Doors Open

<p><em>Algonquin College DARE District, 1385 Woodroffe Avenue | Courtesy of the City of Ottawa</em></p>

June 6 and 7, 2020  |  CANCELLED

NOTICE: In keeping with the Ottawa Public Health COVID-19 guidelines, the City of Ottawa has announced the cancellation of this year's DOORS OPEN OTTAWA event.

We're looking forward to June 5 & 6, 2021!

Heritage Ottawa has been a strong supporter of Doors Open since its inception in 2002. An event designed to celebrate the city's built heritage by opening up buildings for public viewing was a perfect fit for Heritage Ottawa. Many of our members and directors were active participants in bringing the event to the city. Today, members of our board of directors continue to contribute as active members of the Doors Open Ottawa Advisory Council.

Doors Open is held annually on the first weekend in June, and is a once-a-year opportunity to tour some of Ottawa’s most fascinating and unusual places.

Come and explore 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. Check this page in spring for the Doors Open 2020 schedule.  Details of Doors Open 2019 follow.

Doors Open 2019 featured over 130 of Ottawa's most extraordinary buildings, from Carp to Cumberland and everywhere in between.

Visit Doors Open Ottawa online for info about the 2019 event, including pre-registration information, links to participating buildings in 2019, an Interactive Map, and the FREE Ottawa Citizen-Doors Open Ottawa Shuttle Bus.

The DOORS OPEN OTTAWA 2019 GUIDE is still available! CLICK HERE for a PDF version.

Print copies of the 2019 GUIDE will be available at participating Bridgehead coffeeshops and at Ottawa City Hall starting May 20.

You can also download the Free Mobile App for Android and iPhone, which includes descriptions, photos and locations of last year's participating buidings.

Volunteers are Key!

Volunteers are key to making Doors Open Ottawa 2020 great!

Interested candidates who enjoy working with the public are needed for greeting and welcoming visitors, handing out event material, tracking the number of visitors arriving on site, assisting with parking, managing lineups, and encouraging visitors to complete visitor surveys.

Volunteer information sessions | 2020

Stay tuned for news about the dates and times scheduled for this May.

Potential volunteers are invited to apply online or to contact Amy Kudrinko at for more information.