Doors Open Ottawa

University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre

The University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre (uOSSC) is a partnership of The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa.

UNE 4 – 10, 2022


It’s a special year in more ways than one. Not only is Doors Open celebrating 20 years of paying homage to Ottawa’s built heritage, but with this years’ new hybrid format, building owners and visitors will have the choice of participating virtually or in person — as long as COVID-19 allows it. That’s right… the event is returning to a live, in-person format but with the added bonus of enhanced virtual content.


Twenty year ago, the Doors Open concept became a reality when the very first Ottawa event welcomed nearly 80 building participants and 35,000 visitors. Since then, Doors Open has continued to expand and evolve with changing times, and this year is no different. Buildings will be open virtually, in person, or a hybrid of the two. As visitors, we will simply have to plan our ‘visits’ accordingly and follow the most current public health policies in place. 

Heritage Ottawa has been a strong supporter of Doors Open since its inception in 2002. An event designed to celebrate the city’s built heritage by opening up buildings for public viewing was a perfect fit for Heritage Ottawa. Many of our members and directors were active participants in bringing the event to the city. Today, members of our board of directors continue to contribute as active participants on the Doors Open Ottawa Advisory Council.

Doors Open is held annually on the first weekend in June, and is a once-a-year opportunity to tour some of Ottawa’s most fascinating and unusual places.

This year, Doors Open invites us to discover the secrets and stories that lie within some of Ottawa’s most interesting buildings through still photography, in-depth descriptions, 3D and/or virtual tours, YouTube videos, and in person.

Come and explore Ottawa’s history, culture and stunning architecture. It’s FREE, it’s fun and it’s the perfect way to discover how Canada’s capital has become the beautiful city it is today.

The full list of participating buildings for DOORS OPEN OTTAWA 2022 is available by CLICKING HERE. 

Participants should be aware that the Skills and Simulation Centre is designed to simulate real-life health care situations, which could be upsetting to some participants. 

Participants should use their discretion in considering whether their participation or their children’s participation in the tour is appropriate or advisable.