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Doors Open Waterloo Region

The 15th annual Doors Open Waterloo Region was

September 16, 2017

Doors Open Waterloo Region 2017 had more than 14,500 site visits in 7 hours! Thank you to our Doors Open 2017 site hosts, volunteers and visitors for making the event a success.

On the third Saturday of every September you're invited to tour noteworthy buildings, interesting places and heritage sites in Waterloo Region, many of which are not regularly open to the public. Admission is free! 

Since 2003, more than 300 sites in Waterloo Region have opened their doors to more than 150,000 visits during Doors Open.

Identity + Innovation

Identity + Innovation was the 2017 theme. Our theme sites represented who we are as a region and the innovative spirit that contributes to this unique place.

2017 Sites

To see Doors Open Waterloo Region 2017 participating site listings and maps:

Google Map

Click individual map points on this illustrated Google map to see the most detailed site information available for the event, including special tours, talks, and other activities taking place at participating sites.

Maps and Listings at Doors Open Ontario

The Doors Open Waterloo Region page on the Doors Open Ontario website contains maps, and shorter site listings than the Google map.

2017 Doors Open Map and Guide

The official Doors Open Waterloo Region Map and Guide (click link to download 3 MB pdf file) contains maps, photos and full-detail site listings. Hard copies will be available at libraries, museums and visitor centres across Waterloo Region from July to September and enclosed with the main sections of the Waterloo Region Record on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. For the best experience viewing the PDF Map and Guide, use Adobe Acrobat Reader (available free online). Other viewers may not show all elements.


To mark Canada 150, Ontario 150 and 15 years of Doors Open Waterloo Region, we've lined up six FREE talks related to our theme Identity + Innovation. No registration requried.

Talks by one of Canada's top architects, an Indigenous expert on treaties and land issues, two historian/authors, a Guru/meditation teacher, and a theologian, will enrich your Doors Open experience!

Click the images below to see posters with details for all six talks:

Attractor talk poster  The Grand and the Land talk poster  Detweiler Talk poster  60 Years at Waterloo talk poster  The Importance of Meditation talk poster  Iconography talk poster

Links of Interest:

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  • See individual Doors Open Waterloo Region site location maps and abbreviated site listing information at the Doors Open Ontario website.

  • Suggest a building for a future Doors Open event.

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About Doors Open

Doors Open Waterloo Region is part of Doors Open Ontario, a province wide initiative of the Ontario Heritage Trust to celebrate community heritage and architecture.

Depending on the community, Doors Open events take place any time from April to October. Doors Open is free, and many participating properties either normally charge an entrance fee, or are not usually open to the public. In most cases, no tickets or advance registration is required for the event.

Contact us

Doors Open Coordinators
150 Frederick St., 8th Floor
Kitchener, Ontario N2G 4J3