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Parliament Hill and Buildings, Ottawa

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Government Building Historic Site
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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  • You need to go to the big ? sign opposite to get (free) tickets. We were there at 9.30am and the first English speaking tour was 3.50pm, so go early and plan ahead if your time is limited. Once on the...  more »
  • What an amazing place to visit. Be warned that you need to get your tickets for the tours the day of the tour and they go fast. The tickets are across the street and they open at 9. We were there at 1...  more »
  • The tours are very sterile. Students going from prepared scripts and not allowed to go off-script. "Where are the bullet holes from the terrorist attack???" The library is impressive, though of what u...  more »
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  • 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
  • This was definitely a great place to go and visit whether you're touring or you live in the city. It is rich with history. The reason I cannot give this place a 5/5 is the poor planning that went into setting up the tours for the peace tower and the building itself. We walked up to the building and waited in line out in the cold only to be turned away because we didn't have any tickets. There were no signs for where to go or what to do nearby and many people had to get out of lines to buy tickets. The problem was the place to buy tickets was at the end of the hill and across the street.. I didn't understand this. However, the tickets were free. Also if your bag didn't fit in the cubby, it was too big so you had to check it before heading back across the street. This was inconvenient because you either had to ditch your winter gear there or take it with you and hold it or be really hot. Everything else was great so it was worth it in the end.
  • One of the best walks I've been on in a while. So much to look at my head was on a swivel. As a fan of architecture, this is the place for you and anyone else who enjoys that sort of thing.
  • Finally got to go on a guided tour after living in the city for many years and it was great! We arrived early (9:10AM) at the tour centre to pick up free tickets for a tour in the afternoon. I'd definitely recommend going early so you can choose what time you want your tour to be. Tour size was around 15 people which wasnt too big. The tour guide was very informative and friendly. Best part was going up the Peace Tower to see the incredible view - it was a bit of a wait but totally worth it!
  • A must visit to experience Canada's history. It's busy but the tours are worth the wait. Recommend walking around the back of the building for bronze statues of our founding Prime Ministers and views of surrounding area