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Parliament Hill and Buildings, Ottawa

Categories: Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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See where Canada's most important desicions are made at Parliament Hill and Buildings. Architecturally reminiscent of Westminster in London, the parliament buildings, which overlook the Ottawa River, were founded in 1859 and completed in 1927. Today Ottawa residents think of the precinct as the heart of their city. Take a tour through the parliament buildings and surrounding gardens to gain an appreciation of the Canadian political process. Put Parliament Hill and Buildings into our Ottawa vacation trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Ottawa.
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  • The capital of Canada leaves nothing to be desired. And the Parliament Hill follows â scratch gold standard of beauty. Is the card of the city and, of course, obligatory stop. It's good to get there early and try the popular (and free) entry in the building. Sensational!
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  • Visiting the parliament buildings gave me a whole new perspective on being Canadian! It is a beautiful building and all Canadians should visit it at least once in their lifetime! The tours are free bu...  read more »
  • We decided to get the free tickets for a guided tour of the main block , and it was certainly informative. Just be prepared for a half hour lineup to get through the "airport-like" security check befo...  read more »
  • If you want to do the free tour, show up at 830 or 845am to line up for one hour (weekday in August.) It was definitely worth it though. Very cool and important part of Canada.
  • The nation's capital! It's a great place to tour. The scenery is beautiful (well, if it wasn't always under construction it'd be a bit nicer). The prices are reasonable and the surrounding area is filled with tons of Ottawa's specialty foods. Definitely a must visit if you're in Ottawa.
  • We showed up at 8:20am to get tickets and were 100 deep in line. People that were there at 8 were 27th in line. My favorite stop in Ottawa so far. Tours of East block and Center Block were great. If you remember your high school Canadian History, nothing is really new information. However, seeing where things happen and the architecture is something else. Light show is a great way to spend the evening.
  • Ohhhhh Canada! First time visit to our nation's capital. We could not help but feel extra proud to be a Canadian. Ottawa city in general is a beautiful city but the piece de resistance is Parliament Hill. One should not leave Ottawa without taking a tour through the grounds and the buildings. They offer a free tour of the Centre Block that contains the House of Commons and Senate Chambers and of course the iconic Peace Tower (tours can be busy). They are all very majestic in their own way. However, the most impressive area for me was the Library of Parliament. It is beautiful. A must see for all Canadians and those who visit Canada from abroad.
  • The place is breathtaking both inside and outside. We especially appreciated the fact that the entrance to the Parliament and its Peace Tower was completely free. They have a good system in making reservations for guided tours - you need to pick up the tickets in the opposite building to the Parliament. They only have a limited number of tickets for each tour that departa as often as every 10 minutes. Even though you come in the morning they still have tickets for afternoon tours. There are 2 different tickets - for the Peace tower and for the Parliament. The one around Parliament tskes about 40 minutes.
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