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Doors Open Ottawa gets set to celebrate its 20th anniversary

January 21, 2022
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A photo of the Embassy of Algeria (brown stone building with one turret). A black and gold fence has a temporary sign promoting Doors Open Ottawa.
Embassy of Algeria, Fleck-Patterson House, a participant in 2019 (in-person) and 2021 (virtual).

Save the date! Doors Open Ottawa will be back in a new hybrid format to celebrate its twentieth anniversary!

Doors Open Ottawa is a free annual event which celebrates Ottawa’s built heritage and fosters community pride. Over the past two decades, residents have had the opportunity to visit sites and buildings that are not regularly open to the public. This includes numerous embassies and functional buildings like the Lemieux Water Purification Plant and Cascades Recovery+.

This year’s Doors Open weekend on June 4 and 5 is scheduled to happen in a virtual/in-person hybrid format. 

Building applications now open!

Are you a building owner who’s interested in participating in this year’s event? Applications are now open until Friday, February 18. You can choose between participating virtually, in-person, or a mix of the two, giving residents the option to choose how they’d like to visit your building.

If you’re interested in applying or learning more, visit

Show your support for Doors Open Ottawa

Doors Open Ottawa has been nominated for Faces Magazine’s 2022 Ottawa Awards under the Favourite Spring Attractions Category! Residents interested in submitting their votes for the 2022 awards can do so by visiting Voting is open until Monday, January 31.

To learn more about Doors Open Ottawa, visit

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