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Ontario Heritage TrustDoors Open

Saturday June 4 & Sunday June 5, 2016

Doors Open 2016 proudly sponsored by:

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Doors Open Ontario is a province-wide celebration of community heritage intended to offer access, enhance awareness, and encourage excitement about our heritage. Doors Open provides residents and visitors alike a unique opportunity to explore and enjoy sometimes hidden and always interesting places within our community – all free of charge. 

The City of Owen Sound participated in Doors Open for the first time in 2003. With sponsorship assistance from community-minded business, 20 sites in and around Owen Sound opened their doors. As a first-year event, Doors Open Owen Sound was a resounding success drawing close to 4,500 visits through its doors and sites. 

Owen Sound will once again be hosting Doors Open on the weekend of June 4th and 5th, 2016. This year, the provincial theme is “medical science and innovation” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of universal health insurance in Ontario. The event will showcase the people, places, and events that have been influential to the history of medical science and innovation in our community. 

From gardens to gables, museums to mansions, Doors Open Owen Sound provides everyone with an opportunity to enjoy the sites of cultural, historical, environmental or architectural significance around the City. 

For more information about Doors Open Owen Sound, please contact: or 519-756-4440 Ext. 1250

Doors Open Owen Sound Sites 2016

10am to 4pm unless otherwise noted.

1) Beth Ezekiel SynagogueBeth Ezekiel Synagogue

313 11th Street East, Owen Sound

Year Built: 1903

Building Type: Place of worship


First occupied by the Calvary Church, this building has been home to the Synagogue since 1946. Named for Ezekiel Cadesky, a Russian immigrant who settled here in the early 1900s, the structure draws from the tradition of simple, turn-of-the-20th Century Georgian meeting halls.  Intricate stained-glass windows tell the story of many member families. The Synagogue was designated under the Ontario Heritage Act in 1990.

2) Central Westside United ChurchCentral Westside United Church

310 10th Street West, Owen Sound

Year Built: 1884

Style: Edwardian

Building type: Place of worship


Built as Westside Methodist Church in 1910, the building has Renaissance proportions in the Akron Style and is constructed of local materials. The pipe organ dates from 1910. The property was Designated under the Ontario Heritage Act in 1985. 

Site Open:
Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm

3) Community Waterfront Heritage CentreCommunity Waterfront Heritage Centre

1155 1st Avenue West, Owen Sound

Year Built: 1931

Building Type: Historic landmark, Museum, Transportation


The Canadian National Railway built this station in 1931 to replace the original Grand Trunk Railways Station. It had a separate waiting room for women and children. Passenger service ended in 1970. Today the station serves as a landmark and tourism hub housing the museum and a Visitor Information Centre. 

4) Georgian College Trades and Culinary DepartmentGeorgian College

1450 8th Street East, Owen Sound

Year Established: 1967



Touch, taste and feel the difference at Georgian college’s innovative culinary programs and unique offerings.  Tour the facility with Chef Anthony Bevan and learn how you can launch an exciting career in the world of food, in 5 star restaurants’, hotels, catering, institutional kitchens, remote kitchens (i.e. mining camps), Great Lakes shipping or start your own food business.  We might even have something interesting to taste, see you there!


On the technology side, our Gas Combustion Lab has brought the Gas Technician and the Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning programs to the Owen Sound Campus. The state of the art Welding Lab has 20 Lincoln programmable welding machines, allowing our students to work with the latest of technology. This year’s Welding Techniques students acquired over 30 Canadian Welding Bureaus certificates.   Our Carpentry Lab allows the Carpentry Techniques students even greater opportunities to practice their occupation skills necessary for employment in the construction industry. Many of our Carpentry Techniques students acquire Apprenticeships after graduation.

The Electrical Labs allow students to explore applications that pertain to Electrical Apprentices and Electrical Technician opportunities.   

Site Open:
Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm

5) Greenwood Cemetery & MausoleumGreenwood Cemetery

190 1st Street SW, Owen Sound

Year Built: 1927(Mausoleum)


Greenwood Cemetery, bordered by stately maples and cedar hedges, is the final resting place of ship captains, politicians and prominent businessmen, and the only cemetery in Canada in which three Victoria Cross recipients (including Billy Bishop) are buried. The Indiana-limestone-clad mausoleum, built in 1927 features marble interiors and impressive stained-glass windows.

A guided tours of the cemetery with a focus on Owen Sound residents who contributed to medical science and innovation will be held both Saturday and Sunday.  

Guided Walking Tours:
Saturday: 11 am & 2 pm
Sunday: 11 am & 2 pm

6) Grey Bruce Health Services - Owen Sound Regional HospitalGrey Bruce Health Services

1800 8th Street East, Owen Sound

Year Built: 1985


See a modern CT scanner and MRI machine, impressive pieces of medical equipment that reveal the inside of the brain and human body, and can detect tiny abnormalities as small as a pumpkin seed. Photos of a CT scanner from over 20 years ago will show how science and innovation have led to significant improvements in this critical diagnostic tool.

Site Open:
Sunday only: 10am to 4pm

7) Grey Bruce Health UnitGrey Bruce Health Unit

101 17th Street East, Owen Sound

Year Built: 2008

Building Type: Green Building


Opened in September 2008, the 60,000 square foot building serves as administrative offices, clinics and classrooms for Public Health. Our mission: Working with Grey Bruce communities to protect and promote health. The site is also the location for the area office of the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. The building maintains the Gold Standard in LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) as awarded by the Canada Green Building Council. This recognizes a number of innovative design components that consider environmental and energy factors. The building’s ‘green’ design leaves a minimal footprint on the natural environment; makes efficient use of energy, water and materials and creates an inviting, functional and educational building for staff and visitors.

Site Open:
Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm

8) Highland Manor Inn Grand Victorian Bed and BreakfastHighland Manor

867 4th Avenue 'A'  West, Owen Sound

Year Built: circa 1875

Style: Victorian

Building Type: Private Residence


This impressive 7,500 square-foot manor is a fine example of High Victorian architecture with a library, music room, cage elevator, Roman arches, 12-foot high plaster ceilings, stained glass windows, and a grand staircase. From 1919 to 1940 the house served as a maternity hospital. 

Site Open:
Saturday: Noon to 4 pm
Sunday: Noon to 4 pm

9) Inglis Falls Conservation AreaInglis Falls

237785 Inglis Falls Road, Georgian Bluffs

Year Built: 1862(Grist Mill)

Landscape Type: Conservation Area

Building Type: Attraction, Historic Landmark


See the Sydenham River cascade 18 metres over the Niagara Escarpment and remains of a water flume and grinding stones, once part of a grist, saw, and woolen mill complex. On Sunday, tour the former filtration plant, built in 1910, where water was filtered and gravity-fed to local residents. 

Filtration Plant Tours:
Sunday: 10 am to 4 pm

10) M'Wikwedong Native Cultural Resource CentreM'Wikwedong Native and Cultural Resource Centre

1723 8th Avenue East, Owen Sound

Year Established: 2001


The M’Wikwedong Native Cultural Resource Centre officially opened its doors to the community in June 2001, and was incorporated in August of 2001. M’Wikwedong was established to address the social, spiritual, mental and physical needs of the Urban Aboriginal population of Owen Sound and surrounding area by providing a safe environment for the Aboriginal peoples to participate in their community and to break down the cultural and systemic service barriers between local Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal populations.

Site Open:
Saturday: 10 am to 2 pm
Sunday: 10am to 2 pm

11) MacLean Estate Bed and BreakfastMacLean Estate

404 9th Street East, Owen Sound

Year Built: 1901

Style: Victorian

Building Type: Private residence


Dr. J.A. Hershey, one of Owen Sound’s early physicians, used this 3,200-square-foot (297-square-metre) structure for both his home and medical practice. The original oak floors and trim, the pocket doors, leaded-glass windows and turret are characteristic of the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

12) Midwives of Grey BruceMidwives of Grey Bruce

256 8th Street East, Owen Sound

Year Established: 1986

Midwives Grey Bruce have been primary care providers for low-risk pregnancy and birth in Grey Bruce since 1986, offering full prenatal care, labour and birth support, and postpartum care. The midwives attend births at home as well as at hospitals in Owen Sound, Hanover and Walkerton. There are currently 11 registered midwives offering care in this community.

13) Morland PlaceMorland Place

102645 Grey Road 18, Georgian Bluffs (at Inglis Falls Road)

Year built: 1920

Landscape Type: Garden

Style: Georgian

Building Type: Private Residence

Built by the McCallum family in 1920, Morland Place was originally a small, country-style home. The expansion at the rear was modeled on the 1870s Regency Georgian Villa style. The gardens, which contain concrete statues and benches, are in the European “architectural” style. Parts of the house can be viewed from the front hall. 

14) Old Post Office– AKA Inc. & Ngon3 MarketingOld Post Office

299 9th Street East, Owen Sound

Year Built: 1910

Building Type: Commercial, Historic Landmark, Post Office

The Beaux Arts building known as the Old Post Office opened its doors in April 1910 at the corner of Scrope and Baker Streets (now 3rd Avenue E and 9th Street E). Built for the department of public works, it housed the post office on the ground floor with offices for Customs and Revenue above. The building served as Owen Sound’s fifth post office building. The first post office opened in 1846 when the town was called Sydenham. In 1910, the staff of nine included five letter carriers for 12 rural routes overseen by Post Master George A Ross. There were four wickets and 1200 lock boxes near the entrance. The Old Post Office was Designated under the Ontario Heritage Act in 1979. 

15) Owen Sound and North Grey Union Public LibraryOwen Sound and North Grey Union Public Library

824 1st Avenue West, Owen Sound

Year Built: 1914

Architect: Forster & Clark

Style: Neoclassical

Building Type: Attraction, Historic Landmark, Library


The Library was founded in 1855, originally as a Mechanics’ Institute. The present Neo-Classical structure was completed in 1914 with a Carnegie Foundation grant. It features monumental brick pilasters with carved limestone trim and bases, and a barrel vaulted ceiling with decorative plasterwork. An addition was added in 1972 and the property was Designated under the Ontario Heritage Act in 2009. 

Site Open:
Saturday: 9:30 am to 5 pm
Sunday: 2 pm to 5 pm

16) Roselawn Bowling ClubRoselawn Bowling Club

1555 5th  Avenue East, Owen Sound

Year Built: 1948

Style: Vernacular


Want to try lawn bowling? Members will be on hand to coach you! Lawn bowls has been a popular summer sport in Owen Sound for more than 100 years. Originally called the Owen Sound North (Brooke) Lawnbowling Club, the club purchased the property for $200 in 1948. After a fire in the 1990s destroyed their facility, St. George’s Lawnbowling Club members were welcomed at Roselawn. 

Site Open:
Sunday only: 10 am to 4 pm

17) Roxy TheatreRoxy Theatre

251 9th Street East, Owen Sound

Year Built: 1912

Building Type: Attraction Theatre


Originally built as The Grand Opera House, the orientation of the theatre was opposite of the current layout. In the 1920s John Griffin purchased the Opera House and renamed it “Griffin’s Theatre” and by 1948 further renovations transformed building into an Odeon Theatre. The Owen Sound Little Theatre Company bought the building in 1986. The last film to be shown on October 25th, 1986 was “A Coalminer’s Daughter” with proceeds going to the hospital for a new scanner. After extensive renovations, the theatre opened as the Roxy in October 1994. 

18) St. George’s Anglican ChurchSt. George's Anglican Church

1049 4th Ave East, Owen Sound

Year Built: 1881

Architect: Marshall B. Aylesworth

Style: Gothic Revial

Building Type: Place of Worship, Historic Landmark


St. George’s was fashioned after St. Mary’s of Bristol, England. Unlike the towers of typical English great churches, St. George’s tower is located on the side elevation, where the nave and transept walls meet, and served as the main entrance. The church is otherwise laid out in the typical cruciform style of early Victorian Gothic revival period.  An organ recital by music director Richard Smith will be held on Sunday. Visitors will have an opportunity to try the organ firsthand! 

Site Open:
Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm
Sunday: 1 pm to 4 pm

19) The Best You and the Owen Sound Surgical CentreThe Best You

250 10th Street East, Owen Sound

Year Built: Established 2003


An important landmark for healthcare services in the region, “the centre” has approximately 20,000 patient visits annually. Services on site include Plastic surgery, ENT Head and Neck Surgery, Dermatology and Dental Hygiene.
The facility is also home to the Owen Sound Surgical Centre. It is a fully accredited surgical facility built in accordance with hospital standards. Sedation and gull general anesthetic services are provided by Royal College Certified Anesthesiologists. 

Approximately 1000 surgical services are provided onsite annually and include full body and facial plastic surgery, surgery for skin cancer and deep dentistry for wisdom teeth extraction and dental restoration.
Also on site is “The Best You” Medical Aesthetic and Laser Clinic providing gold standard laser treatments for hair removal and skin care as well as injectable cosmetics and affordable preventative oral health care. 

Doors Open Map 2016


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