April 10, 2015

Doors Open was an event first established in 1984 in France, and since then, it has spread all over Europe, exposing many people to heritage sights and fascinating information on the continent’s diverse history. It eventually reached Canada in 2002, and for 13 years now, millions of visitors have come to witness Toronto’s hidden heritage sights, some of which have never been open to the public.

Doors Open 2015, which takes place from the 23rd to the 24th of May, has many fun and fantastic events in store. Many new locations are open across Toronto, such as the Aga Khan Museum, which showcases Islamic arts and cultures, and is filled with various wonders and beautiful displays from Muslim communities around the world. The Downsview Park Sports Centre offers a gigantic array of recreational and sports options. From traditional activities like hockey, football and volleyball, to other enjoyable things like Toronto School of Circus Arts, where family members can have year-round instructions in flying trapeze, hoops, acrobatics, Chinese pole, and many more (sounds like fun, doesn’t it?). Rock climbing is also an option; True North Climbing (also in Downsview Park) offers rock climbing in varying levels of difficulty, so it’s a great place to start training for your journey up the mountains.

The Community Association for Riding for the Disabled (CARD) is hosting a Walk On on the Sunday of Doors Open. The walk-a-thon raises money for this registered charity that provides therapeutic riding programs for people with disabilities, subsidizes 78% of all rider fees, and invests to maintain a herd of specially trained horses that free the disabled from their disability. Their goal is to help the disabled be more confident and achieve a more independent life, so come out and support them on this incredibly important fundraiser!

Other participating companies include the Ontario Heritage Centre, where you can learn about the significant events in Ontario’s history, Fool’s Paradise (the former home of artist, writer and educator Doris McCarthy), and The Mesonic Temple (a famous concert hall). Come out and learn about the history of Toronto with this amazing event. There are over 500 organizations participating, so it is guaranteed that the information and activities will be exciting and very diverse, as our wonderful city has proved to be time and time again.