Brampton’s history and culture gets the spotlight as Digital Doors Open

Brampton is full of heritage, history and culture, and everyone is invited to experience our city’s neighbourhoods like never before during the first-ever Digital Doors Open. The now monthlong event offers residents and visitors the opportunity to discover the story behind every door online at sopen until Oct. 31.

More than 20 places in Brampton are available to explore online through tours, videos, images, facts and more. New this year, participants can join a virtual heritage tour of downtown Brampton and a talk with artist Ron Baird, who has public art installations in Mount Pleasant Village, throughout Brampton and beyond.

“I’m proud to be a part of Digital Doors Open,” said Baird. “I created four one-of-a-kind sculptures for Brampton’s Mount Pleasant Village: the Ghost Train and Time, Tracks and Trestle Bridge. They are a tribute to the Canadian Pacific Railway, which had a station in the village that has now been converted into Mount Pleasant Community Centre.” Built in 1852, Historic Bovaird House is an exceptional example of a mid-19th-century Ontario farmhouse, built in the Georgian style.

Volunteers have endeavored to restore the house to its original appearance. Authentic artifacts and period craftsmanship demonstrate the history of this house, which contains five fireplaces, original plank flooring and hand-blown windowpanes imported from England. Great Lakes Mosque was built in 2002.

This space reflects Brampton’s growing Muslim-Canadian community, providing Muslims with a place of worship, prayer, reflection, learning, counselling and charitable care. It is also a place where people from all faiths (or no faith) can learn about Islam in an open and peaceful forum. As part of Digital Doors Open, Zahir Bacchus of Jamiat Ul Ansar will speak about this beautiful, all-inclusive and important place of worship and messages and activities offered there. Mount Pleasant Village may be a newer community, having been built in 2010, but it is full of culture and historical significance.

The Mount Pleasant Community Centre is in a restored historical Canadian Pacific Railway station that has been converted into a cultural facility in the Mount Pleasant Village Square. Located in Mount Pleasant Village Bovaird House, one of several sites featured in Digital Doors Open ‐ Brampton, until Oct. 31.

(Submitted Photo) Square are one-of a-kind sculptures created for the City of Brampton by internationally renowned artist Ron Baird. As part of Digital Doors Open, Baird talks about his installations in Mount Pleasant Village: The Ghost Train and three unique metal structures: Time, Tracks and Trestle Bridge..

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