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Doors Open 2024

Doors Open - Come and explore our unique places and spaces in Kawartha Lakes on September 15, 2024

Join us as we explore some of Kawartha Lakes' unique heritage buildings, spaces and places on September 15, 2024 with Doors Open. This year, we are celebrating two milestone anniversaries: Fenelon Falls turn 150 while Sturgeon Point turns 125. We have 13 exciting sites for you to visit throughout Fenelon Falls, Sturgeon Point and Bobcaygeon. You can drop in and see as few or as many as you like and Doors Open sites are always free. Stay tuned for some exciting itineraries to help you plan your day.

Doors Open Kawartha Lakes is part of the Doors Open Ontario program, running from May to October each year and showcasing communities across the province.

Emily Turner

Economic Development Officer - Heritage Planning
705-324-9411 extension 1366

Laura Love

Economic Development Officer - Curatorial Services
705-324-9411 extension 2151
llove@kawarthalakes.ca
interior of museum display with artifacts
Doors Open Passport

Introducing our New Doors Open Passport!

This year, we are launching a new Doors Open Passport! Visit three or more of our sites and enter into a draw to win great local prizes.

Pick up a passport at any of our sites on September 15 to get it stamped at the sites you visit. Drop it off at your last site for the day and you'll be entered into our draw.

directional signage in historic downtown Fenelon Falls
Doors Open Itineraries

Not sure where to start?

You can start at any site and visit them in any order, but sometimes a plan for the day is needed. Leading up to September 15, we'll be releasing several itineraries that you can follow to plan your day, visiting our exciting sites and getting some food along the way.

Check back here in August as we add new itineraries to follow!

Explore our 2024 Doors Open Sites

All of our sites are open on Sunday September 15 from 10am to 4pm unless otherwise noted.

historic museum

Boyd Heritage Museum

21 Canal Street East, Bobcaygeon

The Boyd Heritage Museum in Bobcaygeon was founded to collect and exhibit information and artifacts related to the history of Bobcaygeon and the family of Mossom Boyd, the lumber baron whose business activities shaped the history of the village beginning in the mid-19th century. Come and explore the museum to learn about Bobcaygeon's past and the surrounding area.

historic museum

Fenelon Station Gallery

103 Lindsay Street, Fenelon Falls

The Fenelon Station Gallery, located in the historical 1880s Fenelon Falls train station, has been showcasing the diverse talents of local artists since 2005. Come and take a look through the bay window that the station agent used to see up and down the rail line. After stepping into the past, you can browse through the diverse and high-quality artwork.

historic church

Sturgeon Point Union Church

119 Irene Avenue, Sturgeon Point

The Sturgeon Point Union Church is one of a kind in Kawartha Lakes. Built in 1915 for the cottage community of Sturgeon Point and commissioned by Lady Clara Flavelle as a non-denominational church, the unique octagonal design is executed in post-and-beam construction with large windows and a high roof, which integrate it into the surrounding natural landscape.

historic museum

Sturgeon Point Walking Tour

Meet at 119 Irene Avenue, Sturgeon Point

Join local historian Ian McKechnie for a walking tour of Sturgeon Point where you will learn about its development as Kawartha Lakes’ most prominent historic summer community. Tours will run at 11am, 1pm and 3pm and will be about 30 minutes in length, beginning at Sturgeon Point Union Church. Space on each tour is limited so please register in advance. You may be able to join a tour the day of, but only if space is available!

fire fighter equipment

Kawartha Lakes Fire Station 22

9 John Street, Fenelon Falls

Come to the Kawartha Lakes Fire Station 22 in Fenelon Falls and meet the firefighters! This is one of 19 fire stations throughout Kawartha Lakes that protects local homes and communities. Learn about the work these firefighters do and the equipment and vehicles they use. Note: Fire crews may be required to respond to an emergency.

outdoor concert at night

The Grove Theatre

27 Veterans Way, Fenelon Falls

The Grove Theatre is a one-of-a-kind performance venue in Kawartha Lakes that opened in summer 2022. This outdoor amphitheatre hosts an annual lineup of its own theatre productions alongside appearances from Canadian guest artists, community events and a drama camp for young people. Experience this unique open air venue during the day and see behind the scenes! 

historic church

Christ Anglican Church

43 Sherwood Street, Bobcaygeon

Christ Anglican Church was constructed between 1870 and 1871 on land donated by lumber baron Mosson Boyd. Built to the design of architect John Belcher, it has served Bobcaygeon's Anglican community ever since. Come and explore this historic building, including its unique stained glass windows.

Hours: 1pm to 4pm

historic church

St. Peter's Anglican Church

797 Martins Road, Bury's Green

St. Peter's Anglican Church and cemetery once served the busy hamlet of Bury's Green. This small country church sits in the rolling farmland north of Fenelon Falls. Now privately owned and no longer operating, it is a unique opportunity to see inside this architectural gem and learn about the local families who worshipped here.

historic museum

Maryboro Lodge

50 Oak Street, Fenelon Falls

Maryboro Lodge, also known as the Fenelon Museum, is one of Kawartha Lakes' oldest buildings and a vibrant community museum. The estate house was built in 1837 for James Wallis and undergone many changes over the years, before becoming a museum in 1963. Visit the museum for fun for all ages!

historic church

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church

89 Colborne Street, Fenelon Falls

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church — the second Presbyterian church in Fenelon Falls — was constructed in 1895. During Doors Open, visitors can explore the church sanctuary. Volunteers will be on hand to provide tours and answer questions about the building. Sunday worship will take place between 10 and 11 a.m. All are welcome to attend before the Doors Open tours begin.

Hours: 11am to 4pm

historic church

Fenelon Falls United Church

123 Colborne Street, Fenelon Falls

Fenelon Falls United Church has served the community in this building since 1911. The building was constructed as the third generation church for the local Methodist congregation replacing buildings constructed in 1876 and 1861, although Methodists meetings occurred in the village much earlier. Come and explore this landmark building in downtown Fenelon Falls after Sunday services are complete.

Hours: 12pm to 4pm

 

historic aerial photo of generating station

Fenelon Falls Generating Station

Meet on the east side of the Fenelon Falls bridge

Fenelon Falls' earliest generating station was built in 1893 by the Fenelon Falls Electric Light Company and first powered five electric streetlights. Rebuilt in 1997, the current Fenelon Falls Generating Station – a 2.6 megawatt hydroelectric station – supplies electricity to approximately 2,000 homes in the City of Kawartha Lakes (depending on the time of the year). During Doors Open, interior tours are scheduled. Check back in early September for tour times and for advanced registration.

 

historic dry stone wall

Edgewood Dry Stone Wall

28 Boyd Street, Bobcaygeon

The Edgewood Dry Stone Wall was constructed in 1891 as part of the estate for W.T.C. Boyd, businessman and son of local lumber baron Mossom Boyd. Today, the wall is the only part of the estate that remains and its designation and restoration was spearheaded in 2022 by Environmental Action Bobcaygeon. Learn about history and restoration of this site from the volunteers who helped make it happen.

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