Doors Open YYC 2014: Opening Our Minds to New Possibilities
The first week of the fall season marks a very special event in the hearts and minds of Calgarians who are interested in architecture, arts, athletics, engineering and science – it’s called, Doors Open YYC!
Just like in the past, Doors Open YYC opens up some of Calgary’s most interesting and recognized sites to the public for free of charge. Yes, that’s right, absolutely FREE!
What is Doors Open YYC?
Doors Open YYC’s concept is adopted from other international communities where local heritage sites and other important cultural centres such as museums for example give visitors free access.
The purpose is to establish a new enthusiasm for local culture and increase vibrancy through community engagement that won’t last only for the duration of the event, but for many days to come.
- When: September 27th – 28th, 2014 – Saturday and Sunday
- Where: Over 33 different venues
- Cost: Absolutely FREE!!!
From museums and historical sites to industrial complexes and ice cream shops, Doors Open YYC 2014 has a little bit of something for everyone.
Here are our top five recommended events you check out this year:
- Address – 707 13th Avenue SW
- Sat & Sun: 10:00am to 3:30pm
The Lougheed House is one of the oldest buildings in Calgary. Built in 1891 for James and Isabella Lougheed and family, it gives us a glimpse of what life was like for some of our city’s earliest residents.
OLIVER BOWEN MAINTENANCE FACILITY
- Address – 3910 54th Avenue NE
- Sat & Sun: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Calgary Transit’s LRT system transports more than 250,000 people on a daily basis and that is just the C-Trains! See where and how the maintenance of these much needed trains as well as other Calgary Transit vehicles takes place at the Oliver Bowen Maintenance Facility.
SOUTHLAND LEISURE CENTRE
- Address – 2000 Southland Drive SW
- Tours every hour from 10:30am to 3:30pm
One of Calgary’s best indoor recreational centres is opening its doors for behind the scenes tours, and of course free admission to all of its facilities – great for the family!
- Address – 1410 Olympic Way SE
- Sat – 10:00am to 5:00pm, Sun – 11:00am to 4:00pm
Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at “the greatest outdoor show on Earth”? If so, you’ll want to check out this event at Doors Open YYC 2014!
CANADA SPORTS HALL OF FAME
- Address – 169 Canada Olympic Road SW
- Sat & Sun: 11:00am to 3:00pm
Countless Canadian sport relics and a deep history of our nation’s greatest athletes await you at the Canada Sports Hall of Fame in Canada Olympic Park. Don’t miss this once a year opportunity to experience it all for free!
To experience this year’s event to the fullest, it is highly recommended that you do a bit of homework before the 27th and 28th to see which events you would like to attend. Check it out at doorsopenyyc.org before it’s too late!
Doors Open YYC is great all-aged event for people from all walks of life. Even those who may not have an interest in architecture, arts, athletics, engineering or science may just discover something new about themselves, their community and the world while they’re at it.
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