Doors Open 2018

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.

June 2 and 3, 2018, 10:00 am to 4:00 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.

  • Alderney Landing Cultural Centre

    Alderney Landing houses a professional, fully-equipped, 285-seat theatre. Because of its highly adaptable design, the theatre has been used for a wide variety of purposes since its construction, from dinner theatre to stadium seated, giant-screen arcade games to a dance Read on! →

  • Alexander Keith’s Brewery

    Construction of this substantial ironstone and granite complex was started in 1820 by Alexander Keith, a local brewer and well-respected Halifax citizen, who served as mayor in 1843 and again in 1853–54. The building was designed by William Hay, a Read on! →

  • Bank of Nova Scotia Main Branch

    In 1930, pre-eminent Canadian architect John Lyle was commissioned to design a new head office for the Bank of Nova Scotia. It’s a rare example in Canada of Renaissance-inspired architecture. Lyle was trained in the Beaux-Arts style. He worked to Read on! →

  • Beth Israel Synagogue

    Beth Israel, a modern orthodox synagogue, has its roots in the Baron de Hirsch Hebrew Benevolent Society, formed in 1890. Earlier places of worship in other parts of the city were eventually replaced by this building, finished in 1957. Beth Read on! →

  • Cambridge Military Library

    This diminutive red brick building in the far corner of Royal Artillery Park was the social and literary centre of 19th century military Halifax. The library opened in 1817 on Grafton Street and relocated to its present site in 1886. Read on! →

  • Cathedral Church of All Saints

    Erected in 1910, the Cathedral Church of All Saints is the home church of the Anglican Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Constructed of locally quarried stone and cast concrete (cutting edge technology in its day), All Saints Read on! →

  • City Greenhouses 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! →

  • Collaborative Health Education Building at Dalhousie University

    Completed in 2015, the Centre for Collaborative Clinical Learning and Research, located on the third floor of the CHEB, enables students from various health professions to come together to learn clinical skills essential to their future practice. In this hospital-like Read on! →

  • Dalhousie University Dalplex Fitness Centre

    Dalhousie’s new Fitness Centre is the first major facility expansion since Dalplex opened in 1979. The Fitness Centre, designed to meet the needs of our 18,000+ students and Dalplex members, features new strength and cardio space, over 250 pieces of Read on! →

  • Dalhousie University Forrest Building

    The historic Forrest Building, which from 1887 to 1914 housed the entire university, is now home to the schools of Nursing, Physiotherapy, and Occupational Therapy. The three-storey brick building was designed by Halifax architect J.G. Dumaresq. On your Doors Open Read on! →

  • Dalhousie University Goldberg Computer Science Building

      Opened in 1997, the 6,500-square-foot Goldberg Computer Science Building is a collaborative learning and research environment for students, faculty and staff working in the field of computer science. During Doors Open, visitors can take an interactive journey through time Read on! →

  • Dentistry Building at Dalhousie University

    The Faculty of Dentistry offers the only Doctor of Dental Surgery program in Atlantic Canada. The Dentistry Building, built in 1958 and recently renovated into a state-of-the-art facility, houses ultra-modern labs and a comprehensive dental clinic where over 6,000 adult Read on! →

  • Government House

    This is the oldest vice-regal residence in North America. Government House has been the residence of the sovereign’s representative in Nova Scotia for more than 200 years. For Doors Open Halifax weekend only, visitors will be able to get a Read on! →

  • Halifax City Hall

    This is one of the most popular venues on our roster! This building was the original home to Dalhousie College until 1887. Dalhousie University, celebrating its 200th anniversary this year, is pleased to present a special exhibit on the main Read on! →

  • Halifax Junior Bengal Lancers

    This non-profit riding society was founded in 1932. The building housing the Lancers was constructed in 1908 as the city’s works shop; it also housed police and fire horses. In 1942 it became home to the Lancers. It was one Read on! →

  • Halifax Provincial Courthouse

    This local landmark opened in 1860 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 Read on! →

  • HRM Materials Recovery Facility

    When your recycling is picked up at curbside it is taken to the Materials Recovery Facility. The recycling plant has been in operation since 1992 and services all of Halifax Regional Municipality. There are roughly 90 recycling trucks that deliver Read on! →

  • Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

    The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will be taking part in Doors Open again this year, offering a wide variety of fascinating programs to delight, educate and inform. Throughout the day, visitors can take part in fifteen-minute mini- tours called Read on! →

  • Neptune Theatre

    Theatre has been performed on this site since 1915. Following previous iterations as the Strand Theatre and the Garrick Repertory Theatre, the present Neptune Theatre was born in 1962. In the 1990s, the building underwent extensive reconstruction resulting in a Read on! →

  • Nova Scotia Community College Ivany Campus

    The waterfront site was recently renamed the Ivany Campus to honour the significant contributions of former NSCC President Ray Ivany. Ivany Campus is an environmentally-friendly facility with spectacular views of Halifax Harbour. The campus receives high marks for its green Read on! →

  • Nova Scotia Power Corporate Headquarters

    This stunning example of adaptive reuse, from power generating station to modern office complex, is the winner of numerous architectural and engineering design awards. It was designed by WZMH Architects of Toronto and is the first building in Atlantic Canada 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, parishioners of St. Paul’s and St. Matthew’s churches, members of Read on! →

  • Royal Artillery Park Officer’s Mess

    This, the oldest military mess in Canada, has been serving officers in the Halifax garrison since 1816. The site of RA Park was acquired in 1799 for £150, in the name of Prince Edward (father of Queen Victoria), to provide Read on! →

  • Sacred Heart School of Halifax

    Founded in 1849, Sacred Heart School of Halifax is the oldest continually operating private school in Halifax. The building was constructed in 1850 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart. Renovations in 1876 gave the school a more Victorian look. Read on! →

  • Scotiabank Centre

    Scotiabank Centre is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2018. The facility opened in 1978 as Metro Centre and in 2014 Scotiabank was awarded naming rights. Scotiabank Centre is the largest multipurpose facility in Atlantic Canada and serves as the region’s premier Read on! →

  • St. Paul’s Anglican Church

    This 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 to complete the Read on! →

  • Steele Ocean Sciences Building at Dalhousie University

    The 76,000-square-foot Steele Ocean Sciences Building was completed in 2012 and includes an electric car charging station, permeable pavement for stormwater control, passive lighting design, cycling support facilities, and other green features. On your Doors Open Halifax visit, the Faculties Read on! →

  • TD Centre, 17th Floor

    TD Centre is the home of Halifax’s Toronto-Dominion Bank main branch and offers marvellous views from its top floors. The original 18-floor complex was completed in 1974; its 2014 expansion added three more floors of office space. The project, which Read on! →

  • The Alexander and Brewery Market

    The Brewery Market is a historic multi-use complex which dates back to 1820. This landmark is home to Keith’s Brewery (one of the oldest breweries in Canada) and well-known retailers and services, including the Halifax Brewery Farmer’s Market, the oldest Read on! →