Parliament Hill and Buildings

Parliament Hill and Buildings

Parliament Hill and Buildings
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Three Gothic Revival-style buildings, located on a 170-foot bluff overlooking the Ottawa River, house the offices of the members of Parliament, the House of Commons and the Senate. Free guided tours delve into Canadian history and explain the workings of the political system.
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Peter H
Mississauga, Canada336 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
One of the key postcard photos of what is uniquely Canadian. It is the House of Parliament in Canada and tours are available by appointment. One is free to walk around the outdoor premises and the back of the building provides a good view of the river and the city of Hull, Quebec.
Written 30 October 2022
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Geminican
San Jose, CA2,065 contributions
Aug 2022
The Canadian Parliament Building is one of "must visits" for Ottawa. The exterior architecture is eye-catching and is the landmark of Ottawa, you can't miss it.

Better to reserve tickets online in advance.

Unlike most parliaments in the world where both the Senate and House of Commons are located in the same building.
The Senate is inside the Government Conference Center across street from Fairmont Chateau Laurier. About 10 minutes non-stop walk from the Parliament Building Entrance. Only the House of Commons is inside the Parliament Building.

In Canada, it's located in two separate buildings. You need two separate tickets to enter both. One for the Senate and another one for the House of Commons. Both are worth visiting, so do both if you have time.

AND, taking the guided tour is the ONLY way to enter both buildings.

The tour offers two languages: English and French. Canada is a bilingual country. Each tour lasts about 45 minutes to an hour. All curators for the House of Commons are well trained and provided similar or not identical information. That shows high quality of the curators, though the curator quality at the Senate varies. Jacklyn, for example, was average, did not go into many details or share about activities and things that took place in the Senate.

If you don't have advanced reservations, visit the visitor center inside of the Parliament Building will allow you to obtain entry tickets; and that's the ONLY way. If you don't have the ticket and showing up at the Senate, you can't enter. They will send you over to the Parliament Building and go back, which can be another 30-60 minute round trip assuming no long lines for ticket purchase.

Be on time. Because it's so popular, if you are late, they may not be able to let you in because they want to control # of visitors inside of the building at any given time for security purpose.

Most staff were helpful and courteous except for a staff called Gregg at the Parliament Visitor Center Entrance that was inflexible. When I arrived a bit late, he immediately told me I must queue in line and waited, perhaps catching the last 5 minutes of the tour if I was lucky. And if they couldn't clear the security, I would not be able to enter nor go for a later tour even if there were spots available. I asked him what I could see and couldn't see the last five minutes, he couldn't provide any specifics either, and tried to send me away.

There were other staff who practiced active listening by providing specifics and helped me get a ticket for a later tour. I don't appreciate Gregg, but I am thankful for other staff who helped me work this out.

When visiting the Parliament in UK, the curator talks about how Queen Elizabeth and members of the Senate and House of Commons would do on the day of opening the session each year. The Canadian parliament tours did not provide similar type of information, which I wish they had done it.
Written 30 October 2022
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SLH
St. John's, Canada296 contributions
Oct 2022
Absolutely stunning architecture and grounds. Makes for a beautiful day to walk through the grounds and take photos and admire the architecture. A must do
Written 24 October 2022
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Charlie S
Fife, UK64 contributions
Sep 2022
Good area to visit with lots of statues and impressive buildings. Good views of the river from the walkway around the outside. Unfortunately, almost impossible to get a really good photograph without a giant crane appearing in it.
Written 21 October 2022
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christina175
Wirral, UK290 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Nice enough but covered in scaffolding and couldn’t go inside any of the buildings which was a bit disappointing as not much really to see in Ottawa.
Written 19 October 2022
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ozart
Salmon Arm, Canada259 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
As with most of Ottawa it seems there is tons of construction going on so couldnt see everything. We did, however do tours of the upper and lower houses which were informative and very well done. The wole area is quite lovely especialy with the fall colours.
Written 19 October 2022
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adirondakjak
Toronto, Canada6 contributions
Sep 2022
My wife has mentioned to me that she had never seen the government buildings in Ottawa, so I had reserve tickets a month in advance. We drove to Ottawa from New Brunswick, booked a room at the Ottawa Marriott so that we would be within walking distance of the House of Commons and the Senate, both for which I had tickets to visit.

We went to the entrance to the House of Commons at the appointed time, and were told that there were no tours that day due to the stat holiday, which seem to be sprouting up like weeds for government workers. The following week, I called the parliamentary tour office to discuss this tremendous waste of time and money that was caused for me and they said that the tours were cancelled because they had no tour guides. They said that they notified all the ticketholders on the 28th of September, but on the day of the scheduled tour, I checked my email and spam, and there was nothing. What a waste of time and money. Yet again, the Government of Canada, fails to deliver to its citizens. Stuff happens, but TELL US!. Look what we put up with under this Trudeau government... inability to issue passports, inability to get people through security at airports, poor management of health care, inability to manage the border efficiently. And in this case, the inability to even honour a tour date which was scheduled and for which I have tickets, or to even properly notify me that the tour was cancelled. So simple, but not for the government of Canada. Yet, I send in my taxes on time. At least I am dependable.

The buildings are beautiful, but unfortunately the government issues tickets for a tour that did nor that they planned to conduct. Another Government of Canada let down.
Written 7 October 2022
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haveboozewilltravel
California657 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Although tours of Parliament were not available during the Tuesday and Wednesday of our visit to Ottawa, the majestic Parliament Hill as seen from the Hull Island Bridge is a three star attraction even with all the cranes and scaffolding during the extensive renovation.
Written 6 October 2022
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MrsWYN-R
North Yorkshire, UK2,877 contributions
Sep 2022
The parliamentary buildings can be found in a large grassed square. The architecture is quite stunning although at the moment there is refurb work being carried out to preserve them - slightly noisy and parts of the buildings are hidden by boards.

This area really adds to the city as the buildings are old yet well maintained ( hence the buidling works). Security is strong with a police presence yet this does not detract from seeing what you need to.
Written 30 September 2022
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Codiak!
Abbotsford, Canada10,413 contributions
Sep 2022
We were fortunate to visit Ottawa while the nightly Northern Lights show was still being presented at the Parliament buildings. If you are visiting in summer be sure to take in this spectacular presentation of Canadian history! There are police and security personnel wandering everywhere so you definitely feel safe.
Written 29 September 2022
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