Doors Open Halifax June 4-5, 2016
Hugh MacKay, past president of Doors Open Halifax, visits the Rotary Club of Dartmouth East on March 7, 2016.
In 2013, Halifax partook in their first Doors Open Halifax, an event where the public can celebrate various buildings in the city of Halifax.
When Hugh MacKay first moved to Halifax, there was no Doors Open like in other cities.  Doors Open was one of his favourite events so he began discussions with various people involved in property development and Heritage Trust.  It didn't take long for many businesses, government and public, to be enthusiastic about being involved with Doors Open Halifax.  Doors Open celebrates various types of buildings but hopes to have a good collection with religious, social, and government significance.  About 7 500 visits were expected the first year.  However, a surprising 18 000 visits occurred and then the following year there were 36 000 visits.  Clearly many people were curious about many of our city's historical buildings.  Each year, more people become aware and excited of this event.  For the first two years, Major Savage was the honorary chair and this past year the lieutenant governor was the chair.
Various buildings taking part this year are:
  • Government House
  • MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning
  • Scotiabank on Hollis street 
  • Beth Israel synagogue 
  • University of Kings College
  • Alexander Keith's brewery
  • Steele Ocean Sciences Building at Dalhousie
  • Halifax Fire Department Station #2 
  • Waegwoltic house
  • Neptune theatre
  • Halifax Courthouse 
  • Old Town Clock
  • and more...
For a complete list, go to the site:
Doors Open Halifax is a nonprofit, a community driven program sponsored by private companies.  There is a volunteer board who work with a small operating budget (75% from corporate sponsorship)
There are over 200 volunteers and the number of venues is limited to 30.
For more information, go to
If you would like to volunteer, please visit the website :) 
Question to Mr. MacKay:
- Is there a building on your wish list?
Hugh said there are so many important buildings to celebrate in Halifax but Princess lodge would be exciting to add.