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Doors Open Vancouver unlocks 18 locations

September 15 2015

"Doors Open invites Vancouver to explore the inner workings of many of our most interesting buildings and spaces. These unique tours give participants .... an inside look at how our City works for our people every day,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson.

Doors Open Vancouver

All 18 locations for the second annual Doors Open Vancouver were announced today, including two new venues for you to explore:

  • Stanley Park Train Yard
  • Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre

This year’s Doors Open Vancouver will take place on Saturday, October 3 from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Doors Open provides an opportunity for you to enjoy free, behind-the-scenes access to popular City of Vancouver buildings and to learn about what it takes to run a city.

Attend the launch event

To help kick off this year’s Doors Open, join our launch event at City Hall on Friday, October 2 at noon with Deputy Mayor Andrea Reimer. Activities will follow at City Hall from noon to 5:00pm.

Check out this year's sites

On October 3, we invite you to visit most venues anytime between 10:00am and 5:00pm. A few venues will have slightly different hours.

In addition to the two new venues added this year, notable favourites from last year are returning, including:

  • The Orpheum
  • VPL Central Library
  • 3-1-1 Call Centre and City Studio
  • The False Creek Energy Centre

Tours at Carnegie Community Centre and the City of Vancouver Tactical Training Centre require advance registration through the Doors Open Vancouver website.

Doors Open venues will be located in the following four walkable hubs:

  1. City Hall and Olympic Village
  2. Downtown
  3. False Creek Flats
  4. Stanley Park

Learn more and register for tours

 

We're building on last year's success

There were over 8,600 visits during the first Doors Open Vancouver which took place in 2014 and was supported by nearly 200 volunteers.

"Building on the success of last year’s event, Doors Open invites Vancouver to explore the inner workings of many of our most interesting buildings and spaces," said Mayor Gregor Robertson. "These unique tours give participants a view inside the City’s architecture, green design, engineering and cultural heritage - and an inside look at how our City works for our people every day."

Watch highlights from our 2014 event by Novus TV

Thanks to our partners

Doors Open was a quick start action identified by the City's Engaged City Task Force. The City has organized Doors Open in partnership with:

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

The story of Doors Open

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 into the activities that normally take place behind closed doors.