I've always had an interest in how things work so for me this was a great weekend activity to discover Ottawa's heritage/architecture.
Unfortunately I will not be able to make it this year as I'll be moving into our new house, however, if you are having trouble chosing which buildings to visit, here are some of the highlights of past Doors Open Buildings for me:
- Britannia Water Treatment Plant
- Canada Science and Tech Museum
- The Ottawa Citizen
- Ottawa Mosque
- Transportation Safety Board of Canada Engineering Laboratory
As you can see I'm a big fan of the educational side to doors open. There are also many great buildings to see if you are interested in history and architecture. Many of the embassies in Ottawa open their doors to the public to have a peek inside.
If you do decide to take part, here are some tips I've learned over the past few years:
- Some buildings are only open on either the Saturday or Sunday - make sure to check before going
- Guided tours are available at some locations and only allow for certain number at a time so make sure to give yourself enough time in case you have to wait
- Some buildings do not allow photography - make sure to check the description before bringing your camera
- The locations are spaced out all around the capital region - some even as far as Carp and Manotick so plan for travel time to maximise how many buildings that you see
- If you are visiting places of worship - be respectful of their culture - you may be required to remove your footwear or cover your hair.
Doors Open Ottawa Website: http://www.ottawa.ca/en/rec_culture/museum_heritage/celebrations/doors_open/index.html
Direct Link to 2012 Buildings: http://ottawa.ca/en/rec_culture/museum_heritage/celebrations/doors_open/2012buildings/index.htm
A Handy Map of the Buildings c/o Open File Ottawa