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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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Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
4.5 out of 5
1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $230 per night from May 4 to May 5
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! (2,144 reviews)
"I like that it was like in the museum. Exceptional service, tasty food."

Reviewed on Apr. 5, 2021

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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 $148 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
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 ...
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"The modern style hotel with very functional design. I love it a lot. The location is just at bayWard market. The AC didn’t work well, so it was a bit hot at night."

Reviewed on Apr. 14, 2021

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Arc The Hotel
Arc The Hotel
4 out of 5
140 Slater St, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $119 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
Located in Downtown Ottawa, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of National Arts Centre, Parliament Hill, and Rideau Centre. Byward Market Square ...
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"Very good location, however hotel is dated. Rooms are clean and are in good condition but they are dated too."

Reviewed on Mar. 28, 2021

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Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
4.5 out of 5
1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $230 per night from May 4 to May 5
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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 $148 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt
Arc The Hotel
Arc The Hotel
4 out of 5
140 Slater St, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $119 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
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Ottawa Marriott Hotel
Ottawa Marriott Hotel
4 out of 5
100 Kent St, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $119 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
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Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Downtown
Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Downtown
3 out of 5
361 Queen Street, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $110 per night from May 1 to May 2
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Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
Les Suites Hotel Ottawa
3.5 out of 5
130 Besserer St, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $130 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
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Sheraton Ottawa Hotel
Sheraton Ottawa Hotel
4 out of 5
150 Albert St, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $119 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
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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 $119 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
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Novotel Ottawa City Centre
Novotel Ottawa City Centre
3.5 out of 5
33 Nicholas St, Ottawa, ON
The price is CA $115 per night from May 2 to May 3
Novotel Ottawa City Centre
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