Doors Open Ottawa – Explore Ottawa’s culture, history, and architecture for free June 4 and 5, 2016!

The City of Ottawa is proud to present Doors Open Ottawa, a free annual event that celebrates our community’s built heritage. Over 80,000 visitors explored 129 of the city’s historically, culturally, and functionally significant buildings this past year, and the 2016 event promises to deliver an equally diverse lineup. During the first full weekend in June, buildings from Carp to Cumberland will open their doors for free, and invite you to discover the secrets that lay within.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2016, Doors Open Ottawa continues to be the second-largest Doors Open architectural event in North America.  Since its inception in 2002, over 850,000 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 Embassy of the United States, the Royal Canadian Mint, and the Connaught Building…just to name a few.

Whether you’re a resident or visitor to the nation’s capital, take advantage of the Doors Open Ottawa Shuttle Bus, operating within walking distance of nearly 50 participating buildings. Or, take the opportunity to enjoy the summer sun and cycle your way around the city. No bike, no problem! Visitors can visit numerous buildings per day by making their way around the downtown core on foot.

On June 4 and 5, 2016 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.


If you are a 2016 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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