Perhaps the most internationally recognized Canadian landmark, Parliament Hill is not only the centre of Ottawa, but the heart of the nation.
This historic area, known to Ottawans as “The Hill,” encompasses many important sites of national significance. There is a lot to see and do on The Hill:
- Visit to the Centennial Flame, erected on the 100th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation
- Take a Picture of the Peace Tower, the most recognized symbol in the country
- Witness a live debate in the Senate or the House of Commons, the heart of Canada’s democratic system
- Shop at the Parliamentary Boutique for Ottawa souvenirs
- Hear a concert from the 53 Bells of the Peace Tower Carillon
- Witness the Changing of the Guards, a Canadian tradition that occurs daily from 10:00am- 10:30 during the summer months
- Go behind the scenes to tour the different blocks of Parliament. Admire the unique art, statues, and architecture that represent Canada’s heritage. See the offices of Sir John A. Macdonald, the Library of Parliament, and much more! (book a free tour)
There are exciting activities happening during every season at The Hill for visitors to enjoy. From Canada Day fireworks and celebrations, to yoga on the lawn during the summer months, or thousands of Christmas lights casting a magical glow during the winter months, discover the true spirit of Canada in the heart of the Nation’s Capital.