Doors Open 2023

June 3 - 4, 2023

Doors Open Ottawa -- Hybrid Edition Building Sites

Doors Open Ottawa is excited to be returning to a hybrid format for 2023. 

During this early June event, you can visit more than 100 significant buildings across Ottawa -- including many that normally charge admission or are closed to the public -- for FREE, some in-person and others online.

Explore embassies, breweries, churches, museums and other fascinating places during Doors Open Ottawa—the second-largest event of its kind in Canada and one of the largest in the world! The featured properties are valued for their historical, cultural, functional or architectural significance. In the past, visitors have been able to see a Victorian jail that’s now a hostel, a 1920s garage that’s now a brewery, and the artefact storage facility of a National Historic Site.

The roster of buildings—some of which offer special behind-the-scenes access—changes slightly from year to year. Many sites are within walking distance of downtown hotels, and shuttle buses run between strategic locations.

 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 participants on the Doors Open Ottawa Advisory Council.

Join us in exploring 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.

Stay tuned for the complete list of participating buildings for this year's event.