Ottawa, Canada’s capital, is full of history, museums, and incredible architecture. Parliament Hill is found on a small hill along the Ottawa River and is home to the Canadian Parliament.
The Gothic revival suite of buildings stands on a former military base. In 1859, Queen Victoria chose Ottawa as Canada’s capital and construction began on The Hill. The final component of Parliament Hill was completed in 1927 when the Peace Tower opened.
There are two tour options, the Centre Block Tour and the East Block tour:
The Centre Block is home to the Senate, House of Commons and Library of Parliament. Tours last between 20 and 50 minutes, depending on what is happening at the parliament during your visit. Your tour guide will point out of the architectural details within the building, show you the Senate and House of Commons (where all the televised debates take place), and you can even take a step inside the incredible Library of Parliament, where all of the information and research is kept on the parliament. Tours of the Centre Block are free! You can pick up a ticket and an allotted time slot across the road from Parliament Hill at the visitor center.
The East Block tours operate between July and September and last approximately 30 minutes. Tours will take you through the offices of Canada’s first prime minister and his colleagues. Tickets must be purchased across the road at the visitor center.
Visit the Parliament’s official website to help plan your visit!