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  • Doors Open Ottawa 2017

    Doors Open Ottawa 2017

    Doors Open Ottawa – Explore Ottawa’s culture, history, and architecture for FREE June 3 and 4, 2017!
    The City of Ottawa is proud to present Doors Open Ottawa, a free annual architectural event that celebrates our community’s built heritage.

    During the first full weekend in June, over 150 historically, culturally, and functionally significant buildings will be featured in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday! From Carp to Cumberland, over 80,000 visitors will explore some of the city’s most interesting places, and you’re invited!

    Doors Open Ottawa continues to be the second-largest Doors Open architectural event in North America. Since its inception in 2002, over 920,000 visitors have discovered some of the city’s most prestigious buildings including Earnscliffe: Official Residence of the British High Commissioner, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Embassy of the United States, and the Sir John A. Macdonald Building….just to name a few.

    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.

    In celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial, pay homage to Ottawa’s history, culture, and stunning architecture on June 3 and 4 during Doors Open Ottawa 2017! 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 experience on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

    For disability-related accommodation required to participate fully in this event, please contact us at or call 3-1-1.

    2017 Building List

    Full Screen Map

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    Doors Open Ottawa 2017 Photo Contest – NEW!!

    In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, Doublespace Photography and Doors Open Ottawa have teamed together to present the Doors Open Ottawa 2017 Photo Contest!

    Put your photography skills to work to see if your photo, featuring a Doors Open Ottawa 2017 building participant, will be chosen as one of three winners!

    Visit Doublespace Photography for more information about contest rules and prize packages…and perhaps some inspiration, too!

    Doors Open Ottawa 2017 Mobile App – NEW!!

    In partnership with Algonquin College’s Mobile Application Design and Development program, Doors Open Ottawa is proud to offer a brand new mobile app for all iPhone and Android smartphones. The app will provide building description information, photos, and locations for more than 150 buildings participating in the 2017 event on June 3 and 4.

    The free mobile app for Android and iPhone users is now available through Google Play and the Apple App store:

    Get it on Google Play

    Download from the Apple App store

    Doors Open Ottawa 2017 Bicycle Tour

    In partnership with Doors Open Ottawa, Escape Bicycle Tours and Rentals will be offering a Doors Open Ottawa bicycle tour on Saturday, June 3, 2017, weather permitting.

    For tour information, please visit

    Ottawa Citizen-Doors Open Ottawa Shuttle Bus

    The FREE Ottawa Citizen-Doors Open Ottawa Shuttle Bus will travel within walking distance of nearly 70 participating buildings.

    Doors Open Ottawa Shuttle Bus Map
    Doors Open Ottawa Shuttle Bus Schedule
    Doors Open Ottawa Shuttle Bus Brochure

    Suggest a building for Doors Open Ottawa 2018

    Building suggestions for Doors Open Ottawa 2017 are no longer being accepted.

    However, we invite you to continue sending us your suggestions for future Doors Open Ottawa events. To recommend a building, please e-mail Provide as much information as possible to assist us in our research.

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