Doors Open Ottawa

Doors Open Ottawa

Doors Open Ottawa – Explore Ottawa’s culture, history, and architecture for free June 6 and 7, 2015!

The City of Ottawa is proud to unveil the 2015 Doors Open Ottawa building participant list, featuring 22 new additions and over 120 of the city’s historically, culturally, and functionally significant buildings. The 14th annual architectural event celebrates our community’s built heritage, and the first full weekend in June, buildings from Carp to Cumberland will open their doors for free for the public’s viewing pleasure.

Since its inception in 2002, over 770,000 visitors have discovered some of the city’s most prestigious buildings including Earnscliffe: Official Residence of the British High Commissioner, the Supreme Court of Canada, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Connaught Building...just to name a few.  

Walk, drive, cycle, or ride your way around the city! Ride the free Doors Open Ottawa Shuttle Bus, sponsored by the Ottawa Citizen, operating within walking distance of nearly 50 participating buildings, or take the Doors Open Ottawa Embassy Cycling Tour (fees apply) offered by Ottawa Cycling Tours…a tour not to be missed!

On June 6 and 7, pay homage to Ottawa’s history, culture, and stunning architecture. It’s free, it’s fun, and it’s the perfect way to discover how Canada’s Capital has become the beautiful city it is today. And don't forget... Share your #DoorsOpenOttawa experience on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

For disability-related accommodation required to participate fully in this event, please contact us at or call 3-1-1.

Please note the following changes:

#1. Pre-registration for the U.S. Embassy is now closed. If you are selected for a tour, you will be emailed the exact time of your tour prior to Doors Open on June 6, 2015.  

#2. Pre-registration is required for the Canada Blood Services Processing Plant. For registration details, please contact 613-560-1412 or  

#3. The Embassy of the Republic of Armenia to Canada will be open on Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. only. The Embassy will be closed on Sunday.

#4. Pre-registration for the French Embassy in Canada is now closed. 

#5. Vietnam House will be open on Sunday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. only. The Embassy will be closed on Saturday.

#6. Le Cordon Bleu Paris, Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 6.

#7. First Baptist Church Ottawa will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 7.

#8. CNA House will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 6. It will be closed on Sunday, June 7.

#9. The Avalon Studios will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 7. It will be closed on Saturday, June 6.

#10. Britannia Yacht Club - Ottawa’s signature Tall Ship Black Jack will be participating in Doors Open Ottawa at the Britannia Yacht Club on Sunday June 7th from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Tours will be offered of this sail training tall ship that has a long and eventful history with the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa River.

#11. Please note that the Ottawa Jewish Archives is located within the Soloway Jewish Community Centre. Due to the security system in place, everyone entering the building is required to present valid photo ID at the front entrance. 

Suggest a Building for Doors Open Ottawa 2016

Which building would you like to see participate in Doors Open Ottawa 2016? To recommend a building, please e-mail Provide as much information as possible to assist us in our research. 

Building Representatives
The building application deadline for Doors Open Ottawa 2015 has now passed.

If you are a 2015 Doors Open Ottawa building participant and require volunteers, please complete the Doors Open Volunteer Request Application found on the Building owners and managers - FAQ page.