Ottawa – This weekend, Ottawa residents and visitors have their annual opportunity to explore a side of Ottawa that is rarely available to the public. It’s Doors Open Ottawa 2017 and the list of buildings this year is longer than ever.

On June 3 and 4, you will have access, at no charge, to more than 150 buildings around the Ottawa region, including 39 buildings that were not part of last year’s event. Doors Open Ottawa offers something for everyone, from municipal facilities and government buildings to private businesses, artists’ studios and places of worship, to embassies and high commissions of countries from across the globe.

From Carp to Cumberland, over 80,000 visitors will explore some of the city’s most interesting places. Some of the highlights this year:

  • Bank of Canada building
  • Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
  • The Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum
  • Ottawa Hospital – Minimally Invasive Surgical Suites
  • Parliament of Canada East Block
  • Rideau Hall
  • 10 embassies
  • 37 churches and religious buildings

Also new this year is a photo contest and an app to help you navigate your way through the weekend. For more information and for a full list of participating buildings visit

 Take the shuttle
Once again there will be a free accessible OC Transpo shuttle bus sponsored by the Ottawa Citizen. Nearly 70 participating buildings can be accessed from the eight stops on the shuttle loop, giving everyone a wide choice of amazing facilities that can be reached quickly without a vehicle.