Discover local heritage during Doors Open Cornwall

August 7, 2018

The Port Theatre

The Port Theatre

Discover some of Cornwall’s beautiful heritage during Doors Open Cornwall on Saturday, August 18th.

This year’s Doors Open event will see 11 sites in Cornwall opening their doors to visitors free of charge.

“Cornwall is one of Ontario’s oldest communities and we have a great history to share and celebrate,” said Kevin Lajoie, Tourism Coordinator with Cornwall Tourism. “Doors Open gives residents and visitors a chance to discover some of our landmark buildings and the interesting stories behind them.”

This year’s Doors Open list features a mix of returning sites as well as a few new and returning ones. Spend the day exploring museums and public buildings, theatres and art galleries, an historic church and much more.

The Cornwall event is affiliated with Doors Open Ontario, a province-wide initiative to draw attention to heritage sites in communities across Ontario. From April to October, residents and visitors are invited to discover first-hand Ontario’s hidden heritage treasures, some of which have never been open to the public. Since the program was launched in 2002, over 7.3 million visits have been made to heritage sites participating in this exciting initiative.

Doors Open Cornwall

Saturday, August 18 from 10 am to 4 pm

Participating locations:

Aultsville Theatre
2 St. Lawrence Drive (at St. Lawrence College)
Take a backstage tour and see where the performers prepare themselves. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the theatrical lighting, rigging and operations that bring productions and performances to life.

Cline House Gallery
204 Second Street East
Take a trip back in time with a visit to the Cline House Gallery, a beautifully-restored Downtown home built in the 1850’s which is now operated by two well-known Cornwall artists – Tracy-Lynn Chisholm and Emily MacLeod.

Cornwall Community Museum
Lamoureux Park
Discover Cornwall’s historical roots at the Cornwall Community Museum in Lamoureux Park. See the 1900s kitchen, the circa 1910 study, the 1950s-era dining room and much more.

Cornwall General Hospital Down Memory Lane Tour
510 Second Street East
A movement is afoot to create a permanent commemoration of the former Cornwall General Hospital. Come tour the area and learn about how these memories are being preserved.

Cornwall Historical Walking Tour
Various sites
This 6-kilometre (3.7-mile) self-guided walking tour is a voyage into Cornwall’s heritage, depicting events and points of interest from Cornwall’s past. Pick up your map at the Cornwall Community Museum and start your journey!

Cornwall Public Library
45 Second Street East
Stop by one of Cornwall’s most iconic landmarks and learn about this beautiful building and its various uses prior to becoming the Cornwall Public Library.

Former Bank of Montreal
159 Pitt Street
This Downtown landmark is slated to become Cornwall’s new Arts and Culture Centre. Stop in to admire the architectural beauty of this facility, learn about its future plans and participate in a unique fundraiser!

Historic SDG Jail
11 Water Street West
Explore one of Ontario’s oldest public structures which is now home to many historical artifacts and displays. The site will be open from 10 am to 2 pm.

The Port Theatre
132 Montreal Road
Stop in at 10 am for a guided tour of this historical landmark followed by a screening of a 40-minute documentary showcasing the building’s history from its origins as The Roxy in 1941 to the present. (Please note event is at one time only, please arrive 10 minutes early)

St. Lawrence Power Development Visitor Centre
2500B Second Street West
This innovative building tells the story of one of the greatest chapters in Cornwall’s history. Learn about the St. Lawrence Seaway, the power project and its impact on surrounding communities.

Trinity Anglican (Bishop Strachan Memorial) Church
105 Second Street West
Visit this beautiful Gothic style church featuring marble floors, stained-glass windows, a Casavant organ, and plaques and memorials to early Cornwall citizens.

For more information on Doors Open Cornwall locations, please click here.

Doors Open SD&G

In addition to the Cornwall sites, 12 different sites in Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry will also be open this weekend for Doors Open.

They include:

– Aultsville Train Station
– Bethune-Thompson House
– Carman House
– Glengarry Pioneer Museum
– Lost Villages Museum
– Martintown Mill
– Priests Mill Arts Centre
– SDG Jail
– Sir John Johnson Manor House
– Springfield Farm
– St. Andrews Church and Pioneer Cemetery
– St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church

For additional information on Doors Open SD&G, please click here.

Additional Events

Looking for other fun things to do in Cornwall? Make sure to check out our Events page for info on upcoming events in the area!

Stay with Us!

Planning to explore Cornwall? Extend your stay at one of our many great accommodations! For a listing of local accommodations, click here.

Additional Information

Planning a visit to Cornwall? Cornwall Tourism can help. Email us at to request a copy of our Visitor Guide or contact us at (613) 936-0842. You can also stop by our Visitor Information Centre inside the Cornwall Community Museum (160 Water Street West) in Lamoureux Park.

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Article by Sophie Poirier