Doors Open Ontario

Doors Open Ontario had another successful season! Nearly 500,000 people visited sites in communities across the province. Thanks to our sponsors, partners and volunteers for their support, and to all who participated. Stay tuned for information about next season …

Ottawa

Event information

Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The City of Ottawa is proud to present Doors Open Ottawa – a free, annual architectural event that celebrates our community’s built heritage. It is the second-largest Doors Open event in Canada, and one of the largest in the world!

Since its inception in 2002, over a million visitors have discovered some of the city’s most prestigious buildings – and you’re invited to explore them first hand! Discover the history, culture and stunning architecture of more than 130 buildings – such as the Supreme Court of Canada, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Embassy of Hungary and Beechwood Cemetery – as they open their doors to share the secrets that lie within.

Whether you're a resident or visitor to the nation's capital, we also invite you to take advantage of the free Doors Open Ottawa Shuttle Bus, operating within walking distance of over 50 participating sites. If you prefer to walk, no problem. With so many choices within the downtown core, visitors can explore numerous buildings each day on foot.

Join us to pay homage to Ottawa’s unique landscape and architecture during Doors Open Ottawa 2019! 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.

Visit our website on April 29 to access the full building list and additional event information.

If you need accessibility accommodation to visit these sites, please contact us at doorsopen@ottawa.ca.

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Community information

Ottawa is Canada’s capital, a dynamic showcase city of more than one million people. Located in Ontario at the Quebec border, it’s a place where you’ll hear English and French spoken in the streets, where you can discover Canada’s proud heritage at impressive national sites and famous landmarks, including the Rideau Canal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). It’s a city steeped in culture, with world-class museums and galleries displaying stunning national collections and special exhibitions from Canada and around the world.

This city is a uniquely beautiful place: an urban centre on the edge of nature where you can enjoy the great outdoors – just outside your hotel room, and nearby in the surrounding countryside. There’s an easy cosmopolitan vibe here, and Ottawa is known for being both welcoming and walkable. Explore the distinctive local neighbourhoods – including the historical ByWard Market. By day, this area boasts a bustling farmers’ market and chic shops; by night, it hums with activity at the restaurants, pubs and nightclubs.

This is also a city that enjoys the finer things in life, with a culinary community that’s earning wide acclaim, unique boutiques and shopping districts, a lively local music and arts scene, and always exciting nightlife.

For more information, visit the Ottawa Tourism website.

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Become a volunteer

Volunteers are key to making Doors Open Ottawa great! Please help building participants open their doors on June 1 and 2, 2019.

We are always recruiting volunteers 14 years of age and older who enjoy working with the public. Interested candidates may apply for greeting and welcoming visitors, handing out event material, tracking the number of visitors arriving at each site, assisting with parking, managing lineups, and encouraging visitors to complete online visitor surveys.

New volunteer information sessions:

  • May 13 at 6 p.m. – Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Room 1A
  • May 14 at 6 p.m. – Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, 2nd floor, Councillors’ Lounge

For more information, contact Amy Kudrinko at heritagevolunteers@ottawa.ca.

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Contact info

Telephone: 613-580-9674
Email: doorsopen@ottawa.ca
Website: http://ottawa.ca/doorsopen

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53 sites found

Algonquin College's DARE District Doors Open Ottawa

Algonquin College's DARE District

A place for discovery, applied research and entrepreneurship, Algonquin College's DARE District allows visitors to experience virtual reality demos, 3D printed artifacts and more. This new, uniquely designed centre is also home to a new Indigenous Learning Commons, an Outdoor Gathering Circle, and an Institute for Indigenization.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Building C
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-727-4723
www.algonquincollege.com/dare

Architecture

Year built: 2018
Architect: Diamond Schmitt Architects
Building type: Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Sunday June 2, 2019
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Barber - Carving & Sculpture Inc. Doors Open Ottawa

Barber - Carving & Sculpture Inc.

Visit the 74-square-metre (800-square-foot) sculpting studio used for drawing, clay modelling and plaster casting. The casts are used as reference pieces by sculptors who then work in stone. The studio is equipped with carving stations for employees and students enrolled in carving classes. Most commissions are for larger projects, such as the restoration of West Block on Parliament Hill.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

1520 Triole Street
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-406-4109
www.smithandbarber.com

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Barry Padolsky Associates Inc. Architects, Mercury Court Doors Open Ottawa

Barry Padolsky Associates Inc. Architects, Mercury Court

Built in 1923 as Larocque’s Department Store, the Mercury Court building 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.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

377 Dalhousie Street, Suite 202
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-241-7198
http://padolsky-architects.com

Architecture

Year built: 1923
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Beckta Dining & Wine Bar Doors Open Ottawa

Beckta Dining & Wine Bar

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 exterior and interior; 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.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

150 Elgin Street, Unit 100
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-238-7063
www.beckta.com

Architecture

Year built: 1875
Architectural style: Second Empire
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Billings Estate Artefact Collection Storage Doors Open Ottawa

Billings Estate Artefact Collection Storage

Explore behind the scenes of the Billings Estate National Historic Site artifact collection, listen to the stories that 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!

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

172 Guigues Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-742-5551
http://ottawa.ca/museums

Architecture

Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Billings Estate National Historic Site Doors Open Ottawa

Billings Estate National Historic Site

Braddish Billings, the first permanent settler of Gloucester Township, built Ottawa’s oldest wood-frame house (then named Park Hill). See its architectural features as you tour the home from basement to attic and learn about the evolution of the property. Explore the history of water from the Champlain Sea to 19th-century mineral spring spas and beyond with a new special exhibition.

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  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

2100 Cabot Street
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-580-2088
https://ottawa.ca/billingsestate

Architecture

Year built: 1827-29
Building type: Cemetery, Historical landmark, Historical house, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bridgehead Roastery Doors Open Ottawa

Bridgehead Roastery

Bridgehead Roastery restored the beauty and character of this original structure, which was a 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. Normal roastery hours of operation: Monday to Sunday from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

130 Anderson Street
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-231-5488
www.bridgehead.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1920s
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2 – Sunday June 3, 2018
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Britannia Yacht Club Doors Open Ottawa

Britannia Yacht Club

Established in 1887, this newly renovated clubhouse boasts the beautiful Dragon Lounge where visitors can see a unique bar fashioned out of a dragon sailboat. Despite additions, the clubhouse retains its historical appearance, and offers one of the best views of the Ottawa River. The clubhouse is also available to host private weddings and events.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

2777 Cassels Street (north side of the tennis courts at the end of Cassels Street)
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-276-2409
https://byc.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1887
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Sunday June 2, 2019
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

BYTOWN MUSEUM: Commissariat Building Doors Open Ottawa

BYTOWN MUSEUM: Commissariat Building

Discover the secrets hidden within Ottawa’s oldest stone building – the Commissariat: home of the BYTOWN MUSEUM – in this special behind-the-scenes tour! Learn about this spectacular heritage building from the foundation to the rafters – including the vault, and stories of its former uses and inhabitants. This building still has much to tell 192 years later.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • French services available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

1 Canal Lane
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-234-4570, ext. 221
https://bytownmuseum.com

Architecture

Year built: 1827
Building type: Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Canada Council Art Bank Doors Open Ottawa

Canada Council Art Bank

This site is home to over 17,000 contemporary Canadian artworks. It offers Canadians unique public access to original art through its three programs – rental, museum loans and outreach projects. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour with experts and view a thematic display of artworks related to the creative work we do at home, and the creative ways that artists reimagine the home.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

921 St. Laurent Blvd.
Ottawa, Ontario
http://artbank.ca

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Canadian Conservation Institute Doors Open Ottawa

Canadian Conservation Institute

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.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

1030 Innes Road
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-998-3721
www.canada.ca/en/conservation-institute.html

Architecture

Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind National Training Centre Doors Open Ottawa

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind National Training Centre

The Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind National Training Centre opened in Manotick in 1988. The property includes a residence, where individuals who are blind or visually impaired live for a 25-day training course to bond and train with their guide dog. There is also a kennel, where 20 to 30 dogs reside while undergoing formal training.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

4120 Rideau Valley Drive North
Manotick, Ontario
Telephone: 613-692-7777
www.guidedogs.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1988
Building type: Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Canadian Space Services Ltd. Doors Open Ottawa

Canadian Space Services Ltd.

In 1960, NATO and the Canadian Department of National Defence built this satellite communications (SATCOM) station with a huge metal space frame radar dome on its roof. The dome protects the SATCOM antenna, which provided satellite communications between NATO countries until 1999. It is now headquarters for the Canadian Space Services Ltd., CSS Wind Inc. and Rocky Mountain Equipment Ltd.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

2336 Craig Side Road
Carp, Ontario
www.canspace.com

Architecture

Year built: 1960
Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Sunday June 2, 2019
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Canmet Bells Corners Research Complex Doors Open Ottawa

Canmet Bells Corners Research Complex

Come and peek into pilot-scale facilities that are priming the Canadian market for a green future based on clean fossil fuels, bioenergy, green mining and renewables – which are improving oil sands extraction, steelmaking, transportation fuels, mineral extraction, building efficiencies and more! Closed-toe shoes required. Access will be restricted. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Photography, video and smoking prohibited.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

1 Haanel Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/offices-labs/canmet/5715

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Congregation Machzikei Hadas Doors Open Ottawa

Congregation Machzikei Hadas

In 1907, this congregation first began offering services in a Murray Street apartment. By 1973, it had permanently relocated to the Alta Vista area. In July 2019, this synagogue – the first in Commonwealth history to be granted a coat of arms – will celebrate 100 years since its incorporation. Pre-registration required. Photo ID required at the door.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

2310 Virginia Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-521-9700
www.cmhottawa.com

Architecture

Year built: 1973
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Sunday June 2, 2019
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cumberland Heritage Village Museum Doors Open Ottawa

Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

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 schoolhouse, a 1927 Imperial Gas garage, a 1904 church and family homes. Stop by Taylor Barn and experience the new permanent exhibition, Dairy in the Interwar Period.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

2940 Old Montreal Road
Cumberland, Ontario
Telephone: 613-580-2988
https://ottawa.ca/cumberlandmuseum

Architecture

Year built: 1920s and 1930s
Building type: Attraction, Educational facility, Historical house, Museum, Place of worship, Schoolhouse
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, The Doors Open Ottawa

Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, The

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.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

199 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
www.akfc.ca

Architecture

Architect: Fumihiko Maki

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dickinson House Doors Open Ottawa

Dickinson House

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, from 1870 to 1972, of the Dickinson, Spratt and Watson families, owners/operators of the grist mill across the square. The house was visited by Sir John A. Macdonald during the 1887 general election.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

1127 Mill Street
Manotick, Ontario
Telephone: 613-692-2241
www.rideautownshiphistory.org/dickinsonhouse

Architecture

Year built: 1867
Architect: M.K. Dickinson
Building type: Historical house, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum Doors Open Ottawa

Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum

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 30-minute tours in French and English by reservation only. Please visit diefenbunker.ca in early May to reserve your space.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

3929 Carp Road
Carp, Ontario
Telephone: 613-839-0007
http://diefenbunker.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1959-61
Building type: Attraction, Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Earnscliffe, Official Residence of the British High Commissioner Doors Open Ottawa

Earnscliffe, Official Residence of the British High Commissioner

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.

Tell us your story about this site

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

Contact info

140 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
www.gov.uk/world/organisations/british-high-commission-ottawa

Architecture

Year built: 1855-57
Architect: John MacKinnon
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Historical landmark, Historical house, Private residence
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Embassy of Algeria (Fleck-Paterson House) Doors Open Ottawa

Embassy of Algeria (Fleck-Paterson House)

This house was built in 1901 by J.R. Booth for his daughter, Gertrude Fleck. The house remained her 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.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • French services available

Contact info

500 Wilbrod Street
Ottawa, Ontario
www.ambalgott.com

Architecture

Year built: 1901
Architect: John W.H. Watts
Architectural style: Queen Anne revival
Building type: Historical house, Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Embassy of the Czech Republic Doors Open Ottawa

Embassy of the Czech Republic

The construction of this building dates back to 1879 and is typical of late-Victorian vernacular architecture in North America. In 1957, it became the headquarters for the Liberal Federation. The University Club bought it in 1970. Starting in 2000, it became the Czech Embassy. In 2006, portions of the embassy were carefully renovated. Guided tours on the ground floor only.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

251 Cooper Street
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-562-3875
www.mzv.cz/ottawa

Architecture

Year built: 1879
Architectural style: Victorian
Building type: Historical house

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Embassy of the Republic of Croatia Doors Open Ottawa

Embassy of the Republic of Croatia

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 will be offered for the ground level only.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

229 Chapel Street
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-562-7820
http://ca.mvep.hr/en

Architecture

Year built: 1875
Architect: Henry Horsey and J. Sheard
Architectural style: Gothic revival

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fairfields Heritage House Doors Open Ottawa

Fairfields Heritage House

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 lived in this home, and it was from here that they became successful in their farming, law and political endeavours. Photography is permitted. Guided tours will be available.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

3080 Richmond Road
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-726-2652
https://ottawa.ca/fairfields

Architecture

Year built: 1800s
Architectural style: Gothic revival
Building type: Historical house, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

French Embassy in Canada Doors Open Ottawa

French Embassy in Canada

This art deco building features a replica of the Vimy Memorial, tapestries, bronze decorations, a mural and wall engravings. For the first time, the Salon de l’honorable George W. Vari (formerly the Birch Bark Room) will be open to the public. No strollers, backpacks or metal objects. Photography limited. Pre-registration is required (May 23 to June 1). Limited passes available.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • French services available
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

42 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
https://ca.ambafrance.org

Architecture

Year built: 1930s
Architectural style: Art deco
Building type: Private residence

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday only: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed from Noon to 1 p.m.; last admission at 5 p.m.)

Gloucester Artefact Collection Storage - Leitrim Complex Doors Open Ottawa

Gloucester Artefact Collection Storage - Leitrim Complex

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!

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

4550 Bank Street (entrance off Leitrim Road)
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-742-5551
https://ottawa.ca/museums

Architecture

Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Heritage Building and Ottawa City Hall Doors Open Ottawa

Heritage Building and Ottawa City Hall

Designed by R.W. Strickland and Kivas Tully, the Heritage Building features high Victorian design. Formerly the teachers’ college, it became Ottawa City Hall after municipal amalgamation. On Saturday only, enjoy coffee in the Mayor’s Office from 10 a.m. to noon.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • French services available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

110 Laurier Avenue West (Elgin Street entrance)
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 311
https://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall

Architecture

Architect: R.W. Strickland and Kivas Tully
Architectural style: Victorian

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel Doors Open Ottawa

HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel

Located in the former Carleton County Gaol, the HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel is steeped in history. Opened as a hostel in 1973, this building has become an international hub for backpackers and travellers to the nation’s capital for 45 years.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

75 Nicholas Street
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-235-2595
www.hihostels.ca/Ontario/1166/HI-Ottawa-Jail.hostel

Architecture

Year built: 1862
Building type: Commercial, Courthouse

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Laurentian Leadership Centre/J.R. Booth Mansion Doors Open Ottawa

Laurentian Leadership Centre/J.R. Booth Mansion

This Queen Anne revival mansion was built in 1909 for John R. Booth, Ottawa’s wealthiest lumber baron. Architect John W.H. Watts designed this three-storey red brick building with interior hand-carved woodwork, stenciled ceiling, tapestry wallpaper and decorative light fixtures. Previously owned by the Laurentian Club, it is now the Laurentian Leadership Centre of Trinity Western University.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

252 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-569-7511
www.twu.ca/academics/laurentian-leadership-centre

Architecture

Year built: 1909
Architect: John W.H. Watts
Architectural style: Queen Anne

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Laurier House National Historic Site Doors Open Ottawa

Laurier House National Historic Site

Laurier House commemorates two of Canada’s most notable prime ministers – Sir Wilfrid Laurier and the Right Honourable William Lyon Mackenzie King. For over 50 years, from 1897 to 1948, the house occupied a central position in Canada’s political life as the residence of Laurier and, after his death, of Mackenzie King.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • French services available
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

335 Laurier Avenue East
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-992-8142
www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/on/laurier/index.aspx

Architecture

Year built: 1879
Architectural style: Second Empire
Building type: Historical landmark, Historical house

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lemieux Island Water Purification Plant Doors Open Ottawa

Lemieux Island Water Purification Plant

The Lemieux Island Water Purification Plant opened in 1932 and has maintained its architectural magnificence through 87 years of modernization. From the Queenston limestone exteriors to a gallery made of Hauteville marble, this plant is always busy purifying Ottawa’s tap water. Parking is limited.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

1 Onigam Street
Ottawa, Ontario
https://ottawa.ca/fr/residents/eau-et-environnement/eau-potable

Architecture

Year built: 1932
Architectural style: Art deco

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; last tour at 3:15 p.m.; French tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Library of Parliament (former Bank of Nova Scotia) Doors Open Ottawa

Library of Parliament (former Bank of Nova Scotia)

Discover the interim main library inside a former bank – designed in 1924 by John Lyle, one of Canada’s leading beaux-arts architects. In this unique setting, where modernism rubs against a classical esthetic, you will learn about the Library of Parliament’s collections and services as well as have a look inside its new reading room, upgraded in 2018. Photography allowed.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access

Contact info

125 Sparks Street
Ottawa, Ontario
https://lop.parl.ca/sites/PublicWebsite/default/fr_CA?

Architecture

Year built: 1924
Architect: John Lyle
Architectural style: Beaux arts
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Masjid Bilal Doors Open Ottawa

Masjid Bilal

Welcome to Masjid Bilal – a warm and welcoming religious establishment with unique architectural design. Masjid Bilal is a good example of modern Islamic architecture, with a prominent minaret, dome and a stunningly beautiful prayer hall. They offer interactive and friendly guided tours, free snacks and a poster exhibition.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

4509 Innes Road
Ottawa, Ontario
www.masjidbilal.org

Architecture

Year built: 2011
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mill Street Brew Pub Ottawa (Thompson Perkins Building) Doors Open Ottawa

Mill Street Brew Pub Ottawa (Thompson Perkins Building)

The Mill Street Brew Pub Ottawa opened in January 2012 within the historical Thompson-Perkins and Bronson Pulp Mill. Built in 1842, this limestone building is Ottawa’s oldest surviving mill – and part of one of the world’s largest lumbering operations. Today, the restored site offers views of the Capital and the Ottawa River. Enjoy guided tours of the brewery and grounds.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

555 Wellington Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-567-2337
http://millstreetbrewery.com/ottawa-brew-pub

Architecture

Year built: 1842
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

National Arts Centre Doors Open Ottawa

National Arts Centre

The National Arts Centre (NAC) marks its 50th birthday on June 2, 2019! At the NAC, Canada is our stage, but at this anniversary open house, the NAC becomes your stage. Explore backstage, perform on stage and enjoy free events and surprise performances throughout the day. Enjoy the public spaces as well – part of the 2017 architectural rejuvenation.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • French services available
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

1 Elgin Street
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-947-7000, ext. 0
http://nac-cna.ca/en

Architecture

Year built: 1969
Building type: Theatre

Dates/hours open

Sunday June 2, 2019
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

National Research Council Canada, Temple of Science Doors Open Ottawa

National Research Council Canada, Temple of Science

The construction and care lavished on the fittings of sculptured bronze and Italian travertine marble demonstrate that this building was not only intended to be a laboratory facility, but also a work of art. This heritage building will not only offer visitors a chance to explore the architecture, but also a series of special science and technology exhibits.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

100 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-993-9101
www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/centennial

Architecture

Year built: 1932
Architect: Henry Sproatt

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 2, 2018
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Nepean Museum Doors Open Ottawa

Nepean Museum

The Nepean Museum is a space where kids and families can learn and explore together. The exhibition gallery has been completely renovated in 2019 to showcase Nepean’s history. The new exhibition includes new panels, artifacts and hands-on interactives. There is also a window into collections storage so that visitors can have a look behind the scenes.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • French services available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

16 Rowley Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-580-9638
Email: museums@ottawa.ca
https://ottawa.ca/nepeanmuseum

Architecture

Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ottawa Fire Services Station 47 Doors Open Ottawa

Ottawa Fire Services Station 47

Ottawa Fire Services welcomes the public to tour a fire station within the community. Visitors will also be offered fire truck tours and a meet-and-greet with firefighters. Minimal onsite parking is available.

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  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

3559 Greenbank Road
Ottawa, Ontario
http://ottawa.ca/fire

Architecture

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ottawa Paramedic Service Headquarters Doors Open Ottawa

Ottawa Paramedic Service Headquarters

Opened in 2005, the 9,290-square-metre (100,000-square-foot) 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 for the service. This was the first LEED-certified building in Ottawa.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • French services available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

2495 Don Reid Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-580-4771
https://ottawa.ca/en/residents/emergency-services/ottawa-paramedic-service

Architecture

Year built: 2005
Building type: Green building, Health-care facility

Dates/hours open

Sunday June 2, 2019
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ottawa Police Service Professional Development Centre Doors Open Ottawa

Ottawa Police Service Professional Development Centre

The Ottawa Police Professional Development Centre exists within the Algonquin College Police and Public Safety Institute. Police training goes on all year long – including academic courses, defensive tactics/scenarios and firearms training. New recruits, experienced officers and civilian members all enjoy training at this facility.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Building P
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-236-1222

Architecture

Building type: Educational facility

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pinhey's Point Historic Site Doors Open Ottawa

Pinhey's Point Historic Site

This site stands as a testament to upper- and middle-class 19th-century rural life. Built in four stages from 1820 to 1849, the Georgian-style house maintains many of its original features, including the imposing entrance and staircase, servants’ quarters and 1860s wallpaper. Explore the history of rural water, from dowsing to boring wells, in the new temporary exhibit: Water.

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  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

Contact info

270 Pinhey's Point Road
Dunrobin, Ontario
Telephone: 613-832-4347 (May to August)
https://ottawa.ca/pinheyspoint

Architecture

Year built: 1820-49
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Historical landmark, Historical house, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Rideau Hall (Official Residence of the Governor General of Canada) Doors Open Ottawa

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

Rideau Hall, with its buildings and beautiful grounds, is a national historic site. It has been the official residence of the Governor General since 1867. It has also been a stage for Canadian history for nearly 200 years. Visit the staterooms and learn about the history and role of the Governor General of Canada.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • French services available
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

1 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
www.gg.ca

Architecture

Architect: Thomas McKay
Building type: Historical landmark
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Rogers tv Doors Open Ottawa

Rogers tv

Rogers tv and tv Rogers invite you to stop by on Saturday during Doors Open Ottawa. Come and visit the studios and learn more about the fascinating world of television, volunteer programming, program proposals, etc. This is an event not to be missed!

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available
  • Communication

Contact info

475 Richmond Road
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-728-2222
www.rogerstv.com/home?lid=14&rid=4

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Royal Canadian Mint Doors Open Ottawa

Royal Canadian Mint

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! Guided tours offered every 15 minutes on a first-come, first-served basis.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

320 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 800-276-7714
www.mint.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1908
Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, The Doors Open Ottawa

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, The

This brick building was formerly used as a monastery for the Sisters Adorers of the Precious Blood. It was constructed in 1921 – the tall arches, striking stained-glass windows and other key design features reflect this long history.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

774 Echo Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-730-8177
www.royalcollege.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1921
Architect: Alphonse Contant
Architectural style: Classical revival
Building type: Educational facility, Health-care facility

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Suntech Greenhouses Ltd. Doors Open Ottawa

Suntech Greenhouses Ltd.

In its 1.6-hectare (4-acre) greenhouse, Suntech hydroponically grows four varieties of tomatoes, as well as miniature cucumbers. Come and see the beauty of plants in full production. The tour will show you how they grow high-quality vegetables. Don’t miss the tasting tables! Bring your family and friends!

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

5541 Doyle Road
Manotick, Ontario
Telephone: 613-692-3388
www.facebook.com/SunTech-Greenhouses-Ltd-120517407969315

Architecture

Building type: Commercial, Food and drink

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Supreme Court of Canada Doors Open Ottawa

Supreme Court of Canada

This court’s distinguished presence is emphasized by its massive, commanding grand entrance hall. The 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 during Doors Open. Some photography restrictions.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • French services available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

301 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario
www.scc-csc.gc.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1939
Architect: Ernest Cormier
Architectural style: Art deco
Building type: Courthouse

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thomson Hall (The Keg Manor) Doors Open Ottawa

Thomson Hall (The Keg Manor)

Thomson Hall, built by William Thomson, was a private residence until 1989. It has been occupied by The Keg Manor since 1999. To the east of the house, a walled garden dating from 1833 served as a vegetable garden for the families who lived here. It is now open to the public and cared for by the Friends of Maplelawn.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

529 Richmond Road
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-724-1242
www.kegsteakhouse.com/locations/keg-manor/?

Architecture

Year built: 1831-33
Architect: William Thomson
Architectural style: Georgian
Building type: Commercial, Food and drink, Historical house
Landscape: Garden

Dates/hours open

Sunday June 2, 2019
Sunday only: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Trinity Anglican Church Doors Open Ottawa

Trinity Anglican Church

Designed by Ottawa architect L. Fennings Taylor, Trinity Anglican Church has occupied the corner of Cameron Avenue and Bank Street in Old Ottawa South since 1926. Today’s visitors are invited to view its unique stained-glass windows, especially the Great Resurrection Window installed in 1973 behind the altar, and to learn about its exceptional Casavant pipe organ, dedicated in 1963.

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  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

1230 Bank Street
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-733-7536
http://trinityottawa.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1926
Architect: L. Fennings Taylor
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Vanier Museopark Doors Open Ottawa

Vanier Museopark

The Vanier Museopark was named because of its location in Richelieu Park. Richelieu Park belonged to the Society of Missionaries of Africa, who built an important seminary on the site in 1938. They also exploited the nearby sugar bush, which made way for the sugar shack to be built in 1998.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • French services available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

300 Pères-Blancs Avenue, 2nd floor
Vanier, Ontario
Telephone: 613-580-2424, ext. 32001
https://museoparc.ca/en

Architecture

Building type: Museum
Landscape: Park

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Watson's Mill Doors Open Ottawa

Watson's Mill

Watson's Mill is a fully functioning grist and flour mill built in 1860 along the shores of the Rideau River. Come and explore Ottawa's only industrial heritage site and discover how the power of the river was harnessed. Dive deeper into the lives of the people who shaped Manotick, Ottawa and the nation.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

5525 Dickinson Street
Manotick, Ontario
Telephone: 613-692-6455
www.watsonsmill.com

Architecture

Year built: 1860
Building type: Attraction, Commercial, Historical landmark, Museum

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Westboro Masonic Hall Doors Open Ottawa

Westboro Masonic Hall

Built in 1924 and situated in the heart of Westboro, the Westboro Masonic Hall has opened its doors to the public for the past six years. Escorted tours of both the beautiful Victorian banquet hall and the Masonic lodge room will be conducted, with Masons from the various lodges explaining things to visitors.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Guided tours available

Contact info

430 Churchill Avenue North
Ottawa, Ontario
Telephone: 613-722-5184
www.westboromasonichall.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1924

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1, 2019
Saturday only: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.