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Parliament Hill

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.

Like to make your stop at Parliament Hill even more memorable? Don't forget to try one or two of these activities:

You ought to think about purchasing a Best of Ottawa Tour Plus Helicopter Ride or an Ultimate Ottawa Tour while you're here. These activities are a few of the best.

If you'd like more activities, check out our Ottawa things to do page.


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Lord Elgin Hotel

Lord Elgin Hotel

100 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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    Fairmont Chateau Laurier

    Fairmont Chateau Laurier

    1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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      Capital Hill Hotel and Suites

      Capital Hill Hotel and Suites

      88 Albert St, Ottawa, ON
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Ottawa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of National Arts Centre, Parliament Hill and Rideau Centre. Byward Market Square and Shaw Centre are also within 15 minutes.

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        The Business Inn

        The Business Inn

        180 MacLaren Street, Ottawa, ON
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Centretown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Canadian Tribute to Human Rights and Museum of Nature. University of Ottawa and National Arts Centre are also within 15 minutes.

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          Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt

          Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt

          325 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa, ON
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            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 of Ottawa are also within 15 minutes.

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            Ottawa Marriott Hotel

            Ottawa Marriott Hotel

            100 Kent St, Ottawa, ON
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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              Le Germain Hotel Ottawa

              Le Germain Hotel Ottawa

              30 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, ON
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Ottawa, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ottawa Art Gallery, Rideau Centre and Shaw Centre. Byward Market Square and University of Ottawa are also within 10 minutes.

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                Les Suites Hotel Ottawa

                Les Suites Hotel Ottawa

                130 Besserer St, Ottawa, ON
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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