Ontario Heritage Trust of Canada “invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.”

  • From May to October 2014, “communities open the doors to some of Ontario’s most intriguing and charming heritage sites. “
  • Admission is FREE!

Please click here to see at a glance what Doors Open Ontario events are happening throughout 2014.

Doors Open Toronto. Photo: City of Toronto

Doors Open Toronto. Photo: City of Toronto

Doors Open Toronto

On May 24 & 25, the 15th annual Doors Open Toronto will offer FREE access to 155 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city.

  • The theme for this year’s event is Secrets and Spirits … Exploring the Mysteries Behind the Door.
  • Doors Open Toronto is dedicated to built heritage, architecture and design, attracting more than two million visits to nearly 600 locations throughout Toronto since its inception (2000).
  • It is Canada’s largest Doors Open event and one of the three largest Doors Open events in the world.

Here are some highlights of Doors Open Toronto.

  • Secret spaces and stories exist all over Toronto, such as:
    • an underground bowling alley in a downtown church,
    • secret tomb in another church,
    • hidden nooks and crannies in the buildings at the University of Toronto,
    • tunnels beneath a school,
    • bank vaults in a hotel,
    • unexplained mysteries at more than 75 locations, and
    • art exhibits at various secret spaces across the city.
  • FREE Architectural and walking tours.
  • FREE Doors Open Speakers Series on current topics in design and architecture.
  • More than 40 new participants in the 2014 building lineup representative of this year’s theme.

Full program details, including a complete list of this year’s buildings, tours and talks, will be available on the web at http://www.toronto.ca/doorsopen, on Facebook and on Twitter starting in late April.

Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Contact Info

  • Information on fares, routes, schedules and service.
    • 416-393-4636 (INFO)
    • Recorded information available 24 hours daily.
    • Operator-assisted service is available from 8:00am to 6:00pm daily, except statutory holidays.
    • TTY Hearing Impaired Service, 416-481-2523, Daily, 8:00am-6:00pm; except statutory holidays.
  • Main Switchboard
    • 416-393-4000
    • Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm

City of Toronto Contact Info

Phone within Toronto city limits: 311.

Phone outside city limits: 416-392-CITY (2489)
(can be used within Toronto if you can’t reach 311).

TTY customers: 416-338-0TTY (0889)
Fax: 416-338-0685
E-mail: 311@toronto.ca

If your matter is urgent, please call them. They are open 24/7.

Enjoy! /Amusez-vous!

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

NEWS RELEASE

March 27, 2014

This spring’s Doors Open Toronto to explore secrets and spirits of Toronto sites

Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf will return on the weekend of May 24 and 25, offering free, rare access to more than 155 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across Toronto.

This year’s event will give residents and visitors an opportunity to explore Toronto’s sites through the theme Secrets and Spirits… Exploring the Mysteries Behind the Door.

This year’s theme will highlight secret spaces, stories of spirit sightings and unexplained mysteries at more than 75 locations, including an underground bowling alley in a downtown church, a secret tomb in another church, haunted tunnels beneath a school and bank vaults in a hotel.

Other offerings in this year’s Doors Open Toronto will include the Doors Open Speakers Series on current topics in design and architecture, art exhibits, the addition of more than 40 new participants in the 2014 building lineup, and free architectural and “ghostly” walking tours.

Walking tours representative of this year’s secret and spirits theme will include:
– The Ghosts and Spirits of the Historic Distillery District
– The Spirit of the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse at Toronto harbour, and
– The Spirits of Exhibition Place, including paranormal hotspots.

Full program details, including a complete list of this year’s buildings, tours and talks, will be available on the web at http://www.toronto.ca/doorsopen, on Facebook and on Twitter starting in late April.

Since its inception in 2000, Doors Open Toronto has attracted more than two million visits to nearly 600 unique locations across the city. It is Canada’s largest Doors Open event and one of the three largest Doors Open events in the world. Doors Open Toronto is dedicated to built heritage, architecture and design. It is sponsored by Great Gulf and produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the broader community.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

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