First Doors Open Wellington North event recognized in Culture Days top 10 list

Wellington North opened their doors Sept. 27 to some of their most intriguing cultural and heritage sites in the area, in celebration of Culture Days.

Visitors experienced these treasures first hand, including a number of sites commemorating the centennial anniversary of the First World War and Arthur’s designation as “Canada’s Most Patriotic Village.”

Hosted by Wellington North’s Cultural Roundtable, 19 sites throughout the municipality utilized the theme: “Remembering the First World War: Ontario in transition” and showcased the people, places and events that helped shape Ontario before, during and after the Great War.

Culture Days were also celebrated throughout Canada during that weekend.

Celebrating five years and over 5.5 million people’s love affair with culture, communities come together to create, participate and celebrate their love of culture.

Wellington North was recognized on the Culture Days Top Ten Cities 2014, Rural Top Ten listing, along with New Liskeard, Corbeil, Englehart, Elora, Walkerton, Charlton, Roslin, Flesherton, Kamsak, SK; Humboldt, SK; Rosthern, SK; Summerland, BC and Gimli, MB.

Results were calculated by total number of activities registered on and do not include Quebec and Alberta, which run complementary programs.

“Residents and visitors alike enjoyed learning more about our communities culture and heritage, experiencing some locations that are not typically open to the public, and understanding first-hand the area’s contribution to one of the deadliest conflicts in history that paved the way for major political changes,” April Marshall, tourism, marketing and promotion manager for Wellington North commented.

“We are extremely pleased with the outcome of our first Doors Open and Culture Days events and happy to report that we had 589 total visits to our sites with 79 volunteers throughout the community contributing 578 combined hours preparing and presenting sites.”

She added, “All participating sites did such a wonderful job coming together and showcasing Wellington North, we are very proud.”