Parliament Hill

sights / Architecture

Parliament Hill information

Location
Ottawa , Canada
Address
111 Wellington St
Telephone
+1 613 996 0896
More information
www.parl.gc.ca/Visitors
Opening hours
9am-5pm
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Vast, yawning archways, copper-topped turrets and Gothic revival gargoyles dominate the facade of the stunning lime and sandstone Parliament buildings. The main building, known as the Centre Block, supports the iconic Peace Tower, the highest structure in the city. Completed in 1865, Canada's nexus of political activity welcomes visitors year-round. You can downloand informative PDFs of self-guided walking tours from www.canadascapital.gc.ca, but we recommended the free 45-minute guided tours. From May to September a limited number of tickets are distributed from the Hill Centre, across the street. In other months, head to the main visitor entrance beneath the Peace Tower.

Question Time in the House of Commons occurs every afternoon and at 11am on Fridays, when parliament is in session. Visitors are welcomed to watch the antics on a first-come, first-served basis. Expect security checks. At 10am daily in summer, see the colorful changing of the guard on the front lawns, and at night enjoy the free bilingual sound-and-light show on Parliament Hill.