Your Guide to Doors Open Ottawa

This weekend, the doors swing open on more than 130 of the city’s historically, culturally and functionally significant buildings. Heritage houses and government offices alike will be unlocked for Ottawan’s public viewing pleasure. We have selected a few of the many buildings that we think are essential stops on your journey around Ottawa. If you’re at all concerned about getting to all of your desired buildings, Doors Open can help. They will have a shuttle that can take you around, along with a bike tour. If you looked at some of these buildings and asked yourself, “Is this even in Ottawa?” then you are not alone.

To see the full list of buildings featured this weekend you can visit Doors Open Ottawa.

Earnscliffe: British High Commissioner’s Official Residence




This Victorian Manor is best known as the home of our first Prime Minister, Sir John A MacDonald. It is situated right in between the Ottawa River and Sussex Drive.



Shopify Headquarters

150 Elgin St.

Photo courtesy of Andrew Geddes, Union Eleven.



Even if you pictured what your dream office space would look like, it wouldn’t compare to Shopify’s Headquarters located right in Downtown Ottawa. The beautifully designed modern interior has spaces to work with different décor and themes for each room. Truly magical.



Watson’s Mill

5525 Dickinson St.




One of Manotick’s treasures is this quaint museum that doubles as a working mill still producing flour. Watson’s Mill sits right on the Rideau River and holds incredible historic value.



The Connaught Building

550 Sussex Dr.






Overlooking parliament hill, this Tudor Gothic-Style building has been deemed a Classified Federal Heritage Building primarily because of its architectural significance. The sandstone structure houses the Canada Revenue Agency.





Supreme Court of Canada

301 Wellington St.
supreme court

This giant granite, historically active building has seen some of the biggest cases in Canada. The classical symmetrical design is both intimidating and alluring.  Hopefully you will be visiting the court for Doors Open rather than a hearing.


Enjoy your inside look at our beautiful and historic city!