Dive deep into Ottawan history at the Doors Open experience
- Canada Travel Tips
- Thursday, 10 May 2012 19:38
An event that started in France more than 25 years ago has found its place in Canada's capital. The Doors Open Ontario celebration will be held across the province, allowing travellers a unique look into the rich history and culture of the area.
Buildings, landmarks and structures not normally opened to the public will welcome guests to explore and take guided tours to learn more about local design, history and more. This event gives travellers an alternative way to experience the city by passing over the museums and viewing unusual historical sites.
In 1984, France launched its first annual Doors Open event by letting locals and tourists take a peek at buildings usually reserved for private residents and businesses. The event aimed to give people a new appreciation for the past and allow them a firsthand look at noteworthy sites nationwide. Roughly 18 years later, Ottawa hosted its own version of Doors Open, which has since spread throughout Ontario and to other locales in North America.
"The preservation of historical buildings provides us a link with the past, and gives us a sense of what life was like for our ancestors," said Mayor Jim Watson of last year's event. "We can learn quite a bit about Ottawa’s history through Doors Open Ottawa."
This year, travellers can visit several buildings in Ottawa on June 2 and 3, a full list of which is available on the event's official website. For instance, those interested in traditional print journalism can check out the Ottawa Citizen building, originally founded in 1973. Guests can discover how the newspaper business began in the mid-1800s and how it has grown to be a strong presence in the capital. Other places to explore that guests can view for free include Ashbury College, the Fairmont Chateau Laurier and the residences of the Norwegian and Swedish ambassadors.
Open Doors will be offered in other Ontario cities and town this summer, so travellers interested in seeing more history can venture to places like Stratford, Kingston, Niagara and Timmins. All summer long individuals taking tours of Ottawa and travelling throughout Ontario can participate in Doors Open celebrations to see what makes this part of the world unique and exciting.