Doors Open Ontario presenting sponsor
Doors Open Ontario presenting sponsor

Ottawa

in-person event information

Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Welcome to the 20th anniversary of Doors Open Ottawa! Visitors are invited to explore nearly 60 of Ottawa’s most beautiful and interesting building sites live and in-person during the first full weekend in June. 

During each visit, we kindly remind guests to adhere to any specific entry requirements that may be posted by our building partners. After a two-year hiatus from hosting a live event, please be patient and enjoy this exciting new phase as we re-open the doors to Ottawa’s built heritage!


The Doors Open Ontario website features some of the participating sites this year. For a full list, visit the City of Ottawa's website.

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Info from the City of Ottawa

The City of Ottawa is thrilled to participate in this year’s hybrid Doors Open Ontario event. Doors Open Ottawa has been showcasing the unique built heritage of the nation’s capital since 2002, and we look forward to opening both live and virtual doors to the Ottawa community – and beyond.

In celebration of our 20th anniversary, the Ottawa Regional Society of Architects and Doors Open Ottawa have joined forces to create a scavenger hunt. To win one of 50 gift cards from local Ottawa area businesses, submit a digital Doors Open Ottawa scavenger hunt entry form between June 3 and 5, 2022. Visit ottawa.ca/doorsopen for full contest details, and to access this year’s full building list – which will be available online from May 30.

We hope you enjoy the opportunity to visit nearly 100 buildings that are historically, functionally, culturally and architecturally significant in nature – from Cumberland to Carp and everywhere in between!

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Contact information

Abbotsford HouseDoors Open Ottawa

Abbotsford House

Built as the private residence for Bytown pioneer Alexander Mutchmor, Abbotsford House became a home for the aged and infirm in 1889. Today, it remains an active leisure and resource centre for adults 55 and over. Three original marble fireplace mantels still adorn the parlour and dining room. During Doors Open, only the main floor will be available for viewing.

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

Contact info

950 Bank Street
Ottawa, Ontario
https://glebecentre.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1872; renovated in 1928 and the 1970s; designated in 1984
Building type: Historical house

Dates/hours open

Jun 05 - Jun 05

AIDS Committee of OttawaDoors Open Ottawa

AIDS Committee of Ottawa

The AIDS Committee of Ottawa has served the community for over 30 years, providing support, prevention, education and outreach services that promote the holistic well-being of those living with, affected by, impacted by and at risk of HIV/AIDS in Ottawa. Overlooking the Rideau Canal, this home offers services such as subsidized gym memberships, food bank, laundry and office support.

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

Contact info

19 Main Street
Ottawa, Ontario
http://aco-cso.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1961

Dates/hours open

Jun 04 - Jun 04

Amberwood Village Golf and Country ClubDoors Open Ottawa

New

Amberwood Village Golf and Country Club

Constructed in the 1970s, the Amberwood Village Golf and Country Club overlooks a challenging nine-hole golf course, reclaimed from marshland and designed by John Watson, one of Canada’s foremost golf course architects. Bordered by mid-century-modern condominiums, its clubhouse has an award-winning restaurant and event venue, an art gallery, members’ rooms, pickleball and tennis courts and an outdoor pool and patio.

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

Contact info

54 Springbrook Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
https://amberwoodvillage.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1979; rebuilt after fires in 2002 and 2007

Architect: W.G. Mohaupt (designer)

Dates/hours open

Jun 05 - Jun 05

Ambico Ltd.Doors Open Ottawa

New

Ambico Ltd.

Founded by Israel Shinder and Emanuel Lightstone, Ambico has grown from a family-run construction business to an industry-leading specialized door company with a worldwide reputation as an innovator and leader. This facility produces bullet- and blast-resistant doors, stainless steel doors and lead-lined doors. During Door Open, visitors will see demonstrations of the machinery used to create these specialty products.

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

Contact info

1120 Cummings Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
https://www.ambico.com

Architecture

Building type: Commercial

Dates/hours open

Jun 04 - Jun 04

Arts CourtDoors Open Ottawa

Arts Court

In 1978, Ottawa’s mayor recommended establishing a municipal arts centre, arts council, arts festival and a permanent art collection for the city. This building initially served as the Carleton County Court House, purpose-built in 1870-71. It was slated for demolition in 1980, but it was saved by the city and turned into the Arts Court. It officially opened in 1988.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Videos

Contact info

2 Daly Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
https://artscourt.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1870-71
Building type: Theatre Gallery
Architect: Robert Surtees

Dates/hours open

Jun 04 - Jun 04

Beechwood CemeteryDoors Open Ottawa

Beechwood Cemetery

Founded in 1873, Beechwood Cemetery was designated a National Historic Site in 2001 because of its key role in Canadian heritage. Over 400 famous burials reside on the grounds – including politicians, writers and inventors. With over 82,000 burials of people from all walks of life, Beechwood serves as a place of national tribute and remembrance for all Canadians.

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

Contact info

280 Beechwood Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
https://beechwoodottawa.ca/en

Architecture

Year built: 1873
Building type: Cemetery
Architect: James Mather

Dates/hours open

Jun 04 - Jun 05

Billings Estate National Historic SiteDoors Open Ottawa

Billings Estate National Historic Site

The main house here is considered to be one of the oldest homes in Ottawa. The Billings family lived here for five generations. Once a large agricultural property, parts of the estate were given to different family members or sold off. Today, what remains is a museum, several outbuildings and a cemetery for more than 140 community and family members.

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

Contact info

2100 Cabot Street
Ottawa, Ontario
https://www.ottawa.ca/billingsestate

Architecture

Year built: 1827-29
Building type: Cemetery Historical landmark Historical house Museum
Architect: Braddish Billings

Dates/hours open

Jun 04 - Jun 05

Bytown Museum: Commissariat BuildingDoors Open Ottawa

Bytown Museum: Commissariat Building

Ottawa’s oldest stone building, the Commissariat, was constructed as a storehouse during the Rideau Canal’s construction. It has had many landlords but, in 1951, the Women’s Canadian Historical Society of Ottawa (now the Historical Society of Ottawa) made it the home of the Bytown Museum. On June 4, join a free bilingual outdoor “Lock Talks.” will be offered. Register here.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Washrooms
  • Videos
  • Virtual tours
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

1 Canal Lane
Ottawa, Ontario
https://bytownmuseum.com

Architecture

Year built: 1827
Building type: Historical landmark Museum
Architect: Thomas Mackay

Dates/hours open

Jun 04 - Jun 05

Christ Church Cathedral OttawaDoors Open Ottawa

Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa

Built in 1872, this church was constructed to harmonize with the new Parliament buildings. Named the Cathedral of the Diocese in 1897, it continues to nurture faith in creative and traditional ways. Architectural features include soaring ceilings, magnificent windows and the bell tower, home to the 516-pound bronze bell cast for the original church in 1839.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Washrooms
  • Virtual tours

Contact info

414 Sparks Street
Ottawa, Ontario
https://www.ottawacathedral.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1872
Building type: Historical landmark Place of worship
Architect: King Arnoldi

Dates/hours open

Jun 04 - Jun 05

Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War MuseumDoors Open Ottawa

Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum

The Diefenbunker was originally designed as the centre for Canada’s defence against nuclear attack. Now a museum, the Diefenbunker offers a one-of-a-kind experiential learning environment, coupled with award-winning programs, events and exhibitions. Step into history and immerse yourself in stories of the past as you explore the depths of the Diefenbunker or participate in the world’s largest escape room.

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

Contact info

3929 Carp Road
Carp, Ontario
http://diefenbunker.ca/en

Architecture

Year built: 1959
Building type: Attraction Historical landmark Museum

Dates/hours open

Jun 04 - Jun 04

Heritage Building and Ottawa City HallDoors Open Ottawa

Heritage Building and Ottawa City Hall

Originally built as the Ottawa Normal School in 1875, this site is now Ottawa City Hall. Built in the Gothic Renaissance style, it reflects the influence of the Parliament Buildings – with Italianate windows, Romanesque columns and exterior limestone walls. Purchased by the municipality in 1987, the building was restored and renovated and opened as city hall in 2001.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Virtual tours

Contact info

110 Laurier Avenue West (Elgin Street entrance)
Ottawa, Ontario
https://ottawa.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1875
Building type: Government building
Architect: R.W. Strickland and Kivas Tully

Dates/hours open

Jun 04 - Jun 05

Hindu Temple of Ottawa-Carleton Inc.Doors Open Ottawa

Hindu Temple of Ottawa-Carleton Inc.

The design, architecture and interior shrines of this temple follow traditional Hindu architectural styles. Deities in these shrines are made of granite, marble and bronze. The large prayer hall hosts ceremonies throughout the year. The temple also houses a reference library on Hindu religion and philosophy. When visiting, everyone is required to remove their footwear.

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

Contact info

4835 Bank Street
Ottawa, Ontario
https://hindutemple.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1984
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Jun 04 - Jun 04

Lisgar Collegiate InstituteDoors Open Ottawa

Lisgar Collegiate Institute

Ottawa’s first high school has occupied this prime downtown location alongside the Rideau Canal since 1874. The Gothic revival building has been extended and renovated several times. It has many distinct architectural features – including an impressive 660-seat auditorium that maintains much of its original character, and an attic that students used as a shooting range during the Second World War.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Videos
  • Collections and resources

Contact info

29 Lisgar Street
Ottawa, Ontario
https://www.lisgar.net

Architecture

Year built: 1874, with subsequent extensions and renovations
Building type: Educational facility Historical landmark
Architect: William Tutin Thomas

Dates/hours open

Jun 05 - Jun 05

Ottawa Main MosqueDoors Open Ottawa

Ottawa Main Mosque

The Ottawa Muslim Association and the Ottawa Mosque was incorporated in 1964 as a charitable organization, with its first phase completed in 1970. The Ottawa Mosque is the first and the oldest mosque in the city, and is one of the oldest in Canada. Its distinct architectural design includes a two-storey prayer hall, library, minaret, central dome and multi-purpose basement.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Videos

Contact info

251 Northwestern Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
https://ottawamosque.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1973
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Jun 04 - Jun 05

Parliament of Canada: Centre BlockDoors Open Ottawa

Parliament of Canada: Centre Block

Public Services and Procurement Canada is delighted to offer a behind-the-scenes look at the work taking place at the Parliament Building (Centre Block) as part of this year’s Doors Open Ottawa. Centre Block is a familiar sight to many Canadians. And construction is well underway to restore and modernize it. Doors Open participants will discover Centre Block like never before!

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Videos
  • Virtual tours

Architecture

Year built: 1916-2020
Building type: Government building
Architect: John A. Pearson and Jean-Omer Marchand

Dates/hours open

Jun 04 - Jun 05

Pinhey's Point Historic SiteDoors Open Ottawa

Pinhey's Point Historic Site

The main house at Pinhey’s Point Historic Site is one of the oldest buildings in the Ottawa area. The interior maintains many original features – including the imposing entrance hall and staircase, servants’ quarters, indoor privy and drawing room wallpaper. During Doors Open, visitors are welcome to bring a packed lunch or use one of the onsite barbeque pits.

  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms

Contact info

270 Pinhey's Point Road
Dunrobin, Ontario
https://ottawa.ca/pinheyspoint

Architecture

Year built: 1820
Building type: Historical landmark Historical house Museum

Dates/hours open

Jun 04 - Jun 05

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 is the official residence and workplace of Canada’s Governor General. This National Historic Site has nearly two centuries of history, and has become an important gathering place and site of official activities. Following many additions and alterations, the grounds, the building and its interiors have evolved to reflect and reinforce Rideau Hall’s identity as a national symbol.

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

Contact info

1 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
https://www.gg.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1838
Building type: Government building Historical landmark Historical house
Architect: Thomas McKay

Dates/hours open

Jun 04 - Jun 05

Sri Sathya Sai Baba Spiritual Centre of Ottawa-CarletonDoors Open Ottawa

New

Sri Sathya Sai Baba Spiritual Centre of Ottawa-Carleton

This site is a unique, non-denominational place of worship. Sathya Sai Baba’s life message is to "love all, serve all" and "help ever, hurt never," strongly promoting the unity of faiths as depicted through symbols and messages on the centre’s pillar. During your Doors Open visit, explore the stupa at the entrance, the main prayer hall, library and classrooms.

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

Contact info

1694 Hunt Club Road
Ottawa, Ontario
http://www.sathyasaiottawa.org

Architecture

Year built: 1997

Dates/hours open

Jun 04 - Jun 04

United States Embassy in OttawaDoors Open Ottawa

New

United States Embassy in Ottawa

The United States has had an official diplomatic presence in Canada since 1827. Built in 1969, the current building creates a bridge between places, peoples and ideas. Symbolizing a bridge, the building stands for partnership and alliance. As a work of architecture, the magnificence of the building is indicative of the significant relationship that the United States has with Canada.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Washrooms
  • Videos

Contact info

490 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
https://ca.usembassy.gov

Architecture

Year built: 1999
Building type: Government building
Architect: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

Dates/hours open

Jun 05 - Jun 05

Watson's MillDoors Open Ottawa

Watson's Mill

Built in 1860 along the shores of the Rideau River, Watson’s Mill remains active as a water-powered flour mill. Nearby Dickinson House, built in 1867, displays the heritage home of the past mill owners. Dickinson Square is the only industrial heritage site in Ottawa. The site comes to life through tours by costumed interpreters and milling demonstrations.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Washrooms
  • Virtual tours

Contact info

5525 Dickinson Street
Manotick, Ontario
https://watsonsmill.com

Architecture

Year built: 1860
Building type: Attraction Historical landmark Museum

Dates/hours open

Jun 04 - Jun 05