Doors Open Ottawa is happening again soon! Doors Open is a free annual ‘open house’ event that celebrates our community’s building heritage. Did you know the Nation’s Capital hosts the second-largest Doors Open architectural event in North America? During the first full weekend in June (June 3rd & 4th), over 150 historically, culturally, and functionally significant buildings will be featured in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday! The complete 2017 building list, an interactive map and all additional event information including the free Doors Open Ottawa Shuttle Bus route has just been posted on the Doors Open website (Click on the link below). If you’d like to be involved with this year’s event, volunteers are currently being recruited. Volunteers are needed for greeting and welcoming visitors, handing out event material, tracking the number of visitors arriving on site, assisting with parking, managing lineups, and encouraging visitors to complete visitor surveys. If you would like to get involved, information sessions have been planned for new volunteers on: May 15th from 6 to 8 PM in Room 1A at Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive; and, May 18th from 6 to 8 PM in the Councillors’ Lounge at City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West.
As you may know, access to some buildings (like Embassies and consulates) might require advance registration. One popular stop on the Doors Open tour is the American Embassy. If you’d like a look inside on June 3rd, advance registration is now open. Here’s the link: https://ca.usembassy.gov/embassy-