Doors Open Weekend a Must See Event

August 9, 2017
By Adriana Conti

Cornwall Ontario – Some of the most historic and interesting buildings in Cornwall and SDG will open their doors on August 19th and 20th, inviting the entire community to discover the story behind each space. Admission to each site is free of charge for the weekend only.

“Doors Open is a great opportunity to celebrate our rich heritage and culture by opening up our most historic sites,” says Cornwall Tourism Coordinator Linda Wilson. “The event is completely free and family friendly, making it accessible to the entire community.”

A total of 8 locations in Cornwall and 9 in the surrounding counties of S.D.& G. will be participating in the two-day event. Many of the sites have special events and activities planned in conjunction with Doors Open. Not all of the sites are normally opened to the public, making the event a must for the 2017 summer season.

Participating Doors Open sites in Cornwall include:

104.5 Fresh and Boom 101.9

  • 709 Cotton Mill Street, Cornwall
  • Sat. Aug 19th – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm only
  • These two Corus-owned local radio stations are located in the Cotton Mill. While the bulding was renovated in 2006, it still retains its beautiful wood floors and brick walls. Come chat with radio veteran Darryl Adams who will be on site!

Aultsville Theatre

  • 2 St. Lawrence Drive, Cornwall
  • Sat. Aug 19th – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Sun. Aug 20th – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Built in 1976, the theatre is a 680-seat non-profit professional theatre. Take a backstage tour and get a behind-the-scenes look at the theatrical lighting, rigging and overall operations that bring performances to life.

Cornwall Community Museum

  • 160 Water Street, Cornwall
  • Sat. Aug 19th – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Sun. Aug 20th – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Take a look inside Cornwall’s heritage by visiting the museum. Your visit will include a 1900 kitchen filled with Cornwall’s famous Flack and Van Arsdale crocks; a studycirca 1910; a 1950’s Seaway Era dining room with Beach furniture; the Loyalist parlour featuring an original tea set from the Wood family; Special ChaletGlass Exhibit.

Cornwall Historic Walking Tour

  • Meet at the Cornwall Community Museum
  • Sat. Aug 19th – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Sun. Aug 20th – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • This 6 km walking tour is a voyage into Cornwall’s heritage. The tour follows nearly 30 plaques along Cornwall’s waterfront, the downtown and in parts of the Village in the city’s east end.

Cornwall Public Library

  • 25 Second Street East, Cornwall
  • Sat. Aug 19th only – 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • In 1995, the Cornwall Public Library celebrated its 100th anniversary. Moving into the former post office in 1997, the library is one of Cornwall’s oldest and finest buildings worth seeing.

Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame

  • 100 Water Street East (Civic Complex), Cornwall
  • Sat. Aug 19th – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Sun. Aug 20th – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • The Sports Hall of Fame features talented and legendary inductees that represent a wide range of sports. Some of the well-known athletes featured in the exhibits include Newsy Lalonde, Cyril Denneny and Orval Tessier.

Historic SDG Jail

  • 11 Water Street West, Cornwall
  • Sat. Aug 19th – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Sun. Aug 20th – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • This county jail building was constructed in 1833 and remained operational until it was closed in 2002. Come take a tour and see many historical artifacts and displays; it is considered one of the oldest public structures in Ontario.

St. Lawrence Power Development Visitor Centre

  • 2500B Second Street West, Cornwall
  • Sat. Aug 19th – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Sun. Aug 20th – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • This impressive 13,000-square-foot building was opened in 2010 and offers visitors an interactive and educational experience. Learn about the St. Lawrence Seaway, the power project, electricity generation at OPG, and Mohawk and Native American culture.

For more information about the Doors Open event or on each location, visit the following links:

For more information on The Ontario Heritage trust, visit their website:


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