Search

  • General information
  • BECOME A VOLUNTEER

June 03, 2017 - June 04, 2017

In celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary, pay homage to Ottawa’s history, culture, and stunning architecture during Doors Open Ottawa 2017!

This year, over 150 historically, culturally and functionally significant buildings will open their doors for free for the public’s viewing pleasure. From Carp to Cumberland, over 80,000 visitors are expected to explore some of the city's most interesting places during the event's 16th consecutive year in operation.

Whether you're a resident or visitor to the nation's capital, take advantage of the Doors Open Ottawa Shuttle Bus, operating within walking distance of over 50 participating buildings. Or take the opportunity to enjoy the summer sun and cycle your way around the city on a Doors Open Ottawa bicycle tour. No bike, no problem! Visitors can visit numerous buildings per day by making their way around the downtown core on foot.

Volunteers are key to making Doors Open Ottawa great!

During this 150th anniversary year, enlist family and friends to join you in giving the gift of time. Show off Ottawa's treasured sites and buildings while helping thousands of visitors celebrate this historical and cultural event.

Are you or someone you know ...

  • Passionate about Ottawa's rich architectural and historical heritage?
  • Curious about visiting buildings normally closed to the public?
  • Keen to meet new people and sharing their passion?
  • Interested in being part of Canada's 150th birthday celebrations?

If so, then contact Daniele Hamonic at heritage.volunteering@ottawa.ca for more information.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly

Barry Padolsky Associates Inc. Architects (Mercury Court Building)

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
377 Dalhousie Street, Suite 202
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-241-7198
Year built: 1923
Building type: Commercial
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Originally built in 1923 as Larocque’s Department Store, Mercury Court was renovated and expanded by Barry Padolsky Associates Inc. Architects from 1989 to 1993. It is now home to this architectural firm. Features include the “flying Mercury” weathervane, which adorned the Sun Life Building at Bank and Sparks streets until 1949.

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Beckta Dining & Wine Bar

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
150 Elgin Street, Unit 100
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-238-7063
Year built: 1875
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Beckta is a landmark fine dining restaurant that relocated to the historical Grant House in November 2014. The building has a heritage designation for both the interior and exterior; it was the home and workplace of Dr. James Grant, Canada’s first Surgeon General. The building has also housed the University Club of Ottawa as well as Friday’s Roast Beef House.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available

Billings Estate Artifact Collection Storage

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
172 Guigues Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Explore behind the scenes of the Billings Estate National Historic Site artifact collection, listen to the stories these treasures tell, and learn how the City of Ottawa cares for historical artifacts. Experience pieces from the past first hand by investigating an object and seeing what secrets you can unlock!

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
National Historic Site (Canada)
Guided tours available
Ontario 150

Billings Estate National Historic Site

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
2100 Cabot Street
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-247-4830
Year built: 1827-29
Building type: Attraction, Historic landmark, Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Braddish Billings, the first settler of Gloucester Township, built Ottawa’s oldest wood-frame house, Billings Estate National Historic Site, from 1827-29. Discover the architectural details as you tour this home from basement to attic, and learn about the evolution of the property. Explore the history of Ottawa from Confederation to the present with our new travelling exhibition.

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms

Bridgehead Roastery

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
130 Anderson Street
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-231-5488
Year built: 1920s
Building type: Commercial
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bridgehead restored the beauty and character of this original structure, which was a former carriage stable built in the 1920s, to use as the roastery that supplies fair trade and organic coffee to all 20 of their Ottawa locations. Only the main level is accessible.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms

Britannia Yacht Club

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
2777 Cassels Street (north side of the tennis courts at the end of Cassels Street)
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-828-5167
Year built: 1887
Building type: Commercial
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Established in 1887, the newly renovated clubhouse boasts the beautiful Dragon Lounge where visitors can see a unique bar fashioned out of a dragon sailboat. Visitors will notice a large stone tower that is part of the original structure. Despite additions, the clubhouse still retains its historical appearance. It offers one of the best views of the Ottawa River.

Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Ontario 150

Bytown Museum (The Commissariat)

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1 Canal Lane
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-234-4570
Year built: 1827
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Join a behind-the-scenes tour of Ottawa’s oldest stone building – the Commissariat, in its centennial year – and home to the Bytown Museum. In 2017, the museum will celebrate the Women’s Canadian Historical Society of Ottawa who founded the collection in 1898 and opened the Bytown Historical Museum in 1917. During Doors Open, watch history come to life!

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms

Canadian Conservation Institute

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1030 Innes Road
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-998-3721
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m

Discover the fascinating world of heritage conservation and conservation science! Learn how the Canadian Conservation Institute supports museums, archives and historical sites of Canada in conserving our heritage collections so that they can be accessed by current and future generations.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind National Training Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
4120 Rideau Valley Drive North
Manotick, Ontario
Telephone: 613-692-7777
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind Training Centre has provided professionally trained guide dogs to visually impaired Canadians since 1984 and assistance dogs to individuals with mobility-related disabilities since 2010. This property includes a residence building and a kennel building.

Parking
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

CanmetENERGY, Natural Resources Canada

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1 Haanel Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Experience the exciting research and development taking place at Canada’s most diverse clean-energy science and technology facility. Let the fascinating power of renewable energy fuel your curiosity while you investigate the latest in energy-efficient technologies and cleaner uses of fossil fuels. Visitors must wear close-toed shoes and children require supervision.

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Ontario 150

Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
2940 Old Montreal Road
Cumberland, Ontario
Telephone: 613-833-3059
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Cumberland Heritage Village Museum offers historical and reproduction buildings clustered on picturesque grounds depicting rural life in the 1920s and 1930s. Tour an operational sawmill and blacksmith shop, a one-room school house, a 1927 Imperial Gas garage, a 1904 church and family homes. Explore the history of Ottawa from Confederation to the present with our travelling exhibition.

Parking
Full wheelchair access

Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, The

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
199 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
Architect: Fumihiko Maki
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Designed by Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki, this award-winning building serves a representational role for the Ismaili Imamat, reflecting the wide-ranging humanistic and humanitarian agenda of the Aga Khan Development Network and its associated institutions. Visitors can also see an exhibit on Canada’s role in supporting global development.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Dickinson House

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1127 Mill Street
Manotick, Ontario
Telephone: 613-692-2241
Year built: 1867
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Built in 1867 – the year of Canada’s Confederation – by M.K. Dickinson, founder of the village of Manotick, this 150-year-old house was the residence of the Dickinson, Spratt and Watson families from 1870 to 1972. These families owned and operated the gristmill across the square. Sir John A. Macdonald visited the house during the 1887 general election.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
National Historic Site (Canada)
Guided tours available

Diefenbunker - Canada's Cold War Museum

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
3929 Carp Road
Carp, Ontario
Year built: 1959-61
Building type: Attraction, Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum is a four-storey Cold War bunker built to protect the government from a nuclear attack on Ottawa. Once top-secret, this underground facility is now open year-round. Free tours in French and English by reservation only. Please visit diefenbunker.ca in early May to reserve your space.

Washrooms
National Historic Site (Canada)
Self-guided tours available

Earnscliffe, Official Residence of the British High Commissioner

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
140 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
Year built: 1855-57
Architect: John MacKinnon
Building type: Historic landmark, Private residence
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This National Historic Site is best known as the home of Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A Macdonald. Built of local limestone between 1855 and 1857 by John MacKinnon, this Victorian manor is nestled between the Ottawa River and Sussex Drive. It has been home to successive British High Commissioners to Canada since 1930.

Parking
Washrooms
French services available

Embassy of Algeria (Fleck-Paterson House)

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
500 Wilbrod Street
Ottawa, Ontario
Year built: 1901
Architect: J.R. Booth
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This house was built in 1901 by J.R. Booth for his daughter, Gertrude Fleck. The house remained Mrs. Fleck’s private residence until her death in 1940. It was then purchased by Senator Norman Paterson, who lived in it until his death in 1983. The house was bought by the Algerian Embassy in 2002 and is now used as a chancery.

Parking
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Embassy of the Czech Republic

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
251 Cooper Street
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-562-3875
Year built: 1879
Style: Victorian
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The construction of this building dates back to 1879. Over the years, it has served many purposes. The Liberal Federation acquired it in 1957 as their headquarters. The University Club bought the property in 1970. And, starting in 2000, it became the Czech Embassy. In 2006, portions of the embassy were carefully renovated. Guided tours on the ground floor only.

Guided tours available

Embassy of the Republic of Croatia

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
229 Chapel Street
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-562-7820
Year built: 1875
Architect: Henry Horsey and J. Sheard
Style: Gothic revival
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Known as Toller House, this building was designed by Henry Horsey and J. Sheard in the domestic Gothic revival style. Many dignitaries lived here, including Frederic Toller, Auditor General of the Dominion’s Currency in the 1880s. In 1999, it opened as the Embassy of Croatia following an award-winning restoration. Guided tours on ground level only.

Full wheelchair access
Washrooms

Embassy of the United States

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
490 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-688-5335
Year built: 1999
Architect: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Built in 1999, the contemporary space (designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill) resembles the shape of a ship and showcases diverse American art. In this location in the heart of Ottawa near the ByWard Market, Peacekeeping Monument, Parliament Hill and York Steps, staff of the Embassy work to foster the United States-Canada relationship. Pre-registration required at ca.usembassy.gov.

Parking
Washrooms

Fairfields Heritage House

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
3080 Richmond Road
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-723-7936
Year built: 1800s
Style: Gothic revival
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fairfields Heritage House, a 19th-century Gothic-revival farmhouse, was the first heritage property designated by the former municipality of Nepean. Five generations of the Bell family, who prospered in farming, law and politics, lived in this house. Photography permitted. Guided tours available.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Gloucester Artifact Collection Storage - Leitrim Complex

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
4550 Bank Street (entrance: off Leitrim Road)
Ottawa , Ontario
Telephone: 613-742-5551
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Explore behind the scenes of the Gloucester artifact collection, listen to the stories these treasures tell, and learn how the City of Ottawa cares for historical artifacts. Experience pieces from the past first hand by investigating an object and seeing what secrets you can unlock!

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
French services available

Heritage Building and Ottawa City Hall

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
110 Laurier Avenue West, Elgin Street entrance
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 3-1-1
Architect: R.W. Strickland and Kivas Tully
Style: Victorian
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Designed by R.W. Strickland and Kivas Tully, the Heritage Building features high Victorian design. Formerly a teachers’ college, it became Ottawa City Hall after municipal amalgamation. On Saturday only (10 a.m. to Noon), Mayor Jim Watson will welcome visitors for coffee.

Parking
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Hydro Ottawa, Generating Station No. 2

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
156 Middle Street (Victoria Island)
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-738-6400
Year built: 1891
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Built in 1891, this generating station is believed to be the oldest operating hydroelectric generator in Canada. Learn how hydroelectricity is produced. Guided tours involve stairs and are partially conducted outdoors. Spaces are limited, with the last tour departing at 3:30 p.m. Closed-toe shoes are required. Note: This facility is not accessible.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly

Laurentian Leadership Centre (J.R. Booth Mansion)

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
252 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-569-7511
Year built: 1909
Architect: John W.H. Watts
Style: Queen Anne
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Architect John W.H. Watts designed this three-storey red brick building – a Queen Anne revival mansion built in 1909 for John R. Booth, Ottawa’s wealthiest lumber baron – which boasts hand-carved woodwork, a stencilled ceiling, tapestry wallpaper and original light fixtures. Previously owned by the Laurentian Club, it’s now in its 15th year as the Laurentian Leadership Centre of Trinity Western University.

Parking
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Le Cordon Bleu Paris, Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute (Munross House)

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
453 Laurier Avenue East
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-236-2499
Year built: 1874
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Munross Mansion, a Tudor revival-style house, began construction in 1874 by Scottish lumberman James Mather. The building has been carefully restored to its original grandeur. Now home to two organizations – Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute and Signatures Restaurant – it’s located just steps from the Rideau River and Strathcona Park.

Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Lemieux Island Water Purification Plant

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1 River Street
Ottawa, Ontario
Year built: 1932
Style: Art deco
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Lemieux Island Water Purification Plant opened in 1932 and has maintained its architectural magnificence through 85 years of modernization. From the Queenston limestone exteriors to a gallery made of Hauteville marble, this plant has provided Ottawa with world-class tap water. The last tour departs at 3:15 p.m. daily. French tours are available daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Full wheelchair access

Library of Parliament - Former Bank of Nova Scotia

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
125 Sparks Street
Ottawa, Ontario
Architect: John Lyle
Building type: Library
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

John Lyle, Canada’s leading beaux arts-style architect, designed this former bank, incorporating Canadian motifs into the carved frieze. Two architectural firms collaborated to complete an innovative renovation in 2001. Access will be limited to certain areas, and guides will be available to answer questions. Photography allowed.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly

Mayfair Theatre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1074 Bank Street
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-730-6552
Year built: 1920s
Building type: Theatre
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Built during the Great Depression, the Mayfair Theatre is one of Canada’s oldest surviving independent movie houses and one of the few surviving examples of an “atmospheric cinema.” In 2008, it was declared a heritage building by the City of Ottawa for its unique architectural and cultural value to the nation’s capital.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Ontario 150

National Research Council Canada (NRC), Temple of Science

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
100 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-993-9101
Year built: 1932
Architect: Henry Sproatt
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors can take in both the architecture and special science and technology exhibits on display at this heritage building. The construction and care lavished on the fittings of sculptured bronze and Italian travertine marble demonstrate that the building was not only intended to be a laboratory facility, but also a work of art.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available
Ontario 150

Nepean Museum

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
16 Rowley Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-723-7936
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Nepean Museum, which is located in the original Nepean Library building, celebrates the history of the local community. Discover the history of landmark buildings in Nepean and explore the history of Ottawa from Confederation to the present with a travelling exhibition. Participate in guided tours of the collection and enjoy an opportunity to handle historical objects.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Kid-friendly

Ottawa Fire Services Station 47

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
3559 Greenbank Road
Ottawa, Ontario
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ottawa Fire Services welcomes the public to tour their community’s fire station. Fire prevention officers and firefighters will be emphasizing public education and fire safety. Visitors will also be offered fire truck tours and a meet-and-greet with firefighters. Minimal parking available on site.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
French services available
Kid-friendly

Ottawa Paramedic Service Headquarters

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
2495 Don Reid Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-580-4771
Year built: 2005
Building type: Green building
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Opened in 2005, the 100,000-square-foot (9,290-square-metre) Ottawa Paramedic Service Headquarters is a state-of-the-art facility that houses all paramedic operations (except for medical dispatching), a vehicle depot and administrative area. The building is the first in Ottawa to be LEED certified.

Parking
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
Ontario 150

Pinhey's Point Historic Site

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
270 Pinhey's Point Road
Dunrobin, Ontario
Telephone: 613-832-4347
Year built: 1820-49
Style: Georgian
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pinhey’s Point Historic Site stands as a testament to upper- and middle-class rural life in the 19th century. Built in four stages from 1820 to 1849, this Georgian-style house maintains many of its original features, including the imposing entrance and staircase, servants’ quarters and 1860s wallpaper. Explore the history of Ottawa from Confederation to the present with our travelling exhibition.

Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
French services available
National Historic Site (Canada)
Guided tours available
Ontario 150

Rideau Hall (Official Residence of the Governor General of Canada)

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
1 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
Architect: Thomas McKay
Landscape type: Garden
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Rideau Hall, a National Historic Site, has been the official residence of the Governor General since 1867. It has been a stage for Canadian history for nearly 200 years. Visit the staterooms and learn about the history and role of the Governor General. This year, Rideau Hall’s gardens and greenhouses will also be open to the public!

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Rogers tv and tv Rogers

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
475 Richmond Road
Ottawa , Ontario
Telephone: 613-728-2222
Building type: Commercial
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Rogers tv and tv Rogers invite you to stop by during Doors Open Ottawa to visit and tour their studios and discover the fascinating world of television, volunteer programming, program proposals, etc. This is an event not to be missed!

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Royal Canadian Mint

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
320 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 800-276-7714
Year built: 1908
Building type: Attraction, Commercial
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Headquartered in the historical building where it was founded in 1908, this facility produces hand-crafted commemorative coins, gold and silver bullion, medals and medallions. A tour of the operations explains the different coin manufacturing technologies. For an unforgettable souvenir, hold a 24-karat bar of pure gold worth over $700,000! Note: By guided tour only.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Shaw Centre

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
55 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
Year built: 2011
Architect: Ritchard Brisbin of BBB Architects Ottawa Inc.
Building type: Commercial, Green building
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Shaw Centre is an architectural icon in the heart of downtown Ottawa. With 17,800 square metres (192,000 square feet) of state-of-the-art meeting space, it is ideal for conventions, meetings, trade and consumer shows, galas, receptions, banquets and entertainment.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly

Sir John A. Macdonald Building (former Bank of Montreal)

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
144 Wellington Street
Ottawa , Ontario
Telephone: 613-992-4793
Year built: 1930s
Architect: Ernest Barott
Style: Beaux arts
Building type: Green building
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

One of Canada’s premiere examples of modern classicism, this former bank has undergone an award-winning heritage restoration and construction of an annex. It was rehabilitated with environmental sustainability in mind. It is now part of the Parliamentary Precinct. There is limited access within the building, and security scanning is required (see restrictions).

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Suntech Greenhouses Ltd.

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
5541 Doyle Road
Manotick, Ontario
Telephone: 613-692-3388
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In its one-hectare (four-acre) greenhouse, Suntech hydroponically grows green beans, mini-cucumbers, eggplant, sweet snacking peppers, bell peppers and five varieties of tomatoes. Come and see the beauty of plants in full production. Their tour will show you how they grow high-quality vegetables. Don’t miss the tasting tables! Bring family and friends!

Parking
Full wheelchair access

Supreme Court of Canada, The

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
301 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario
Year built: 1939
Architect: Ernest Cormier
Style: Art deco
Building type: Courthouse
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Court’s distinguished presence is emphasized by its massive, commanding Grand Entrance Hall. Architect Ernest Cormier’s art deco design enhances the natural beauty of the exquisite woods and marble interior. After delays due to the Second World War, the Court took possession of the building in 1946. The Grand Entrance Hall and courtroom will be open. Some photography restrictions.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
French services available
Kid-friendly

Vanier Museopark

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
300 Pères-Blancs Avenue
Vanier, Ontario
Telephone: 613-580-2424, ext. 32001
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Vanier Museopark is located on property that was once called Richelieu Park and belonged to the Society of Missionaries of Africa. The society built an important seminary on the site in 1938 and over the years tapped the nearby sugar bush. A new sugar shack was built in 1998.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Ontario 150

Watson's Mill

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
5525 Dickinson Street
Manotick, Ontario
Telephone: 613-692-6455
Year built: 1860s
Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Watson’s Mill is a unique 1860s grist and flour mill located on the Rideau River in Manotick. Operating with most of its original systems and equipment, the mill still produces flour. Come and explore the history of Ottawa’s only industrial heritage site. On June 4, celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday during the mill's Gathering in the Square festivities.

Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available

Wellington Building

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
180 Wellington Street (enter at 197 Sparks Street)
Ottawa , Ontario
Year built: 1927
Style: Beaux arts
Building type: Green building
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Built in 1927 as the headquarters of Metropolitan Life Insurance, this beaux arts building was restored in 2016, and is used by the House of Commons. Highlights include the atrium’s green wall, a restored mosaic by muralist Barry Faulkner, a committee room and a Library of Parliament Branch. Security scanning is required. See more information about planning your visit here.