Canada’s Political Heartbeat

Parliament Hill is the political heartbeat of Canada and home to Canada’s federal government. It’s a significant heritage site and a symbol of Canadian national pride. Commonly called “The Hill,” it’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in the area. Take in a free guided tour and learn more about our history and where our politicians debate our country’s issues. Walk around and take in the Parliament Buildings and stunning landscape along the Ottawa River. If you are an architecture or history buff, feast your eyes on gothic structures with hundreds of gargoyles, grotesques, reliefs, and bosses carved into the stonework of the buildings as well as the sculptures of important Canadians all around Parliament Hill.

Don’t leave before seeing the Peace Tower, a bell and clock tower prominently featured on the Canadian twenty-dollar bill. If you are in Ottawa in the summer, make sure you take in the Changing of the Guard ceremony that happens each morning on the East Lawn of Parliament Hill. Some other notable celebrations worth taking in include Canada Day on July 1, the summer Sound and Light show, daily Carillon Concerts and the Christmas Lights Across Canada display from December to January.