Parliament Hill

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111 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Canada
(613) 992-4793
Parliament Hill - an example of the amazing architecture inside. this is the atrium at centre block
Parliament Hill - an example of the amazing architecture inside. this is the atrium at centre block

Parliament Hill Ottawa Reviews

nomadjulian nomadjul…
2 reviews
Very cool, even for someone who lives here. Jun 19, 2011
I've lived in Ottawa for over a year and finally got around to doing a tour of Parliament. I wasn't really expecting much, but it was actually very interesting. The architecture is stunning and the House of Commons and Senate are incredible. Even more incredible is the Library. Three levels of floor to ceiling books that the tour guide said would stretch all the way up Mount Everest and down the other side if laid out side by side. If you go to Parliament hill be sure to check out the cat sanctuary at the back of the building. It's been around forever but not many people know about it. It's basically a hangout for feral cats that live in and around the area, they are fed twice a day everyday by volunteers and are very friendly!

This is a great way to spend a couple hours for tourists visiting the city.
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j_ouellet23 j_ouelle…
1 reviews
Ceremonial Guard Aug 07, 2011
Anybody who comes to Ottawa from July to the end of August every year, must take a trip to see the changing of the guards. This is done everyday at 10 am on the dot.

It is a military ceremony done by the Ceremonial Guard of the Canadian Forces.

There is wonderful music to be heard and impressive military drill and precision to be seen.
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peppertm peppertm
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Canada's Parliament Jul 28, 2010
When visiting Parliament Hill in the summer, you should try to get there by 10AM in order to see the Changing of the Guard. It is a colourful spectacle, however get there early in order to get a good spot to stand. Before finding your spot, though, get your ticket for a free tour of the Parliament Building. Tickets are available for the Centre Block and East Block buildings. I’d recommend the Centre Block tour in order to see the Senate and the House of Commons. The building itself is pretty amazing. The architecture is something to see. The guided tour is very informative. I thought I knew quite a bit about my own government, but this taught me I don’t know as much as I thought I did. Once done the guided tour, there is an option to go up the elevator to the top of the Peace Tower. The views over Ottawa and Gatineau are amazing! The lines to get into the building, and to get onto the elevator to go up the tower were long, so be patient, because it is well worth the wait!
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kathsmith82 kathsmit…
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Jun 20, 2007
I would definately recommend a trip to Parliament Hill, best on a sunny day really for good pictures!

There are good views from the top of the hill and in the evenings there is a lasar light show about the history of Canada on the parliament building which is free but you must get there early to get a seat! Groundhogs can also be spotted by the cat sanctuary in the evenings!
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silan says:
The tour of Centre Block at Parliament was a great tour. This is a busy tour no matter what time of year, especially on nice days, so if you're planning to go, get your (free) ticket first, that way if you can only get a tour later, it won't be too late in the day and you can go do something else in the meantime. If you speak french, or can understand enough, french tours are also given and are usually much less full providing a more intimate tour. If you go up the elevator to the observation deck at the top of the clock tower after the tour, you can get great views of Ottawa from above. As well, in the summer months, the changing of the guards occur every day at 10am.
Posted on: Jun 22, 2007
silan says:
I agree! The tour of Centre Block at Parliament was a great tour. This is a busy tour no matter what time of year, especially on nice days, so if you're planning to go, get your (free) ticket first, that way if you can only get a tour later, it won't be too late in the day and you can go do something else in the meantime. If you speak french, or can understand enough, french tours are also given and are usually much less full providing a more intimate tour. If you go up the elevator to the observation deck at the top of the clock tower after the tour, you can get great views of Ottawa from above. As well, in the summer months, the changing of the guards occur every day at 10am.
Posted on: Jun 22, 2007
silan silan
59 reviews
Jun 15, 2007
The tour of Centre Block at Parliament was a great tour. This is a busy tour no matter what time of year, especially on nice days, so if you're planning to go, get your (free) ticket first, that way if you can only get a tour later, it won't be too late in the day and you can go do something else in the meantime. If you speak french, or can understand enough, french tours are also given and are usually much less full providing a more intimate tour. If you go up the elevator to the observation deck at the top of the clock tower after the tour, you can get great views of Ottawa from above. As well, in the summer months, the changing of the guards occur every day at 10am.
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