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 2018 and once again there is something for everyone.

On June 2 and 3, you will have access, at no charge, to more than 140 buildings from across Ottawa, including 17 sites that were not included last year. This is your opportunity for a behind-the-scenes look at

  • government buildings
  • research facilities
  • heritage buildings
  • artists’ studios
  • places of worship
  • embassies and high commissions

From Carp to Cumberland, more than 80,000 visitors will explore some of the city’s most interesting places during Doors Open Ottawa. Some of the highlights this year include:

  • Canada Council Art Bank
  • Hydro Ottawa’s new hydroelectric facility at Chaudière Falls
  • OC Transpo Bus and O-Train Simulator
  • Canada Aviation and Space Museum
  • Elections Canada Distribution Centre

Doors Open visitors are invited to share their experiences on Instagram in a photo contest, and to download the free app to help navigate their way through the weekend. For more information, including the 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 50 participating buildings can be accessed from eight stops along the shuttle loop, giving everyone a wide choice of amazing facilities that can be reached quickly without a vehicle.