Doors Open Hamilton
Dundurn Castle 610 York Boulevard

The annual Doors Open has become one of my favourite events to explore. It takes place throughout Ontario, and the Hamilton chapter is now in its 12th year. This was my third year in a row – nicely timed with the third anniversary of this blog.

Historical sites open their doors to the public and you get the opportunity to visit some incredible landmarks with rich history – all for free. The participating sites change slightly each year and it’s exciting to flip through them all and make notes of which ones you want to hit. From Stoney Creek to downtown to Ancaster – you have two days to see all that you can.

In previous years I strategically chose to view sites that are not otherwise open to the public on any given day. This year, I went the other way and chose two major landmarks that are tourist attractions. I had been to both of these growing up, but hadn’t been since I was a child. Being a tourist in my own city, this blog wouldn’t be complete without them. I’m keeping these as photo posts to let the gorgeous sites speak for themselves.

Day One – Dundurn Castle!

– Kristin



Spotted: Grant's reflection in the mirror!
Spotted: Grant’s reflection in the mirror!
Mirror selfie just like they did back in the day
Mirror selfie just like they did back in the day




Grant in the tunnel
Grant in the tunnel




Kristin Archer is the creator of I Heart Hamilton (, where she has blogged about experiences around her hometown since 2011, growing a social media presence along the way. Encouraging locals to “be a tourist in your own city,” she promotes arts and culture across her various social media platforms, blog, and weekly radio show on 93.3 CFMU.

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