Doors Open Vancouver unlocks 18 locations

September 15, 2015 | Engaged City

All 18 locations for the second annual Doors Open Vancouver were announced today, including two new venues to explore – the Stanley Park Train Yard and the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre.

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

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

To help kick off this year’s Doors Open, a launch event will take place at City Hall on Friday, October 2 at noon with Deputy Mayor, Andrea Reimer. The public will be able to enjoy activities at City Hall from noon to 5pm.

Doors Open venues will be located in the following four walkable hubs: City Hall and Olympic Village, downtown, False Creek Flats and Stanley Park.

In addition to the two new venues added this year, notable favourites from last year, including the Orpheum, VPL Central Library, 3-1-1 Call Centre/City Studio and the False Creek Energy Centre, are all returning. 

On October 3, the public is welcome to visit most venues at any time between 10am and 5pm, with a few venues having slightly different hours. Tours at Carnegie Community Centre and the City of Vancouver Tactical Training Centre require advance registration through the Doors Open Vancouver website.

For more information on the venues, hours, and advanced registration, visit Follow @doorsopenvan on Twitter for updates on October 3.

Doors Open was a quick start action identified by the Engaged City Task Force.  The City of Vancouver has been organizing Doors Open in partnership with the Architectural Institute of British Columbia, Cascadia Green Building Council, Tourism Vancouver, the Vancouver Heritage Foundation, and Vancouver Public Space Network.  

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.