The center of the Canadian government is situated on a 170-foot (50-meter) hilltop overlooking the Ottawa River. Home to the members of Parliament, the Senate and the House of Commons, the buildings on Parliament Hill are a stunning example of Gothic Revival architecture.
Parliament Hill is a National Historic Site and was the home of Canada’s first government. Explore the Peace Tower and the Memorial Chamber, a monument to Canadians who have lost their lives in conflict since the Confederation. The Peace Tower has an observation area as well as a carillon of 53 bells. Visit the Library of Parliament, a 16-sided domed structure with an impressive range of books in its collection. In the center of the room stands the marble statue of a young Queen Victoria.
Wander through the House of Commons foyer to see stone carvings and painted panels representing key moments in Canada’s political, economic and social history. On the ceiling, glass panels show images of the English rose, the French fleur-de-lis and the three symbolic maple leaves of Canada.
Take a seat in the public galleries of the Senate and House of Commons to hear parliamentarians debate national issues. The Senate is furnished with plush red upholstery, a gold-leaf ceiling and works of art designed to remind parliamentarians of the country they are serving. In the House of Commons, the green decorations reflect the British House of Commons while the stained-glass windows depict floral images from the Canadian provinces. Below the windows, sculptures detail elements of Canada’s Constitution.
The buildings on Parliament Hill are open to visitors free of charge. Located in downtown Ottawa, they are easily accessible on foot or by bicycle and public transportation. There is no on-site public car parking at Parliament Hill; however, you can park for a fee in lots nearby. Opening hours and access vary throughout the year, so check the website or call ahead for details.
This downtown Ottawa hotel is 2 blocks from Parliament Hill; 1 block from the National Arts Centre; 5 blocks from Byward Market.
Rising above the Rideau Canal, this French Renaissance-style hotel is regally situated next door to Parliament, across the street from the ByWard Market, and within walking distance of many museums.
Situated amid Elgin Street's restaurants and nightlife and 1 block from Rideau Canal, the landmark Lord Elgin Hotel is within 4 blocks of Parliament House and the Ottawa Shaw Centre.
In the nation's capital, Cartier Place Suite Hotel is 0.3 kilometer (.18 miles) from Parliament Hill and a 5-minute walk from the Ottawa Convention Center.
Les Suites Hotel, Ottawa is in the city centre, just steps from the Ottawa Convention Centre, Rideau Shopping Centre, and ByWard Market, and a short distance to Parliament Hill.
Located in downtown Ottawa, this all-suite hotel is 2 blocks from the Sparks Street Mall and 3 blocks from Parliament Hill; the Museum of Civilization and ByWard Market are both 10 blocks away.
The 11-story Embassy Hotel and Suites is located in the downtown area, one block from Rideau Canal and six blocks from Parliament Hill.
Located in ByWard Market, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Byward Market Square and National Gallery of Canada. Parliament Hill and University of Ottawa are also within 1 mi (2 km).