Shawna Rousseau, executive assistant at Cornwall and the Counties Tourism.
CORNWALL, Ontario - Want to know where and how senior government officials were going to ride out a nuclear war had the unthinkable taken place during the Cold War?
You'll get your chance this weekend during Doors Open, a provincewide project that looks to bolster local tourism in communities across Ontario.
This weekend the Cornwall Public Library will opens its basement to the public, which doubled as a fallout shelter during the Cold War when the building was owned federally by Canada Post.
Shawna Rousseau, executive assistant at Cornwall and the Counties Tourism, told Seaway News it's just one example of how Doors Open grants access to the public in parts of buildings that aren't normally open.
"It's unique because so many of these buildings are closed to the public in some way," she said.
Doors Open is a celebration of history and heritage that has been ongoing since 2002. From April through October, communities throughout the province “open the doors” to their many heritage sites, such as museums, churches and other historical sites for the public to experience.
This weekend, Sept. 7-8, it's Cornwall and the counties turn.
Cornwall and The United Counties will present 19 historical sites for everyone to enjoy. Check out the full listing with dates and times at this link.
TC Media is a local sponsor of the event.