Doors Open

Algonquin College DARE District, 1385 Woodroffe Avenue | Courtesy of the City of Ottawa

June 6 and 7, 2020  |  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. Check this page in spring for the Doors Open 2020 schedule.  Details of Doors Open 2019 follow.


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

Some buildings will require pre-registration. Visit Doors Open Ottawa online for updates about the 2019 event as they become available, 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 now 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 2019 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 | 2019

May 13, 2019 at 6 pm - Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Room 1A

May 14, 2019 at 6 pm - Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, 2nd Floor, Councillor's Lounge


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