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Tour Cancellations: May 11

The Centre Block will be closed to the public. The Peace Tower, Memorial Chamber and Boutique will also be closed.


Foundations: The Words That Shaped Canada

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, a selection of Canada's foundational documents are on display in a new exhibit in the Library of Parliament. This special exhibit, completed in partnership with Library and Archives Canada, can be seen as part of a guided tour of Centre Block.


Bag restrictions

Visitors are permitted to bring one bag into the Parliament Buildings, measuring no more than 35.5 cm x 30.5 cm x 19 cm (14” x 12” x 7.5”). All other personal belongings may be stored free of charge at 90 Wellington Street.

For more details please contact the Information Service (613-992-4793 or 1-866-599-4999).

Parliament is located at 111 Wellington Street in downtown Ottawa. Contact us at 613-992-4793 (local),
1-866-599-4999 (toll-free) or info@parl.gc.ca.

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    • Opening hours vary depending on the day and time of your visit. Please consult Centre Block Guided Tour departures for up-to-date information.
    • Centre Block is open for tours year-round. East Block is open from July to early September.
    • Access to the buildings cannot be guaranteed and schedules are subject to change without notice.
    • Parliament is closed on Christmas Day (December 25), New Year’s Day (January 1) and Canada Day (July 1).
    • Hours of operation for the ticketing centre at 90 Wellington Street:
    • September 6, 2016, to May 15, 2017
      Weekdays: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
      Weekends: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • May 16 to June 30, 2017
      Weekdays: 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
      Weekends: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • July 2 to September 4, 2017
      Daily: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • All visits to Parliament are offered free of charge.
    • Tickets for guided tours and the Peace Tower and Memorial Chamber 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 tickets as of 9 a.m. daily.
    • Tickets are distributed at 90 Wellington Street, across from Parliament Hill.
    • Demand for tickets is highest in the summer months, which may result in limited availability.
    • For information on guided tours and other visitor options, please see Visit.
    • Only one (1) bag smaller than 35.5 cm x 30.5 cm x 19 cm (14” x 12” x 7.5”) is permitted per visitor.
    • Visitors carrying any item that exceeds these dimensions will be denied entry.
    • Loose items from the cargo areas of strollers and/or wheelchairs are not permitted.
    • There is a free bag check service at 90 Wellington Street. Items that are larger than 35.5 cm x 30.5 cm x 19 cm (14” x 12” x 7.5”) must be checked prior to entering Parliament.
    • Hours of operation of the bag check service:
    • September 6 to October 31, 2016
      Weekdays: 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
      Weekends: 7:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • November 1, 2016, to May 15, 2017
      Weekdays: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
      Weekends: 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • May 16 to June 30, 2017
      Weekdays: 7:45 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
      Weekends: 7:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • July 2 to September 4, 2017
      Daily: 7:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • Bags and other personal belongings may be stored free of charge at 90 Wellington Street.
    • Souvenirs are available at the Parliamentary Boutique.
    • Washrooms are available inside Parliament and at 90 Wellington Street.
    • There are no food services on-site. For a list of restaurants in the downtown area, please consult Ottawa Tourism.
    • All visitors are required to go through security scanning and line-ups are to be expected.
    • Alternate security arrangements can be made for visitors with pacemakers.
    • Only one (1) bag smaller than 35.5 cm x 30.5 cm x 19 cm (14” x 12” x 7.5”) is permitted per visitor. All other personal belongings may be stored at the bag check at 90 Wellington Street.
    • At minimum, visitors must wear casual dress and footwear.
    • Participating in any form of demonstration inside the buildings is prohibited, including wearing items or clothing with visible political messages.
    • All facilities are wheelchair-accessible, and we make every effort to accommodate visitors with special needs. For more information or to request sign language interpretation, please contact 613-996-0896.
    • Furthermore, arrangements can be made to allow you to transport visitors with mobility challenges to the entrance. Please contact the Parliamentary Access and Reservation Office at 613-996-0960 or
      DAB-BQA@parl.gc.ca.

Centre block guided tour departures

Sept 6 - May 15

Weekdays
When Parliament is sitting:

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
9:00 am to 12:50 pm
3:20 pm

Wednesday
12:30 pm to 3:20 pm

Friday
9:00 am to 9:50 am
12:50 pm to 3:20 pm

When Parliament is not sitting:

Monday to Friday
9:00 am to 3:20 pm

Weekends

Saturday and Sunday
9:00 am to 4:20 pm

May 16 - June 30

Weekdays
When Parliament is sitting:

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
9:00 am to 12:50 pm
3:20 pm to 7:20 pm

Wednesday
12:30 pm to 7:20 pm

Friday
9:00 am to 9:50 am
12:50 pm to 7:20 pm

When Parliament is not sitting:

Monday to Friday
9:00 am to 7:20 pm

Weekends

Saturday and Sunday
9:00 am to 4:20 pm

July 2 - Sept 4

Daily

9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Please check the Senate and House of Commons calendars. Building hours and tour schedules vary throughout the year and are subject to change without notice due to parliamentary activity.

East block guided tour departures

July 2 - Sept 5

Daily

9:45 am to 4:45 pm

Building hours and tour schedules vary and are subject to change without notice.
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Boutique

The Parliamentary Boutique

Special events

Foundations Exhibit
Changing the Guard

Changing the Guard

June 25 - August 26, 2017
10:00-10:30 a.m.
See a Canadian tradition at its most colourful! The Ceremonial Guard brings stirring military drills and music to Parliament Hill. Come at 9:45 a.m. to learn more about the ceremony. For more information visit the Ceremonial Guard.
Canada Day

Canada Day

July 1, 2017
All day
Join Canadians and visitors from around the world to celebrate the country’s birthday on Parliament Hill. A day of live entertainment finishes with an evening concert and fireworks display. For more information, please consultCanadian Heritage.
Carillon Concert

Carillon Concerts

Year Round
Discover a unique musical experience: the 53 bells of the Peace Tower Carillon. For information, schedules and special dates, visit the House of Commons Heritage Collection
Mosaika : Sound and Light Show

Sound and Light Show

July 11 - September 16, 2017
Daily (evenings)
This all-new experience of sound and light is a thrilling thematic journey through Canada’s history presented in spectacular detail against the backdrop of the Parliament Buildings.
For information on outdoor tours and other special events on Parliament Hill, please consult Canadian Heritage.
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