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 present Doors Open Ottawa, a free annual architectural event that celebrates our community’s built heritage. During the first full weekend in June, over 120 of the city’s historically, culturally, and functionally significant buildings will open their doors for the public’s viewing pleasure, and on May 11, 2015 we will release this year’s exciting lineup!

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 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, join us for the 14th annual Doors Open Ottawa event, and 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.

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

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.

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Check out a third-party app, Legend Viewer, for Doors Open Ottawa information.

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