Saturday May 27th and Sunday May 28th make up the City of Toronto’s eighteenth annual Doors Open celebration. For those who don’t know, Doors Open is a province-wide initiative that opens commonly unseen city spaces to the general public, free of charge. Cities across Ontario offer their own versions of this cultural event each spring. Should you miss Toronto’s, you’ll likely be able to participate in a neighbouring city’s programming.
The theme of this year’s Doors Open is Fifteen Decades of Canadian Architecture. One hundred and fifty culturally, historically, and architecturally-significant buildings will be opened to attendees in Toronto!
When checking out Doors Open, here’s what to do:
When reviewing venues online, you can apply various filters to your location search. This feature helps you to plan ahead and easily find family-friendly spots that are accessible with strollers and that make restrooms available.
Some especially fun looking Doors Open spaces for families include Basecamp Climbing (where visitors get one free climb on a first-come, first-served basis), Cooper Koo Family YMCA (where visitors can enjoy a day of free family programming and classes at the centre), the Historic Zion Schoolhouse (where visitors can partake in Edwardian class lessons), and the High Park Children’s Teaching Kitchen (where visitors can learn about solar panels, composting, and gardening). Trust me when I say that the fantastic list goes on-and-on!
Consider a Walking Tour
In addition to opening buildings across the city, Doors Open Toronto is also hosting walking tours!
Make sure to register in advance to take part in walks like: the Birch Cliff Mural Discovery Walk, the Canadian Poetry Walk, and the Public Space ARTivism in Toronto’s Core. The walks’ terrains, lengths, and themes are described on Doors Open Toronto’s website, so attendees can pick the walk that best suits their interests and needs.
Try Out an ‘Enhanced Experience’
Doors Open Toronto provides ‘Enhanced Experiences’ at a select few locations. These include things like a live mural painting, a film screening, an open architectural studio program, and more!
Get to know Toronto in a new way with your family by heading to Doors Open! You might find a favourite ‘new’ spot!