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Parliament Hill

Spend a day enjoying the lively debates, artworks, library and Gothic Revival architecture of Canada’s political heart.

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.


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Lodging Near Parliament Hill

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Novotel Ottawa Hotel $97
Novotel Ottawa Hotel

Novotel Ottawa Hotel

33 Nicholas St, Ottawa
     
    4.0
    of 5, from 1,964 reviews
    3.5 out of 5.0

    Across from Rideau Canal, Rideau Shopping Center, and the Ottawa Convention Center, this hotel is 2 blocks from Byward Market with its many shops, restaurants, and nightspots, and within walking distance of museums.

    The Business Inn $84
    The Business Inn

    The Business Inn

    180 MacLaren Street, Ottawa
       
      4.4
      of 5, from 3,570 reviews
      2.5 out of 5.0

      Located in Centretown, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Museum of Nature and University of Ottawa. Parliament Hill and National Gallery of Canada are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      Les Suites Hotel Ottawa $119
      Les Suites Hotel Ottawa

      Les Suites Hotel Ottawa

      130 Besserer St, Ottawa
         
        4.2
        of 5, from 1,936 reviews
        3.5 out of 5.0

        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.

        Ottawa Marriott Hotel $115
        Ottawa Marriott Hotel

        Ottawa Marriott Hotel

        100 Kent St, Ottawa
           
          4.2
          of 5, from 1,947 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          In the business district, the 29-story Ottawa Marriott Hotel overlooks Ottawa River and is only 3 blocks from stately Parliament Hill. The open stalls, shops, and cafés of ByWard Market are within a 20-minute walk, and the Convention Center and National Art Gallery are on the route too.

          Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt $143
          Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt

          Andaz Ottawa Byward Market - a concept by Hyatt

          325 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa
             
            4.7
            of 5, from 796 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Downtown Ottawa, 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).

            Cartier Place Suite Hotel $83
            Cartier Place Suite Hotel

            Cartier Place Suite Hotel

            180 Cooper Street, Ottawa
               
              4.0
              of 5, from 1,841 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              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.

              Radisson Ottawa Parliament Hill $117
              Radisson Ottawa Parliament Hill

              Radisson Ottawa Parliament Hill

              402 Queen St, Ottawa
                 
                3.6
                of 5, from 1,512 reviews
                3.5 out of 5.0

                Located in Downtown Ottawa, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Library and Archives Canada, Parliament Hill, and Byward Market Square. Royal Canadian Mint and Rideau Canal are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Capital Hill Hotel and Suites $95
                Capital Hill Hotel and Suites

                Capital Hill Hotel and Suites

                88 Albert St, Ottawa
                   
                  3.5
                  of 5, from 3,096 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  This downtown Ottawa hotel is 2 blocks from Parliament Hill; 1 block from the National Arts Centre; 5 blocks from Byward Market.