Last Saturday (i.e. 3 days ago), Wanda and I went to Doors Open Ottawa.
I'm pretty sure I've talked about it before - but in case I'm wrong, let me recap. On the first weekend in June, various places in Ottawa open their doors to the public. It's free, and there is a published list so that you can choose where to go in advance. If you've ever wanted to see the sewage treatment plant, various museums or churches, or the old train station, this is your chance. Many of the places have tours, but some you can just wander through at your own pace.
This year we went to three place:
1) Rideau Hall, home of the Governor General, where you can see how often we hit up visiting dignitaries for gardening/tree-planting help;
2) Abbotsford House - a former seniors' home from the late 1800s, now a senior centre, and
3) The Carriageway - a building downtown that used to be 4 hotels, now an office building
As always, it was fun, and the people running the event were very friendly and helpful. It was interesting to see how things have changed (the inhabitants of the seniors' home were called "inmates"), and it was a good chance to go see Rideau Hall (which I could admittedly do any day in the summer, but have somehow managed to avoid for the past 18 years).
Maybe we'll get to the sewage treatment plant next year.
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