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Every year from May to October, communities across the province open doors to hundreds of historical buildings, museums, private homes, and other interesting venues. Many of the participating sites offer special activities, such as tours, exhibitions and demonstrations – all free of charge!

St. Thomas’ Doors Open is coming up Saturday October 15th from 10am-4pm and will feature some unique sites and activities.

This year, Doors Open St. Thomas will feature heritage landmarks. From the Old St. Thomas Church built in 1822 to the future Elevated Park (Michigan Central Railway Bridge), you will get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into St. Thomas’ amazing built heritage and the sites celebrating that heritage.

Visit or for detailed event information or pick up your pamphlet at Railway City Tourism, 605 Talbot Street.

“Since it began, Doors Open Ontario has allowed millions of people to glimpse into some of our province’s most fascinating cultural sites. Not only does the program boost local economies, but it also raises awareness of and interest in heritage conservation. I encourage Ontarians and visitors to get out and discover the unique story and experience waiting behind every door.” − Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Quick facts

  • Doors Open Ontario 2016 features hundreds of communities participating in 43 events.
  • Nine out of 10 Ontarians live in a community that has hosted a Doors Open Ontario event.
  • Since its inception, Doors Open Ontario has attracted 6.2 million visitors to explore over 15,000 amazing sites.
  • Visitors to Doors Open Ontario events have spent over $53 million to support local economies.

St. Thomas Sites

  • Central United Church—135 Wellington St
  • Centre Street Baptist—28 Southwick St
  • Elgin County Archives—450 Sunset Drive
  • Elgin County Museum—450 Sunset Drive
  • Elgin County Railway Museum—225 Wellington St
  • First United Church—7 Curtis St
  • Knox Presbyterian Church—55 Hincks St
  • Michigan Central Railway Bridge—King and Centre St
  • Old St. Thomas Church—55 Walnut Street
  • Princess Ave Playhouse—40 Princess Ave
  • Thomas Armoury—40 Wilson Ave
  • Thomas Fire Dept—305 Wellington St
  • Thomas Public Library—153 Curtis St
  • Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre—301 Talbot St
  • Wellington Street Public School—50 Wellington St


For more information about Doors Open Ontario 2015, contact Megan Pickersgill at 519-631-1680 ext 4132 or

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