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Doors Open Hamilton 2014

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend in the GTA and Hamilton, admist the chilly and rainy weather (seriously, it’s suppose to be “May’s flowers already), CAP has got your covered. The first weekend of May is the start of Doors Open Ontario and Jane’s Walk.

Doors Open Ontario is an annual event that made it way to Canada from its origin in France in 1984. Since coming to Canada, Doors Open Ontario has been held annually from April to October to allow the public to explore and view heritage sites all over the province. All of these heritage sites are free so that the public has the opportunity to view these sites that are normally closed off to the public for the rest of the year. Our focus in highlighting specific sites to visit though are reflective of their environmental nature. Here are a few sites we think would be great to check out in and around the GTA and Hamilton. For the complete list of heritage sites to view, click here.

Doors Open Hamilton (May 3rd – 4th)

  • McMaster Innovation Park is open on both Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM – 4 PM. This “research park” hosts the “Atrium@MIP” which is showcases the “architectural adaptive reuse” of its former Westinghouse CAMCO facility. The McMaster Innovation Park can be coupled with the Seedworks Urban Offices which is also considered an architectural piece in Hamilton for its transition into an updated brick and post-beam construction. An on-site music program can be enjoyed at the Seedworks Urban Offices.
  • The Staircase Theatre is another great site to visit for its community building activities during Doors Open. A former transformer substation 100 years ago, the Staircase Theatre is hosting a free beginner’s improv workshop on Sunday from Noon – 4 PM.
  • The HMCS Haida and HMCS Star are two great “sites” to explore for Doors Open Hamilton. The HMCS Haida is Canada’s most decorated warship, which is open to the public for Doors Open to tour the main deck. The HMCS Star is Hamilton’s Naval Reserve Station, formed in 1923, which hosts a museum that includes artifacts from WWI. The HMCS Star is also hosting a parade and ceremony on Sunday to commemorate the Battle of the Atlantic. Seriously though, what’s cooler than a warship and a naval base?

HMCS Haida (photo by Bill Watson)

Jane’s Walks are free walking tours organized by locals to allow people to explore the diversity of their cities and “celebrate their neighbourhoods.” Toronto’s Jane’s Walks starts today (May 2nd) and continues until May 4th. Here are a few walks organized that one or a party of five can go enjoy. A full complied list of walks (137 walks!) are available for this weekend and can be found here. Check out the video below for a more historical account of Jane’s Walk in Toronto.

  • From Landfill to Parkland: a walk that celebrates the transformation of Leslie Spit into a nature lovers’ paradise. The walk will happen on May 4th and it will start at 8 AM and take approximately 3 hours long. For more information about the Leslie Spit walk and the path and directions to get to the meeting place, please click here.
  • The Beltline and Beyond: a fun walk through forest trails and ravines found within the heart of the City of Toronto. This walk is available both on May 3rd and May 4th and starts at 1 PM and takes approximately 2 and 1/2 hours long. For more information about the trails being taken by the walking group and directions to the meeting place, please click here.
  • How Healthy is this Place?: a walk that is more of a urban critique of the city. This walk explores the architectural pieces of Toronto and critiques their viability to the city. A great way to understand the history of architecture and public places in Toronto. A full list of information about this walk can be found here.


Whatever you do decided to do this week, CAP hopes that its a weekend filled with nature and clean air.

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2 Comments on “Doors Open Hamilton 2014”

  1. Graeme Stuart May 6, 2014 at 6:06 pm #

    Sounds great – wonderful to see initiatives that draw on local community resources like this. I appreciated the video too.

    • cleanairpartnership May 9, 2014 at 2:06 pm #

      Agreed! It’s great to see initiatives that include community engagement to draw people to interact within their neighbourhoods. Thanks for stopping by!

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