Free Things to Do in Ottawa: Take a tour of the Parliament Buildings

Ottawa is fortunate to be home to some of the most beautiful parliament buildings in the world—and they’re free to visit.

Few Canadian symbols are as well known as the Parliament Buildings. Flanked by the East and West Blocks, the Centre Block of Parliament—with its distinctive Peace Tower and Library—is familiar to Canadians and people around the world. Although the buildings are alive with the drama of modern-day debates, the echoes of times and personalities long since past still linger here.

Three hotels to consider while you are visiting Ottawa:

Hotel Indigo Ottawa Downtown City Centre Hotel Indigo Ottawa Downtown City Centre
Downtown Ottawa | Parliament ( 0.7 km)
Lord Elgin Hotel
Lord Elgin Hotel

Downtown Ottawa | Parliament ( 0.7 km)
Sheraton Ottawa Hotel
Sheraton Ottawa Hotel

Downtown Ottawa | Parliament ( 0.6 km)

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Take a guided tour of Centre Block, attend live debates, explore the Peace Tower and Memorial Chamber, or stroll on your own to discover the monuments that dot the Parliament Hill grounds.

Some things to note when visiting Parliament Hill:

  • All visits to Parliament are offered free of charge.
  • Tours tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Groups of 10 people or more who wish to take a guided tour must reserve in advance.
  • Individuals and groups with fewer than 10 people can get same-day tour tickets as of 9 a.m. daily.
  • From May 13 to September 1, tickets are available at 90 Wellington Street (across from Parliament Hill).
  • From September 2 to May 12 tickets are distributed at the visitor entrance, at the base of the Peace Tower.
  • Demand for guided tours is highest in the summer months, which may result in limited ticket availability.

Address: Parliament Hill, 1 Wellington St., 613-239-5000, For more info: parl.gc.ca/vis


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