Doors Open 2017

Doors Open celebrates Halifax’s blend of historical and contemporary architecture. Our buildings tell the story of the development of our society, our values and our shared culture.

Join us on June 3rd & 4th, 2017 from 10 am-4 pm

The Venues

Many of these buildings are part of our everyday lives, yet are never viewed or explored by the public. By providing public access to these buildings, Doors Open Halifax will bring our community together to learn, explore and enjoy a fantastic weekend of discovery…together.

  • Alexander Keith’s Brewery

    Exclusive to Doors Open, visitors can explore one of North America’s oldest commercial breweries free of charge. This unique tour, hosted by animators in period costume, will take you back in time. These characters will let you discover historic secrets, including Read on! →

  • Armdale Yacht Club

    The Armdale Yacht Club (AYC) is located on historic Melville Island at the head of the Halifax’s Northwest Arm. It is the second oldest yacht club in Nova Scotia, incorporated in 1937, and possibly one of the most historic parcels Read on! →

  • Canada Border Services Agency

    Every day, marine vessels of all types enter Canadian waters. The Canada Border Services Agency’s (CBSA’s) Marine Centre of Expertise (MCE) is a national training and resource centre that teaches border services officers the necessary skills to search marine vessels Read on! →

  • City Greenhouse and Horticultural Tour

    Ever wonder where all the flowers and trees for our parks and open spaces come from? The municipality has two large greenhouses, one in Halifax and one in Dartmouth where all the flowering annuals, veggies and other specimen plants are Read on! →

  • Dominion Public Building

    A favorite with Doors Open visitors, this Recognized Federal Heritage Building has been a landmark on the Halifax skyline for over 80 years. At thirteen storeys, this Art Deco-style “skyscraper” was the tallest building in Halifax until the 1960s. The Read on! →

  • Government House

    A favourite each year, this timeless residence will captivate visitors with its opulence and history. The home of the Sovereign’s representative for more than 200 years, it houses stunning antiques and sophisticated art throughout for people to view. Plus, visitors will have an exclusive opportunity to Read on! →

  • Halifax City Hall

    One of the most popular venues on our roster! The current City Hall was opened to Council and the public in 1890, replacing offices in the old court house on the waterfront. Rich in history, it’s one of the finest Read on! →

  • Halifax Junior Bengal Lancers

    This non-profit riding society was founded in 1932 by M.B. Dick. The building that houses the Lancers was constructed in 1908. It served as the city’s works shop and housed police and fire horses until 1942, when it became home Read on! →

  • Halifax Provincial Courthouse

    This local landmark was built with three reasons in mind. The first was that the growing town needed somewhere other than the church to carry out and settle charges. Second, there had been a very large number of fires in Read on! →

  • HMCS Sackville, Canada’s National Naval Memorial

    This Canadian naval memorial is in fact the ‘soul’ of the Navy. That soul was shaped and imparted to Sackville and to the Navy by the leadership, spirit and actions of men like Alan Easton, her very successful early captain, and the Read on! →

  • Hope Blooms

    Stop by Hope Blooms for a chat with some of the staff and youth leaders, and a tour of the lovely gardens and award-winning greenhouse. Enjoy a taste testing of their own fresh herb salad dressings. Through their own actions Read on! →

  • Hope Cottage

    Begun as what was hoped to be a short-term solution to a temporary problem, Hope Cottage has grown into an institution, firmly woven into the social fabric of Halifax. Hope Cottage serves over 200 meals at two sittings a day, Monday Read on! →

  • Icon Bay

    Icon Bay, a first of its kind in Halifax presents an all glass state of the art building. While enjoying the comfort of your luxurious suites you will have the opportunity to look over the sparkling water of the Bedford Read on! →

  • Keith Hall

    The residence of Alexander Keith, Keith Hall, is a three-storey sandstone and brick building fronting on Hollis Street.  The cornerstone for Keith Hall was laid in September 1863 and the building was designed by Scottish architect William Hay.  Keith Hall Read on! →

  • Little Dutch (Deutsch) Church

    Originally constructed in 1753, and converted to a church in 1755 to serve the German-speaking “foreign protestants” brought to Halifax by Edward Cornwallis, the Little Dutch Church remains Halifax’s second-oldest surviving building after St. Paul’s Church. The church is built over Read on! →

  • Lord Nelson Hotel, Universal Realty Group

    With an incomparable location overlooking the Public Gardens, the Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites has been a beloved downtown Halifax landmark for over 85 years and is now poised to unveil a design renaissance. All 262 Guest Rooms & Suites Read on! →

  • Maple

    Maple by Southwest Properties is designed to contribute a contemporary, iconic addition to Halifax’s urban landscape – the largest residential building to come to downtown. Targeting LEED® Gold certification, Maple is a beautiful, affordable urban oasis of rental suites in Read on! →

  • Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

    The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic features what is possibly the most definitive exhibit on the Halifax Explosion of 1917. This year is the 100th anniversary of that disaster, and the Museum has opened its doors to visitors free of Read on! →

  • Northfront Casemates – Halifax Citadel

    The Northfront casemates are a suite of rooms built within the walls of the Halifax Citadel. Their name refers to their location in the Citadel, the “north front” being a section of the ramparts on the north end of the Read on! →

  • Nova Scotia Association of Architects

    Home to the Nova Scotia Association of Architects (NSAA) for over 30 years, the building at the corner of Bishop and Barrington Streets occupies a prominent location right next door to Government House, the residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Read on! →

  • Old Burying Ground

      At the founding of Halifax in 1749, the burying ground lay outside the new settlement’s palisades and was in use for 95 years. Approximately 12,000 people are buried here. It was closed to burials in August 1844, The Welsford-Parker arch is the Read on! →

  • Old Town Clock

    The Town Clock, also sometimes called the Old Town Clock or Citadel Clock Tower, is one of the most recognizable landmarks in all of Canada. It is an absolutely faithful 1960s reconstruction of the original design, but the structure still Read on! →

  • Point North

    A BANC development, Point North is a modern and luxurious residential building that  in Halifax’s North End. This state-of-the-art mixed-use development offers an optimal experience for area residents, enhancing the character of the neighbourhood and creating a more pedestrian friendly environment. All Read on! →

  • Sacred Heart School of Halifax

    Founded in 1849, the Sacred Heart School of Halifax building was constructed in 1850 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart. The central wing and main entrance is the oldest original school in Halifax.  Renovations in 1876 gave the School Read on! →

  • Saint George’s (Round) Anglican Church

      This perfectly circular structure was built between 1800 and 1812 under the patronage of Edward, Duke of Kent, with financial support from his father, George III. The building was then expanded in the 1820s and again in the 1910s. Read on! →

  • Saint George’s Greek Orthodox Church

    Consecrated in 1985, this new St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church was designed by the Halifax firm of Dumaresq and Byrne, based on the Roman basilica style in the shape of a cross. The interior of the dome over the centre Read on! →

  • Scotiabank Main Branch

    This jewel of Canadian architecture will take your breath away. In 1930, pre-eminent Canadian architect John Lyle was commissioned to design a new head office. This is the building that now stands at 1709 Hollis Street, and it is a Read on! →

  • St. Antonios Antiochian Orthodox Church

    This lovely iteration of Saint Antonios Church is a unique hybrid, exhibiting decorative features endemic to both Orthodox and Anglican denominations.  In 2010, the Saint Antionios congregation had outgrown its previous church building and purchased its neighbour across the street, St. Read on! →

  • St. Patrick’s Church

    The parish began unofficially in the 1830s as a mission parish, where the community gathered in a barn on the corner of Gottingen and Gerrish streets. By 1843, the Roman Catholic population had increased in the old North End, and the Read on! →

  • St. Paul’s Anglican Church

    St. Paul’s Anglican Church is the oldest Anglican church in North America and the oldest building in Halifax. The church opened in 1750, one year after the founding of Halifax. Services began several months later, even though it took 10 years Read on! →

  • Steele Ocean Sciences Building at Dalhousie University

    Dalhousie University’s Steele Ocean Sciences Building is home to world-class scientists working to better understand our mysterious and complex global ocean. Residents of the building include the CERC.OCEAN research group, Ocean Frontier Institute, Ocean Tracking Network, Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR) and the Aquatron Laboratory. Read on! →

  • Supreme Court – Family Division

    The building that houses the Family Division of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia was once Richmond School, built in 1921 to replace the original school that had been destroyed in the Halifax Explosion of 1917. The supreme court in Read on! →

  • The Alexander

    Linked to the historic Brewery Market, The Alexander is a brand new 23-storey residential development, combining European styling with impressive views of downtown Halifax and the Halifax harbour. The architect of the project is Michael Napier Architecture. Still under construction, Read on! →

  • The Dingle Tower

    The Memorial Tower (known locally as the Dingle Tower), completed in 1912 provides a sweeping view of Sir Sandford Fleming Park and the Northwest Arm. Located in an area of Halifax that was once part of Sir Sandford Fleming’s original Read on! →

  • Theodore Tugboat

      Theodore is a friendly tugboat who loves to discover and explore brand new things! Theodore Tugboat informs and entertains, bringing the sights and sounds of an actual working harbour to life. Explore the outer deck and inside wheelhouse of Read on! →

  • Veith House

    The building that’s home to Veith House was built in 1924 as the Halifax Protestant Orphanage to replace the previous orphanage that was destroyed in the Halifax Explosion seven years earlier. The orphanage closed in 1969 and shortly thereafter was re-established Read on! →