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Doors Open Windsor 2018

September 22, 2018 @ 10:00 am - September 23, 2018 @ 4:00 pm

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Explore some of Windsor’s most fascinating buildings during the 12th edition of the Doors Open Windsor tour taking place September 22-23, 2018.

Doors Open is a free, self-guided event. No registration or sign up required.

Doors Open Windsor is an initiative to open up buildings that would not normally be accessible to the public. All access to buildings during this event are free of charge. Enjoy the differences in architecture, places of worship, and workplaces.

The event has grown over the years from just 15 sites to more than 30 sites on the tour, 13 of them new to Doors Open.

See all the action at the Film Camp for Kids and Youth site, tour the Windsor Islamic Association Mosque or HMCS Hunter Naval Reserve. Browse a rare book collection deep inside the Leddy Library at the University of Windsor, or marvel at how the Armouries has been transformed into the School of Creative Arts. Take guided walking tours through three historic neighbourhoods with the students of the St. Clair College Architectural Technology program. Visit local museums for free.

Take a break while visiting Ford City and take in its history with a presentation by Herb Colling. You’ll learn about Ford City’s storied past, from making cars, to rum running to a thriving cultural centre for people of the Border Cities. This presentation takes place at St. John the Divine Church Hall (1094 Drouillard Rd) on Saturday, September 22nd at 2pm. Parking is available at the Gino Marcus Community Centre.

There is something for everyone at Doors Open Windsor!

Due to Dropped on Drouillard on Saturday, September 22 and Open Streets Windsor on Sunday, September 23 access to some sites may be affected.

Doors Open Windsor Dates & Times

Saturday, September 22 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 23 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

For more information, including a listing of all the buildings on the tour, please visit http://www.doorsopenwindsor.com

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This celebration of our built heritage comes around only every two years, so get your walking shoes ready, and mark off Saturday, September 22nd and Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 on your calendars.


The first Doors Open Day took place in France in 1984 and has since spread to all 48 signatory states of the European Cultural Convention where it is now known as “European Heritage Days”. Today, there are events throughout Europe, Australia, South America and across North America.

The Ontario Heritage Trust held its first Doors Open in Toronto, Ontario in 2002, to promote heritage tourism and build awareness and pride in community heritage treasures. Through this program, architecturally significant buildings and other structures in more than forty Ontario communities threw their doors open for free tours, allowing the public to experience their beauty and history. Windsor was a participant during the first Ontario wide event in 2002 and last held a Doors Open event in 2014 when the community supported the event with more than 6300 unique site visits.



September 22, 2018 @ 10:00 am
September 23, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
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