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 event that celebrates our community’s built heritage. On June 7 and 8, 2014, over 120 of the city’s historically, culturally, and functionally significant buildings opened their doors 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 during Ottawa’s largest architectural event, including Earnscliffe: Official Residence of the British High Commissioner, the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind National Training Centre, 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 Ottawa Citizen - Doors Open Ottawa Shuttle Bus operating within walking distance of nearly 50 participating buildings, or take the Doors Open Ottawa Cycling Tour (fees apply) offered by Ottawa Cycling Tours…a tour not to be missed!

Join us for the 14th annual Doors Open Ottawa event June 6 and 7, 2015, 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

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

Building Representatives
To submit an application for the 2015 event, please visit Building owners and managers - FAQ, and click on the online Doors Open Ottawa Building Participation Application form. The deadline is February 27, 2015.

If volunteers are required, please be sure to fill out the Doors Open Volunteer Request Application.

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Public Showcase