By Julie Williams
In 2004 Whitchurch-Stouffville ran its first Doors Open event and played host to 1300+ site visits. Since then the event has seen the numbers swell more than 3700+ site visits. Program Coordinator for the event, Krista Rauchenstein is particularly excited about this year, ” In celebration of the 15th Anniversary of Doors Open in Whitchurch-Stouffville we are inviting people out to enjoy the many unique sites our community has to offer. This event is always free, and we think you’ll enjoy the variety of activities being offered this year. Get your hands on a copy of On The Road, visit doorsopenontario.ca, or pick up a pull-out at your first stop on June 1st and make this the best Doors Open WS yet,” she said. The event will kick-off June 1st in Civic Square from 9:30-10 am.
Each year the theme is set by the Ontario Heritage Trust. This year’s theme is Communications – you can learn more about that on the historic walking tour guided by Fred Robbins. Some of this year’s highlighted sites include:
Historic Walking Tour (Self-Guided), “Jean-Baptiste Lainé Site (Mantle Site)”
A village was founded on this site by the Huron-Wendat, a Nation of agriculturalists and fisher-hunter-gatherers in the 16th century, before the arrival of Europeans. Enhance your self-guided tour with a stop at the ‘touch & see display’ station where you can pick up your tour pamphlet, chat with Museum staff & Volunteers and view a variety of images and objects related to the site.
Pause Awhile Equestrian Centre Family owned since 1980, this Equestrian Centre – home to 60 horses – has three barns, three arenas and three ponds. The Centre offers boarding and a riding school with certified instructors. Meet some of the horses and enjoy watching riding lessons. Take a tour of the farm. Some of the friendly residents include trumpeter swans, miniature donkeys, goats and a pig!
King Cole Ducks
This farm-fresh store is situated on the oldest duck farm in Ontario. Enjoy “BBQ Duck Day”. Free samples, demonstrations, meet the farmer, meet the chef, and learn to BBQ duck. Featuring duck burgers, duck skewers, and duck sausage. In Stouffville for 67 years, this farm-to-fork duck supplier produces zero waste products and follows a natural farming philosophy.
Shadow Lake Centre
With over 300 acres, this property owned by Community Living Toronto includes a beautiful lake, natural forest, walking trails and buildings over 100 years old. For almost a century people have visited this treasured vacation spot. Major movies, TV shows, and commercials filmed on-site. Enjoy walking tours, displays, crafts, games, and a campfire with refreshments & marshmallows available.
Historic Walking Tour, “Read” Letter Day
Join award-winning historian Fred Robbins in celebration of this year’s province-wide theme of “Communications”. This walk in the downtown core highlights sites that served as prime locations for communication – focus will be on the telegram, telephone, and newspapers. Enjoy readings from a collection of historical letters connecting us with the past. Begins & ends at Civic Square (approximately 1 hour).
Photo: Pause Awhile Equestrian Centre, one of 15 sites included in the 2019 Stouffville Doors Open event. Julie Williams photo.