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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  • October 3, 2017
    Our visit to Parliament was a bit incomplete as Parliament was in session so we could not see the chambers themselves. Still it was interesting, and free. Just be sure to arrive early for tickets, the...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    The tickets are free, but you may have to wait in line to get a ticket. You may discover that there are no tours available for the rest of the day. Thereafter, you will probably have to return later i...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    We just walked around the grounds. Lovely. It was a Saturday in late September and the crowds were substantial, but there was no sense of congestion or crush.  more »
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  • June 30, 2017
    I feel like this is a must to see while Ottawa. Superb architecture and view. Unfortunately we went when they were setting up the stage for Canada 150 so view was obstructed. Seeing it at night is also really cool for pictures especially of the flame!
  • June 6, 2017
    Sadly, was only able to spend around 30 minutes outside the parliament building. All I know is I NEED to come back for a longer, multi-day visit. The historic buildings are impressive, many of which are within walking distance of each other. The river gives opportunities for photo-ops from either side. NEXT TIME! Visited July 2015
  • July 1, 2017
    Definitely worth checking out. Guided tour required and getting inside is just like going through TSA. Definitely stay after the tour is over and go up the tower. Really nice views from the top. Also look up at the clock tower and also look up at the elevator shaft from the bottom. The elevator is on a significant tilt which is pretty cool.
  • July 3, 2017
    Parliament is a must see for everyone and anyone. It's hard not to feel patriotic when here! Love all the statues and the rich history behind it all. Check out the view from centre block roof I captured during Canada Day!
  • June 21, 2017
    A must do experience for Canadians and visitors. Sit on the front pen for the picnic or take the free daily tours with the helpful tour guides. Tours can be found at the info building across the street !

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