Parliament Hill and Buildings, Ottawa

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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. With our world travel planner, Ottawa attractions like Parliament Hill and Buildings can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • We lined up before 9:00 am in 90 degree to get our tickets but the tours were well worth it. Lots of history. The library is beautiful.  more »
  • It is right in the Centre, you can see it by itself. At 10 am the changing of the guard takes place. Nice to it once experienced. By the way, are all monuments texts mentioned about what such a monument.
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  • You definitely need to get in line before they open. We were there at 8am (they open at 9) and it was around the block before the doors opened. It’s free, but you need tickets. The Center Block tour w...  more »
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  • Guide was amazing and had a lot of good information to explain to the group, was very knowledgeable and answered all questions asked - which was only one by a little girl: "will we see Mr. Justin Trudeau?" - his response was, "fingers crossed, I hope so!". Very positive way to answer. :) Was nice to visit before the building closes for a decade. View at the top of the Peace Tower is stunning. Wish I had a library as beautiful as the one in the Parliament building.
  • Stood in line to get free tickets to a lovely tour. Super security. I forgot I had a small banned item in my purse. Sorry to hold up the line, but my very messy small bag was practically emptied to find the item. The tour was informing and the guide had a great projecting voice. The building was beautiful and interesting. Unfortunately, if you read this in September or later, tours are suspended for 10 years. The parliament building will be undergoing major renovations. The government entities will do their business in another building.
  • Although it is the Canadian Parliament but it is an iconic building, a piece of art and symbolic in nature. All sorts of activities take place here. From Canada Day huge celebrations, Christmas lights in Dec and, last but not least, the Northern Lights that happens on almost 2 months span in July and August around sunset. All the aforementioned are free of charge including the Parliament tours which are given based on first come, first serve basis. You might be lucky and have a chance to tour the Peace Tower. Great to be there!
  • This was a very unique experience. I would have liked to take the free tour, but we didn't have the time. Tickets would have been easy enough to get from the information building, but the time slots left available didn't fit our schedule. I was grateful for the water fountain equipped with a bottle spout so we could fill up our water bottles as it was a hot day and we'd walked about 5 blocks from where we had parked our car. Also in the information center were public bathrooms in the basement. They walk around the parliament complex was easy enough, even with a stroke and the guards were delightful to chat with. The West end of the complex was under construction as they are currently restoring and renovating the buildings so we didn't get to see what was over there. There are brochures at information that can be used for a self guided tour.
  • Central to the city and the country. Historic. Personally it is significant as I took post proposal pictures at the eternal flame with my fiancee/spouse. The summers are terrific for Wednesday yoga and light show on the main building Central Block. Winter's are pretty and once again there is a light show. No matter how many times I go it does not get old. It is one of the majestic buildings of our young nation regardless of its colonial nature.
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