Featured Event: Doors Open Ottawa

Doors Open Ottawa is the region’s largest heritage event, unlocking over 100 of the area’s most architecturally interesting and historically significant buildings, many of which are not normally open to the public on the first weekend in June, annually.

For the past 10 years, over 60,000 attendees jump at this unique opportunity to see the interior of some of the city’s finest urban and rural buildings.

Doors Open Ottawa 2012From Carp to Cumberland and everywhere in between; embassies, places of worship, museums, artist’s studios and science labs are yours to explore free of charge! From architectural buffs to those looking for a weekend full of free fun, Doors Open Ottawa allows everyone to learn something new about their local heritage, architecture, and design.

To see a full list of participating buildings, visit the City of Ottawa’s Website.

It’s not too late to volunteer, check out these opportunities:

Volunteer Information and Registration Sessions 

Volunteers are a huge part of the success of Doors Open Ottawa. Interested candidates may apply to assist during the event weekend in greeting visitors, giving tours, and help building staff keep things running smoothly. As a volunteer, you will be required to attend an information and registration session.

All sessions are held at City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. W. in rooms on the second floor. Note that the first session on May 9 is reserved for returning volunteers only.

Returning volunteers

  • Wednesday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m., Colonel By Room

New and returning volunteers

  • Tuesday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m., Colonel By Room
  • Wednesday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m., Honeywell Room

To confirm your attendance at one of these sessions, please contact Daniele Hamonic or call 613-580-2424 ext. 19042


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