Doors Open Ottawa invites you to visit places of interest in Ottawa, many of which are not normally open to the public. See architecturally significant, historic buildings, interesting community spaces, sites of scientific and technological interest, embassies, gardens, centres of religion, and more. The annual, free event happens Saturday, Jun. 2 and Sunday, Jun. 3, with more than 140 sites taking part this year.
A few examples:
- The Maplelawn Historic Garden, with 125 species of plants, and the adjacent Thomson Hall
- The Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre, and the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
- The allsaints multipurpose event space, established in an historic church building
- The architecturally and socially significant Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health
- The historic Britannia Yacht Club, the Ottawa New Edinburgh Club, both on the Ottawa River, or the Ottawa Tennis and Lawnbowling Clubhouse on the Rideau River
- The Bytown Museum, Ottawa’s oldest stone building
- The Global Centre for Pluralism on Sussex Drive
- Vanier Museopark, in Richelieu Park
- Flora Hall craft brewery, or the Mill Street Brewery on the Ottawa River
- Enriched Bread Artists studios, and the Standard Bread Company/Gladstone Clayworks Co-op Pottery Studio on Gladstone
- University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine and research site
- The Ottawa Mission
- The Ottawa Paramedic Service Headquarters, a LEED-certified building
- The Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation’s Maplesoft Centre
- The hydroelectric generating station at Chaudière Falls.
There’s a free shuttle bus between 50 of the buildings; some (downtown) are walking distance apart.
See the full list of participating sites, an interactive map, and a downloadable mobile app on the City of Ottawa’s Doors Open Ottawa website.