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Doors Open Ottawa is back and bigger than ever for Canada 150

By Hannah Manning on May 12, 2017

unnamedEach summer, the City of Ottawa hosts the second-largest Doors Open architectural event in North America. This year, over 150 historically, culturally, and functionally significant buildings will be featured June 3 and 4 during Doors Open Ottawa in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday!

Doors Open, for anyone unfamiliar with the concept, is a chance to get inside some of the city’s most prestigious buildings. Many are closed to the public throughout the year so Doors Open Ottawa provides a unique opportunity to literally get behind closed doors.

The list of participating buildings is diverse, ranging from the Diefenbunker to Hydro Ottawa’s Chaudière Falls No 2 Generating Station to Bridgehead Roastery. While preregistration is required for some buildings, most are available to visit throughout the weekend. You can visit embassies, churches, arts centres, fire stations and more.

unnamed-1Following the unveiling of this year’s building list, Alan Neal, of CBC’s All in a Day, hosted a panel discussion about architecture in Canada, featuring Barry Hobin, Hobin Architecture; Elsa Lam, Editor of Canadian Architect magazine; and Donald Schmitt, Principal Architect for the National Arts Centre, Diamond Schmitt Architects.

New this year, Doublespace Photography and Doors Open Ottawa have teamed together to present the Doors Open Ottawa 2017 Photo Contest. Photos submitted on Instagram will be judged and winners will be announced following the Doors Open weekend. Don’t forget to tag your photos with Apt613’s weekend hashtag #apt613wknd!

unnamed-4Also new this year, and in partnership with Algonquin College’s Mobile Application Design and Development program, Doors Open Ottawa is offering 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.

Wondering how you’ll get around to all these awesome locations? Not only is there a free shuttle bus, but this year Escape Bicycle Tours will be offering a special Doors Open Ottawa bicycle tour on June 3.