Doors Open

The Global Centre for Pluralism on Sussex Drive. Image via Doors Open 2018 Guide.

June 2 and 3, 2018  |  Mark Your Calendars!

Doors Open, held annually on the first weekend in June, 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.

This year, Doors Open will feature over 140 of Ottawa's most extraordinary buildings, from Carp to Cumberland and everywhere in between.

Some buildings require pre-registration. Visit Doors Open Ottawa online for more information about pre-registration, the link to participating 2018 buildings, the Interactive Map, and the FREE Ottawa Citizen-Doors Open Ottawa Shuttle Bus.

The DOORS OPEN OTTAWA 2018 GUIDE is now available as a PDF.  Start planning your Doors Open weekend today!

Print copies of the GUIDE were distributed to Ottawa Citizen subscribers on May 25 and are now available at participating Bridgehead coffeeshops.

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


Do you enjoy taking pictures?  Submit your best shots to the Doors Open Ottawa Photo Contest for a chance to win 1 of 3 VIA Rail Canada travel passes! Click the contest link for details.


Volunteers are Key!

Volunteers are key to making Doors Open Ottawa 2018 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.

Potential volunteers are invited to apply online or to contact Daniele Hamonic at for more information.