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Doors Open Ottawa | Portes Ouverte Ottawa

June 4 - June 5

Doors Open Ottawa

The City of Ottawa is proud to present the Doors Open Ottawa, a free annual architectural event that celebrates our community’s built heritage.

Ottawa is built on un-ceded Algonquin Anishinabe territory. The City of Ottawa honours the peoples and land of the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation.

The City of Ottawa honours all First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and their valuable past and present contributions to this land.

During the first full weekend in June, Doors Open Ottawa will be celebrating its 20th anniversary, and we cordially invite residents and visitors alike to join us as we re-open the doors to some of the city’s most beautiful buildings. That’s right…we’re thrilled to announce that we are returning to a live, in-person event but with the added bonus of enhanced virtual content!

Twenty years ago, the Doors Open concept became a reality when the very first Ottawa event welcomed nearly 80 building participants and 35,000 visitors. Since then, the event continues to expand and evolve with the everchanging times, and this year is no different. Buildings will have the option to participate virtually, in-person, or a hybrid of the two. As a visitor, you will simply have to plan your ‘visits’ accordingly and follow the most current public health policies in place.

Whether you choose a virtual or live experience, you will discover the secrets and stories that lie within some of Ottawa’s most interesting buildings by way of still photography, in-depth descriptions, 3D and/or virtual tours, YouTube videos, in-person guided and self-guided tours, and more…so stay tuned!

On June 4 and 5, join us for the 20th anniversary celebration of Doors Open Ottawa, and pay homage to our city’s history, culture, and stunning architecture! It’s free, it’s fun, and it’s the perfect way to discover how Canada’s Capital has become the beautiful city it is today. And don’t forget…you can follow and share your #DoorsOpenOttawa experience on Facebook(link is external)Twitter(link is external), and Instagram(link is external).

The full 2022 Doors Open Ottawa Building list will be available on May 30. However, please continue to visit the webpage in advance for news regarding pre-registration for select buildings including the United States Embassy in Ottawa and Earnscliffe National Historic Site.

For disability-related accommodations required to participate fully in this event, please contact us at doorsopen@ottawa.ca(link sends e-mail) or call 3-1-1.

For media inquiries, please contact medias@ottawa.ca(link sends e-mail).


June 4
June 5