Parliament Hill

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Parliament Hill which includes heritage architecture and an administrative building

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.

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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
Fully refundable
The price is CA $175 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in Downtown Ottawa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Byward Market Square, Shaw Centre, and National Gallery of Canada. Parliament Hill and University ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,412 reviews)
"Friendly & helpful staff, great breakfast downstairs (but only opens at 8am), room has good out of the way storage & interesting modern design / feel."

Reviewed on Sep. 20, 2021

Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
4.5 out of 5
1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $254 per night from Oct 7 to Oct 7
Located in Downtown Ottawa, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of National War Memorial, Shaw Centre, and National Arts Centre. Byward Market Square ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,977 reviews)
"We checked in on first day of vaccine passport requirement. Seamless in all restaurants we dined in at Chateau. My only complaint was that same menu we had for our lunch at Les Terrasses was offered for our dinner at Zoe’s. I should have inquired. We were able to check in well ahead of our scheduled ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 23, 2021

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The Westin Ottawa
The Westin Ottawa
4 out of 5
11 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON
Fully refundable
The price is CA $183 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in Downtown Ottawa, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shaw Centre, Byward Market Square, and Parliament Hill. University of Ottawa ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,091 reviews)
"Clean and quiet"

Reviewed on Sep. 22, 2021

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Ottawa Marriott Hotel
Ottawa Marriott Hotel
4 out of 5
100 Kent St, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $135 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
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Fairmont Chateau Laurier
4.5 out of 5
1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $254 per night from Oct 7 to Oct 7
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The Westin Ottawa
4 out of 5
11 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $183 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
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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
The price is CA $175 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
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Delta Hotels by Marriott Ottawa City Centre
Delta Hotels by Marriott Ottawa City Centre
4 out of 5
101 Lyon Street, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $152 per night from Oct 7 to Oct 7
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Novotel Ottawa City Centre
3.5 out of 5
33 Nicholas St, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $147 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
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Arc The Hotel
Arc The Hotel
4 out of 5
140 Slater St, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $144 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
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Alt Hotel Ottawa
Alt Hotel Ottawa
3.5 out of 5
185 Slater Street, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $167 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
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Sheraton Ottawa Hotel
4 out of 5
150 Albert St, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $143 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
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