Parliament Hill

Parliament Hill
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Spend a day enjoying the lively debates, artworks, library and Gothic Revival architecture of Canada’s political heart.

The center of the Canadian government is situated on a 170-foot (50-meter) hilltop overlooking the Ottawa River. Home to the members of Parliament, the Senate and the House of Commons, the buildings on Parliament Hill are a stunning example of Gothic Revival architecture. 

Parliament Hill is a National Historic Site and was the home of Canada’s first government. Explore the Peace Tower and the Memorial Chamber, a monument to Canadians who have lost their lives in conflict since the Confederation. The Peace Tower has an observation area as well as a carillon of 53 bells. Visit the Library of Parliament, a 16-sided domed structure with an impressive range of books in its collection. In the center of the room stands the marble statue of a young Queen Victoria.

Wander through the House of Commons foyer to see stone carvings and painted panels representing key moments in Canada’s political, economic and social history. On the ceiling, glass panels show images of the English rose, the French fleur-de-lis and the three symbolic maple leaves of Canada. 

Take a seat in the public galleries of the Senate and House of Commons to hear parliamentarians debate national issues. The Senate is furnished with plush red upholstery, a gold-leaf ceiling and works of art designed to remind parliamentarians of the country they are serving. In the House of Commons, the green decorations reflect the British House of Commons while the stained-glass windows depict floral images from the Canadian provinces. Below the windows, sculptures detail elements of Canada’s Constitution.

The buildings on Parliament Hill are open to visitors free of charge. Located in downtown Ottawa, they are easily accessible on foot or by bicycle and public transportation. There is no on-site public car parking at Parliament Hill however, you can park for a fee in lots nearby. Opening hours and access vary throughout the year, so check the website or call ahead for details.

Top Hotels Close to Parliament Hill

The Business Inn
The Business Inn
2.5 out of 5
180 MacLaren Street, Ottawa, ON, K2P0L3
The price is CA $118 per night from Feb. 5 to Feb. 6
CA $118
per night
Feb. 5 - Feb. 6
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Ottawa. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
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Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
4.5 out of 5
1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON, K1N 8S7
The price is CA $269 per night from Feb. 12 to Feb. 13
CA $269
per night
Feb. 12 - Feb. 13
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Ottawa. Enjoy 3 restaurants, breakfast, and WiFi. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,618 reviews)
"The Chateau Laurier is absolutely beautiful. We had a gorgeous view of Parliament and downtown Ottawa. Parking is expensive at $60 a day with Valet being your only option but worth every penny in the end. Every ice machine was broken when we were there but room service quickly brought us buckets ..."

Reviewed on Jan. 27, 2023

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Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt
Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt
4 out of 5
325 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa, ON, K1N 7G1
The price is CA $210 per night from Feb. 2 to Feb. 3
CA $210
per night
Feb. 2 - Feb. 3
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Ottawa. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
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The Business Inn
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2.5 out of 5
180 MacLaren Street, Ottawa, ON, K2P0L3
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Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
4.5 out of 5
1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON, K1N 8S7
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Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt
Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt
4 out of 5
325 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa, ON, K1N 7G1
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reStays Ottawa
4 out of 5
101 Queen St, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5C7
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Lord Elgin Hotel
Lord Elgin Hotel
4 out of 5
100 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, K1P5K8
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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ottawa Downtown East, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ottawa Downtown East, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
235 KING EDWARD AVENUE, Ottawa, ON, K1N 7L8
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Byward Blue Inn
Byward Blue Inn
3 out of 5
157 Clarence St., Ottawa, ON, K1N 5P7
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The Westin Ottawa
The Westin Ottawa
4 out of 5
11 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON, K1N 9H4
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Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
3.5 out of 5
130 Besserer St, Ottawa, ON, K1N9M9
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