Doors Open returns this weekend with in-person events

Krystine Therriault - Seaway News
Doors Open returns this weekend with in-person events
This county jail building was constructed in 1833 and remained operational until it was closed in 2002. It is considered one of the oldest public structures in Ontario.

Discover Cornwall and SDG Counties’ hidden treasures this coming weekend during Doors Open.

On Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21, 20 locations in Cornwall and SD&G will open their doors to the public for the first in-person Doors Open event since the COVID-19 pandemic. Spend your weekend touring historical sites and get a behind-the-scenes look at places that aren’t generally accessible to the public!

“Cornwall and SDG Counties is one of Ontario’s oldest regions and we have a great history to share,” said Kevin Lajoie, Tourism Officer with the City of Cornwall.

Not only is this popular event educational – it also helps stimulate local economies.

“Since the program was launched in 2002, over 8.3 million visits have been made to thousands of unique buildings and spaces,” states the Doors Open Ontario website, “The Doors Open Ontario program also has a big impact on local communities, with participants spending more than $11 million [in Ontario] during their travels in a typical year as they learned about heritage conservation, local history and had fun.”

Most participating locations are open both days however some sites will only be open for one day, or for specific hours.

In-person sites that will open their doors free of charge this year in Cornwall and SD&G include:

Saturday only

Carman House Museum (10am – 5pm)

Cornwall Public Library (Guided tours at 10am & 2pm, spaces are limited, register in advance at the library website)

Trinity Anglican Church (10am – 4pm)

YourTV Cornwall (10am – 4pm)

Saturday & Sunday

Aultsville Train Station (11am – 4pm)

Cline House Gallery (10am – 4pm)

Cornwall Community Museum (10am – 4pm)

Cornwall Historical Walking Tour (10am – 4pm)

The Glengarry Celtic Music Hall of Fame (9am – 3:30pm)

Glengarry Nor’Westers and Loyalist Museum (10am – 5pm)

Glengarry Pioneer Museum (10am – 4pm)

Historic SDG Jail (10am – 4pm)

Lost Villages Museum (10am – 5pm)

Martintown Grist Mill (10am – 3pm)

Nativity Co-Cathedral (11am – 4pm)

Priests Mill Arts Centre (10am – 5pm)

Saunders Hydro Dam Visitor Centre (9:30am – 5pm)

Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary (10am – 4pm)

Sunday only

St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church (12pm – 3pm)

St. Raphael’s Ruins (10am – 4pm)

Residents and visitors are encouraged to visit the Doors Open website ( to see the specific hours of operation and additional information.

Want to explore even more of Ontario? Check out the Digital Doors Open page to access an additional 262 sites from the comfort of your home. Virtual experiences include photo tours, virtual tours, videos, searchable collections, and online games and activities for all ages.


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