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Interior of the Ottawa Masonic Centre/Tunis Shriners Temple at 2140 Walkley Road. Image courtesy of the City of Ottawa.

Doors Open Ottawa announces the 140+ buildings participating this year—06.02.18 & 06.03.18

By Greggory Clark on April 30, 2018

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Doors Open weekend is Ottawa’s annual opportunity to explore parts of the city that are rarely on view to the public. The two-day architecture festival offers free access to more than 140 buildings around the capital region on June 2nd and 3rd this year.

The 2018 list includes new buildings that have never been a part of the event. Some we’re looking forward to are the new Hydroelectric facility at Chaudière Falls, Flora Hall Brewing, La Nouvelle Scène Gilles-Desjardins, and the OC Transpo Bus and Train Simulator Training Facility.

Most of our 2017 favourites are returning as well.

La Nouvelle Scène Gilles-Desjardins (333 King Edward) opened in 2016. Image courtesy of the City of Ottawa.

Organizers are expecting over 75,000 visitors will explore at least one of the city’s more interesting spaces. Doors Open Ottawa has recorded more than one million visits since the festival started in 2002. It’s the second largest Doors Open event in Canada, and one of the largest in the world.

Certain buildings like Shopify and the French Embassy in Canada require pre-registration ahead of your visit.

The Embassy of the United States is not participating in the event for the first time since 2010.


Visit ottawa.ca for an interactive map, full list of participating buildings, visiting hours, volunteer opportunities, and accessibility information. The City of Ottawa webpage says you can call 3-1-1 or email doorsopen@ottawa.ca if you require accommodation to participate fully in the event.


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