages, 496 KB

  • The sixth Doors Open Thunder Bay event was held on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008, and featured 12 sites of historical significance. 

Doors Open 2006  Adobe PDF, 1 pages, 702 KB

 Doors Open 2005  Adobe PDF, 3 pages, 42 KB  

 
  • The third Doors Open Thunder Bay event was held on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005, and featured 11 site of historical significance.
 
  • Buoyed by community interest and enthusiasm from its first experience, the second Doors Open Thunder Bay event was held on Sept. 11, 2004 and featured 12 heritage sites.

 
  • The very first Doors Open Thunder Bay event, was held on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2003. With 12 participating sites of heritage and historical interest, the event attracted over 2,500 visitors.

Doors Open 2002

  • In 2002, the Heritage Advisory Committee had learned of the Doors Open Ontario event coordinated by the Ontario Heritage Foundation, and decided to participate by launching a Thunder Bay Doors Open event.