Doors Open is a storytelling adventure that sees several sites around the city opening up to local residents throughout the free daylong event. Whether it be architectural or cultural spaces – attendees are guaranteed a diverse experiences, this past Saturday (Sept. 7).

Kids and their families were stepping into the world of robotics, video game programming or innovative entrepreneurship ideas at York University’s YSpace in Downtown Markham.

Families were also treated to free carousel rides on the Pride of Canada Carousel on the corner of Birchmount and Enterprise roads. Other sightseeing worthy spots included the Wong Dai Sin Temple, hailing local winner of the Governor General’s Medal for Architecture.

Let’s not forget staple venues like the Varley Art Gallery, the (rumoured to be) haunted Thornhill Village Public Library and Heintzman House which are always a site to see (pun intended)! Click here for a full list of venues.

“Doors Open Markham gives you an inside look into Markham’s identity, rich history, vibrancy and unique global feel,” says Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “This is your chance to go behind the scenes and discover fascinating architectural and historical gems, cultural and innovative hubs. It’s like a vacation in your own backyard and a great way to celebrate the 225th anniversary of the founding of Markham.”

Free activities on these guided tours include everything from ghost stories to live music, workshops and model train demonstrations.

“Doors Open is a great opportunity to enjoy all that Markham has to offer,” says Doors Open Committee Chair Kenneth Ng. “As Canada’s most diverse city, people have come here from all over the world and now call Markham home. We are proud to welcome back past participants and add new ones that reflect Markham’s diverse communities. Looking forward to meeting you at one of the sites this year!”

Doors Open is part of events being held province-wide under the Ontario Heritage Trust – Doors Open Ontario, so local residents will see sign around the city indicating that.

Images taken from City of Markham Facebook feed.