- Type: Attractions
NileGuide Expert tip:
During the summer (from Victoria Day in late May until Labour Day in early September), head to the Info-Tent (between the Centre Block and the West Block) by 9 a.m. to avoid the long lines for free tour tickets. If you've never visited Parliament Hill before, take the Centre Block tour for the most comprehensive look at the site's political history. Tours start slightly earlier in the day when Parliament is in session. During the summer, enjoy the Changing of the Guard ceremony at 11 a.m. daily, and a spectacular Sound and Light Show each evening. Most exciting and crowded time to visit: Canada Day, July 1st, when thousands of people flock to the Hill for a day-long celebration capped by fireworks.
- Parliament Hill is the iconic symbol of Canada and its federal government.and includes three turn-of-the-century Gothic buildings: the Centre Block, the East Block and the West Block. The site is dominated by the Centre Block, which is home to The House of Commons and the Senate, and the beautiful Peace Tower. Members of Parliament have offices in the East Block and the West Block. Public activities, (including peaceful demonstrations) take place here all year round and you are free to stroll the grounds. Behind the buildings, there are walking paths overlooking a bluff with spectacular views of the Ottawa River and province of Quebec. The Centennial Flame, located near the entrance to the Hill, is a popular meeting place. Volunteers feed cats that live behind the Parliament Buildings all year.
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