Connecting Lake Simcoe's Community

There’s a new twist on Doors Open this year. Compiled by Tia Harish.

As in past years, unique and interesting attractions and buildings throughout the Lake Simcoe area are throwing their doors open to the curious public. This year, however, some of the doors are virtual, some require an appointment, and a very few outdoor locations are still available to the public.

Here is a list of some of this year's Doors Open events. For additional information, please check their website at

Doors Open Aurora

Aurora Borealis Orthodontics : A Star Trek-themed orthodontic office is filled with props from all of the Star Trek television series and motion pictures. Explore this unique facility through their online slideshow or this video.

When - Until October 31st, 2020

Where - 15185 Yonge Street, Aurora

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Aurora Public Library : Many opportunities available – from virtual science labs, summer camps, cooking classes, speakers’ series and live-streaming storytelling to a digital bookshelf where you can read, watch listen and learn. Genealogy enthusiasts can also take advantage of the free access to the Library Edition of

When - Until October 31st, 2020

Where - 15145 Yonge Street, Aurora, Ontario

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Hillary House and Koffler Museum of Medicine : The museum contains a significant collection of medical instruments, books, papers and furnishings. Learn about the property and its collections digitally, like in this video. In addition, there are several video recollections as part of the Let’s Talk: Oral History Aurora Project.

When - Until October 31st, 2020

Where - 15372 Yonge Street, Aurora, Ontario

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Digital Doors Open Simcoe County

Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre: Visitors of all ages and abilities are encouraged to discover raptors and reptiles, explore hiking, cross country ski and snowshoe on its trails, experience canoeing and kayaking through the marsh channels, and visit the observation tower, floating boardwalks, waterfowl monitoring platform, wildflower gardens, the bee house and so much more! With Digital Doors Open, check out their “at-home activities, including nature journaling, how to build a bee hotel, making sweet bannock, playing games, making masks, & much more.

When - Until October 31st, 2020; the Centre is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. but visitors are encouraged to check their website beforehand as some programming is not available during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Where - 16160 Highway 12 East, Midland, Ontario

Contact - Telephone: 705-526-7809; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ,


Museum on the Boyne : The museum, which is celebrating their 60 anniversary, is a stop on the Simcoe County Honey Trail. Stop by to learn about D.A. Jones – the Bee King of Canada – and pick up a Honey Trail map, or download a copy. Note: During COVID-19, the Museum on the Boyne is open to visitors by appointment only.

When: Until Saturday, October 31st 2020

Where: 250 Fletcher Crescent, Alliston, Ontario

Contact: Telephone: 705-435-4030, ext. 1802 ; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

Downtown Lindsay Virtual Tour: Designated as a Heritage Conservation District in 2017, the downtown remains a vibrant shopping district with many exciting things to do and see. Explore this storymap and learn about the town from its early beginnings to present day – with a unique guided “walking” tour that presents some of downtown Lindsay’s architectural highlights.

When: Until Saturday, October 31, 2020

Where: Start at the provincial plaque for Purdy's Mills. Lindsay, Ontario


Doors Open Kawartha Lakes Highlights: Since its first event in 2004, Doors Open Kawartha Lakes has showcased some of their communities' most interesting sites and welcomed visitors to their historical buildings, trails and local landscapes. On this virtual tour, you can explore some of the most popular and unique sites from the last 16 years of Doors Open Kawartha Lakes – and get ready for the next event in 2021!

When: Until Saturday, October 31, 2020

Where: Start at the Pontypool Grain Elevator, 25 Pontypool Road, Pontypool, Ontario


Doors Open Innisfil

Be Contemporary Gallery: As part of Digital Doors Open, see the video below and enjoy a wander through the gallery space. Their regular online gallery is also available. The gallery has re-opened with COVID-19 safety measures in place. All visitors must wear a face covering. Check their website for more information on these safety protocols.

When: Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m, until Thursday, December 31, 2020

Where : 7869 Yonge Street, Innisfil, Ontario

Contact : Telephone: 705-436-7607; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Innisfil ideaLAB & Library: 2020 marked a big year for the ideaLAB, as they moved to a fine-free service model, expanded their digital collections and virtual programming opportunities, and launched new programs to address public safety and social isolation. This was also the first year that the library participated in Simcoe Reads, along with public libraries from Barrie, Bradford, Essa and Midland. Visit their extensive YouTube channel to learn more about the kinds of things they do. And check their website for more COVID-related updates.

When: Until Thursday, December 31, 2020

Where: 967 Innisfil Beach Road, Innisfil, Ontario

Contact: Telephone: 705-431-7410, ext. 5224, Email: jmurley@innisfilidealab.c

Rizzardo Health & Wellness Centre: 

The Rizzardo Health & Wellness Centre is an innovative health and wellness hub that is transforming how health care is delivered. In this space, health-care providers and services are brought together to provide an integrated and optimized health-care system for the community. It is also home to the Horodynsky Community Kitchen and the Stewart and Betty Fisher Family Community Room. These multipurpose community spaces support the programs offered through the Centre and are available to community members for business and social rentals. Check out their website to learn more about the health-care services or virtual health and wellness programs available, or download this Healthy Habits Tracker and children’s activities – with colouring pages, games and more!

When: Until Thursday, December 31, 2020

Where: 7325 Yonge Street, Innisfil, Ontario



Waters Passive House: The Waters Passive House is the most energy-efficient home in Innisfil. Built in 2015, the house combines thick insulated walls, low air leakage, south-facing windows, energy-efficient windows, and a ventilation system for energy efficiency. Lush gardens also surround the house. Watch this video for a 90-second explanation of what a passive house is!

When: Until Thursday, December 31, 2020

Where: 759 Happy Vale Drive, Innisfil, Ontario

Contact: Telephone: 705-305-1128 ;


Photo courtesy of Hillary House, Aurora

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