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12 Insanely Cool Buildings You Can Visit For Free During Doors Open Ottawa

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12 Insanely Cool Buildings You Can Visit For Free During Doors Open Ottawa

Nothing says, "Seize the moment", quite like Doors Open Ottawa. For one weekend in June, over 150 historical buildings are open to the public for free - some that the general public would never otherwise see.

On June 3rd and 4th, buildings like the CBC, a few embassies, a nuclear bomb shelter and even the residences of some politicians, will be wide open, just for you. Locations are scattered across the city shuttle bus can take you from point to point, linked here.

Just ahead of the weekend, we've compiled a list of our favourite buildings that we'll be checking out at Doors Open Ottawa. Here's 12 beautiful buildings you and your iPhone camera can't miss:

CBC/Radio-Canada // 181 Queen St.

What is it: The Ottawa Broadcasting Centre and newsrooms of the CBC.

When: Saturday, June 3, 10am to 4pm.

Parliament of Canada (East Block) // 111 Wellington St.

What is it: The eastern block of the Parliament of Canada (former offices of Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald).

When: Saturday, June 3, 9:00am to 4:30pm and Sunday, June 4, 9:00am to 4:30pm.

Sir John A. MacDonald Building // 144 Wellington St.

What is it: Former Bank of Montreal.

When: Sunday, June 4, 10:00am to 4:00pm.

The Supreme Court of Canada // 301 Wellington St.

What is it: Canada's highest court.

When: Saturday, June 3, 10:00am to 4:00pm and Sunday, June 4, 10:00am to 4:00pm.

The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat // 199 Sussex Dr.

What is it: Embassy for the Aga Khan.

When: Saturday, June 3, 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Embassy of Hungary // 299 Waverley St.

What is it: The historic Birkett Castle (and current Embassy of Hungary to Canada.

When: Saturday, June 3, 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Global Centre for Pluralism // 330 Sussex Dr.

What is it: Former Public Archives Building, built in 1906. Now the Global Centre for Pluralism.

When: Saturday, June 3, 10:00am to 4:00pm.

The Mayfair Theatre // 1074 Bank St.

What is it: Ottawa's oldest operating movie theatre.

When: Sunday, June 4, 12:00pm to 4:00pm.

Wellington Building // 180 Wellington St.

What is it: Heritage Beaux-Arts building (recently restored in 2016)

When: Saturday, June 3, 10:00am to 4:00pm and Sunday, June 4, 10:00am to 4:00pm.

National Trust for Canada // 190 Bronson Ave.

What is it: Headquarters of the National Trust for Canada (building was built in 1889).

When: Saturday, June 3, 10:00am to 4:00pm and Sunday, June 4, 10:00am to 4:00pm.

The Diefenbunker // 3929 Carp Rd.

What is it: Nuclear bomb shelter for Former Prime Minister Diefenbaker.

When: Saturday, June 3, 10:00am to 4:00pm and Sunday, June 4, 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Earnscliffe (The British High Commissioner's Official Residence) // 140 Sussex Dr.

What is it: Home of Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald and current resident for the British High Commissioners.

When: Saturday, June 3, 10:00am to 4:00pm.

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