Doors Open Waterloo Region

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Doors Open Waterloo Region returns as an in-person event in 2024 on Saturday, September 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A day of discovery: tour 26 local destinations including noteworthy buildings, interesting places & heritage sites. Admission to all Doors Open sites is always free. 

Doors Open Waterloo Region creates meaningful qualitative experiences, delivered through storytelling, in celebration of our diverse community culture, heritage and architecture.

Questions? Email us! 

Doors Open Waterloo Region 2024 

Doors Open Waterloo Region returns as an in-person event in 2024 on Saturday, September 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A day of discovery: tour 26 local destinations including noteworthy buildings, interesting places & heritage sites. Admission to all Doors Open sites is always free. 

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Doors Open Ontario
For complete details about this year’s participating sites, visit Doors Open Ontario
Map
Plot your path for Doors Open Waterloo Region on September 21. All 26 sites are located throughout our cities and townships. Make a day of it! View map.
2024 Brochure/Passport
The Doors Open Waterloo Region Brochure also doubles as a Passport to highlight the participating sites in the 2024 event. Coming soon.
Kids’ Activity Guide

Our Kids' Activity Guide is designed to engage and educate youngsters, with charming illustrations of each Doors Open site created by local artist Della vanDokkumburg that are perfect for colouring. Fun puzzles and activities challenge kids to apply what they've learned. Here is our 2023 edition.

Explore these 26 sites for free from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 21, 2024.
SiteCity/Township
Eldale Veterinary Clinic Woolwich
Region Of Waterloo Libraries - Wellesley Branch Wellesley
Theatre Wellesley Wellesley
Wellesley Township Heritage and Historical Society Wellesley
Mountainoak Cheese Wilmot 
Willibald Farm Distillery & Brewery North Dumfries
Middleton Water Pumping Station Cambridge
Fire Hall Museum & Education Centre  Cambridge
Wesley United Church Cambridge
Fashion History Museum Cambridge
Region Of Waterloo Libraries - Breslau Branch Woolwich
Drayton Entertainment Youth Academy & Production Facility Waterloo
Waterloo ION Maintenance Facility Waterloo
Savvas Chamberlain Music Building - Faculty of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University Waterloo
Emmanuel at Brighton Child Care Centre Waterloo
Waterloo Potters' Workshop at the Jacob Eby Farmhouse Waterloo
1820 Log House in Waterloo Park Waterloo
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics Waterloo
Waterloo Coin Society Kitchener
Indwell - St. Mark's Place Kitchener
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church Kitchener
Waterloo County Gaol & Governor's House Kitchener
44 Gaukel Creative Workspace Kitchener
The Food Bank of Waterloo Region Kitchener
OTTO Motors Kitchener
Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum Kitchener

Plus these guests:

  • Architectural Conservancy Ontario (ACO) North Waterloo Region Branch (located at The Gaol)
  • Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation (located at St. Andrews)
  • Waterloo Historical Society (located at St. Andrews)
  • Region Of Waterloo Waste Management (located at Ken Seiling Museum)

Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region 2020 - 2022

Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region 2020 - 2022 was an entirely virtual experience. Our 2020 and 2021 programs delivered fascinating stories via video episodes; the entire collection of episodes can be viewed at our YouTube Playlist. 

Home Edition - Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region

The Home Edition of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region is a series of short vignettes taking viewers through the front doors of unique and interesting homes in Waterloo Region. These private residences may be compelling for many reasons, including:

• grandiosity
• architecture
• historical/cultural significance
• unique design

These are the homes which residents of Waterloo Region pass by every day and wonder ‘what’s it like inside?’

Interested in participating in the Home Edition of Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region?

Complete this form.

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Follow us on InstagramTwitter and Facebook for sneak peeks leading up to the launch of each episode.

Join our mailing list to receive updates and notifications when episodes are released. Mailing list members are eligible to win great, exclusive prizes throughout August and September.

 Get involved

Volunteer

 

Volunteer opportunities are available for individuals to:

  • lead tours of the featured buildings
  • greet visitors.
  • count the total number of visitors
  • photograph the event
  • animate a site with music, theatre or children's activities

Free training and orientation, including information on the history of your assigned building, is provided. We require a four-hour commitment on the day of the event.

And if you are a member of a local arts, heritage or service organization, consider volunteering as a group. We will do our best to place your group at one location, or at locations close to each other.

Contact Doors Open coordinators for information on volunteering.

Be a photographer, blogger, social media or podcast journalist for Doors Open Waterloo Region!

Introduce people to your favourite Doors Open site, on or before Doors Open. Scope out any sites you would like to photograph/capture in a podcast/write about in your blog/tweet about. Pick which sites you would like to cover, and let us know. If you are free on the third Saturday of September, we would love it if you could also capture images/footage of visitors enjoying Doors Open sites!

Why blog/podcast/tweet/photograph for Doors Open?

  • advance access to normally-closed-to-the-public, 'secret' Doors Open sites
  • exclusive interviews with our Doors Open site owners/operators
  • link to Doors Open Ontario's province-wide website
  • meet other bloggers/podcast journalists/photographers in real time at our Doors Open networking event
  • connect with journalists working in traditional media in Waterloo Region
  • tell the world about the stories that make our 'secret' Doors Open sites interesting!
  • Your podcasts/photos/blog entries would be featured prominently on our Doors Open blog (with links from our Facebook page).
  • Following the event, some of your photos/podcast entries/blog entries would be featured on the Region of Waterloo's Doors Open blog and Facebook page.
  • Your photos/podcasts could be forwarded to the Ontario Heritage Trust, to be used in their province-wide publication (distributed in the Globe & Mail), or used on the Doors Open Ontario website.

If you are interested in being a volunteer photographer/blogger/podcast journalist with Doors Open Waterloo Region, email us.  

Thank you for your interest in Doors Open Waterloo Region!

 Call for arts and heritage organizations! Get involved with Doors Open Waterloo Region!

Doors Open Waterloo Region, a free heritage and architecture tour, is looking for arts and heritage organizations to provide programming at various sites across Waterloo Region for Doors Open.

We are looking for music, drama performances, crafts for children, workshops/lectures, information displays, etc. that will enrich our visitors' experience during Doors Open.

Doors Open sites are located all across Waterloo Region (but a few of the sites are better suited to host live performances). Our event takes place on the third Saturday of September (most of our sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

As Doors Open is a free event, the performance must be presented gratis; however, you are free to sell tickets to upcoming shows, memberships, etc. before or after your performance.

If you are interested, please email by July 15, and we will match your organization with a Doors Open site.

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About Doors open

Doors Open Waterloo Region is part of Doors Open Ontario, a province wide initiative of the Ontario Heritage Trust to celebrate community heritage and architecture.

Depending on the community, Doors Open events take place any time from April to October. Doors Open is free, and many participating properties either normally charge an entrance fee, or are not usually open to the public. In most cases, no tickets or advance registration is required for the event.

 

https://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/pages/events/waterloo-region

Contact Us

Doors Open Coordinators
150 Frederick Street, 8/F
Kitchener, ON N2G 4J3

T. 519-747-5139
TTY. 519-575-4608
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