Toronto was the first city in North America to launch this prestigious event dedicated to built heritage, architecture and design.
Developed as a millennium project in 2000 by the City of Toronto, Doors Open Toronto has since attracted more than 2 million visitors to hundreds of buildings across the city.
In 2002, inspired by the successful Toronto program, the Ontario Heritage Foundation (now the Ontario Heritage Trust) launched Doors Open Ontario.
Doors Open International
The inspiration for Doors Open Toronto came from Europe. France was the first country to launch its Doors Open program in 1984, followed by Glasgow in 1990. Currently, 48 European countries participate every September during European Heritage Month. In addition, Australia and the United States have also joined the highly successful Doors Open movement.