School tours

Searching for Symbols

Only available september to april

Play “I Spy” throughout Centre Block on this interactive tour that helps students learn about the meaning and significance of symbols found at Parliament.

Kindergarten to Grade 3

20 - 45 Minutes
(varies depending on parliamentary activity)

Theme: Canadian symbols at Parliament

Curriculum Links: Canadian traditions, symbols, heritage and citizenship

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Tour Features:

  • Learn the definition of a symbol
  • Play the role of detective on tour
  • Use clues and images to find various symbols in the Centre Block
  • Discuss symbols and their significance to Canada
  • Identify other important symbols in the lives of students

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand and explain the meaning of a symbol
  • Describe what symbols tell us about ourselves and our country
  • Identify symbols at Parliament and how they represent Canadians and Canada as a whole
  • Describe why symbols are important to people, groups and countries

Follow that Bill

Only available september to april

This role-playing tour teaches students about the legislative process as they help “Bill” on his journey through Parliament to become a law.

Grades 4–6

20 - 45 Minutes
(varies depending on parliamentary activity)

Theme: How a bill becomes a law

Curriculum Links: Canadian institutions and procedures; Functions; People in Parliament; Confederation and early history

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Tour Features:

  • Choose a bill and introduce it
  • Play the role(s) of Senators and Members of Parliament
  • Debate, amend and learn how to pass a bill through each of the three levels of Parliament
  • Discuss laws that affect your everyday lives
  • Explore the differences between the Senate and House of Commons

Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate the ability to understand and explain the work of Senators and Members of Parliament in the Chambers
  • Describe the various steps involved in making federal laws
  • Describe the roles of key players in Canada's Parliament
  • Demonstrate knowledge of key historical terms/events in the Canadian Parliament
  • Identify and describe the role of Parliament in the lives of Canadians and Canada as a whole

General Tour of Parliament

Available year-round

Be introduced to the function, history, art and architecture of Parliament!

Can be tailored to any age group

20 - 45 Minutes
(varies depending on parliamentary activity)

Go to Visitor Information for parking locations, security requirements, and other on-site activity options, such as visiting the Memorial Chamber or attending Question Period.

If you need to cancel your tour, please do so at least two weeks in advance to avoid the $100 cancellation fee.

Bags are not permitted inside Centre Block. Please have your students leave all belongings on the bus.