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Another successful Doors Open Vancouver

October 5 2015

Doors Open Vancouver volunteer at Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services training facility with members of the public behind him visiting the special operations command vehicle
Photograph by Mike

Building on the success of last year, the second annual Doors Open Vancouver came to an end on Saturday, with a larger than anticipated number of visits to all 18 sites featured this year.

Over 14,350 site visits this year

In total, there were over 14,350 site visits giving people free behind-the-scenes access to popular City of Vancouver buildings and landmarks.

Notable favourites this year included the City of Vancouver Tactical Training Centre and the Carnegie Community Centre which required pre-registration, selling out within 36 hours of all locations being announced.

Other venues that were popular this year included:

  • The Orpheum (1,720 visits)
  • Vancouver Animal Services Shelter (1,512 visits)
  • False Creek Energy Centre (942 visits)

This year, there were also two new venues featured:

  • The Stanley Park Train (3,234 visits)
  • Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre (533 visits)

To help kick off this year’s Doors Open, Vancouver City Hall opened its doors a day early on Friday, October 2, welcoming the public to explore Council Chambers and the Mayor's ceremonial office, and to get a glimpse into the inner workings of the City.

View our recap of the event

Watch our City Hall timelapse video

Thank you, volunteers and partners

Doors Open Vancouver would not have been a success without the help of 200 committed volunteers. They filled many roles, including: team leaders, tour guides, presenters, greeters, attendants, and volunteer supporters.

The City of Vancouver organized Doors Open in partnership with:

  • Architectural Institute of British Columbia
  • Cascadia Green Building Council
  • Tourism Vancouver
  • Vancouver Heritage Foundation
  • Vancouver Public Space Network

Additional thanks to our hosting partners:

  • Vancouver Art Gallery
  • Urban Fare
  • Design Network
  • The Bicycle Valet

The story of Doors Open

In 2014, there were over 8,600 visits during the Doors Open Vancouver with the help of nearly 200 volunteers.

Doors Open was a quick start action identified by the Engaged City Task Force.

Doors Open events are hosted in cities around the world, including London, New York and Toronto, attracting hundreds of thousands of participants.

This unique experience connects residents with the buildings they know and provides them with a look at the inner workings of many of our civic institutions.