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Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3, 2018 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 North America, and one of the largest in the world!

Since its inception in 2002, over 1,000,000 visitors have discovered some of the city’s most prestigious buildings, and you’re invited to explore them first hand! On June 2 and 3, discover the history, culture and unique architecture of more than 140 buildings – such as the Supreme Court of Canada, the French Embassy in Canada, the Bank of Canada and the Royal Canadian Mint – 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 buildings. If you prefer to walk, no problem! With so many choices, visitors can explore numerous buildings per day on foot within the downtown core.

Join us and pay homage to Ottawa’s history, culture and stunning architecture during Doors Open Ottawa 2018! 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. And don't forget ... share your #DoorsOpenOttawa experiences on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Community information

With a population of over 1,000,000 people, the nation's capital is Canada's sixth-largest city!

Home to Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal (a.k.a. the world's largest naturally frozen ice rink during winter season), the National Arts Centre and countless museums, historical sites, art galleries, theatres, parks, pubs, clubs and restaurants, Ottawa is a fascinating and exciting cultural hotspot for residents and visitors, alike!

For more information, visit our website.


Become a volunteer

Volunteers are key to making Doors Open Ottawa great! Please help building participants open their doors.

Interested candidates may apply to greet and welcome visitors, hand out event material, track the number of visitors arriving on site, assist with parking, manage visitor queues and encourage visitors to complete visitor surveys.

Contact Daniele Hamonic at for more information.


Contact info

Telephone: 613-580-9674


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