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Doors Open YYC (DOYYC)

Doors Open is an international concept that allows people free access to buildings in order to create enthusiasm for heritage and contemporary architecture, and to increase the appreciation of historic and culturally significant places and spaces.
Doors Open YYC will take place in Calgary on Saturday, September 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes several sites operated by The City of Calgary.
We are opening our doors to the public, free of charge, and offering an insight into the heritage, history and workings of the following places:

Alexandra School

Location: 922 9 Avenue SE
This is Calgary’s second sandstone school designed by the same architect responsible for the design of the old City Hall. During the tour, you will learn about the history of the building and it’s most famous principal, William Aberhart who was the founder and leader of the Alberta Social Credit Party and Premier of Alberta from 1935 to 1943.

Fire Hall # 2

Location: 1807 Macleod Trail S
This building provided fire protection for the surrounding districts for over 60 years and is now an administration building. It is a well-preserved example of Edwardian Classical architecture and the only surviving building in Calgary of a combined fire hall and police station from the pre-World War One period.
The tour will include the building, parking lot, bylaw vehicles and information on the various programs that are managed from here such as the off-leash ambassador program, graffiti removal, community clean ups and PUPPY – Pick Up Pooch’s Poo Yourself. There will be an equipment display and a fleet display which will include an animal truck and an EMS ambulance.

Fire Hall # 6

Location: 1111 Memorial Dr NW
Fire Hall #6
Constructed in 1906 and serving as a fire station until 1967, this historic building is now home to several artists under our Artists in Residence program. The building is a utilitarian example of Edwardian Classicism and the tours offer the opportunity to learn about the heritage aspects of the building while spending time with the artists and discovering their work. 

Historic Holy Angels School

Location: 2105 Cliff Street SW
Holy Angels School
A hub of educational activity from 1919 to 2008, this building is a Georgian Revival-style design which offers an insight into the Roman Catholic history of the area. Since 2010, it has been occupied by our Arts and Culture staff, who will elaborate on the history of the building and the work that goes on there such as our public art program, how we assist with events in Calgary and our intercultural resources and tools.

Colonel Walker House & Carriage House

Location: 2425 9 Avenue SE
Walker House was built in 1910 and was the first house in Calgary to have verandas. It is rarely open to the public so this is a great opportunity to see the inside of the house and the upstairs is only open for this event. The tour will encapsulate the unique features of the house and the carriage house, please meet at the Nature Centre for tours on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pine Creek Wastewater Treatment Centre

Location: 3131 210 Avenue SE
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Wastewater treatment plant
Learn about the complex, fascinating process how to take all the waste that flows from the sinks, drains and toilets of Calgary and turn it into clear clean water that is returned to the Bow River. Find out why Calgary is a leader among major Canadian cities in treating wastewater and how the building and site were developed to earn a Cold rating for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
Guided tours are available at 10.30 a.m., 12.30 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. Register upon arrival at the site. Tours will be filled on a first come first served basis.
Please note the following important tour information:
  • Minimum age is 12 years old and children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Children under 12 are welcome to visit the site and participate in other fun learning activities.
  • Closed-toed shoes and long pants are required.
  • All participants will be required to fill out a Waiver of Liability.

Shepard Waste Management Facility

Location: 12111 68 Street SE
Built in the 1970s on a site east of the former Shepard airfield where World War Two pilots were trained, this one hour bus tour offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at what happens to all the garbage we throw away. You will learn about the science involved in landfills and how we run a complete waste management facility. We will explore the different areas of the site and find out how our diversion efforts are helping to reduce the need to landfill our garbage. Highlights include seeing an active landfill cell, the site of the new composting facility, outdoor composting and the Throw ‘n’ Go area.
Guided tours begin at 10.30 a.m., 12.30 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. The meeting place for the tour is at the white garages near the landfill at the unmarked set of lights between 52 Street and 68 Street. Please do not go directly to the Shepard Landfill. 

Union Cemetery & Reader Rock Garden

Location: 311 25 Avenue SE
During the tour of the rock garden and cemetery you will learn about the history of the location, the various rocks and plants on site, who William Roland Reader was and the stories of the many famous Calgarians who are laid to rest here in the heart of the city.