Visiting the buildings and grounds of Parliament Hill is rewarding. As a site
of architectural beauty, historical significance and federal decision-making,
the Hill belongs not only to those who work here, but to all Canadians.
What you should know before you arrive
* Parking: There is no parking available on Parliament Hill. Numerous public
and municipal parking lots (offsite link) are located nearby.
* Vehicles on the Hill: Only authorized vehicles are permitted on Parliament Hill.
* Security: All visitors to the Parliament Buildings are required to go through security scanning stations. Line-ups are to be expected, so we recommend that you allow extra time.
* Special Needs: All facilities are wheelchair accessible. Arrangements can be made to authorize vehicle access to transport visitors with mobility challenges to the appropriate entrance by contacting Security Services at 613-992-2152 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Cost: All tours and programs are FREE of charge.
* Tour Tickets: You can get same-day tickets for groups of less than 10 people beginning at 9:00 am daily. The number of tickets for each day is limited. We cannot guarantee a tour to any visitor on any given day.
* Tour Reservations: You are ONLY required to make reservations for groups of 10 people or more. Refer to Group Reservations for more information. Groups of less than 10 people cannot reserve tickets.
* Tour Length: Tour length varies between 20 and 60 minutes depending on parliamentary activity.
* Tour Schedules: Tour times, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice. Therefore, no specific tour departure times are listed. Please see Visitor News for the latest tour and program updates.
* Refreshments: There are no refreshments available for purchase on Parliament Hill.
* Souvenirs: The Parliament Hill Boutique offers a wide variety of souvenirs for purchase. Visit us onsite in the Centre Block or through the online catalogue.
* Washrooms: Outdoor public washrooms are located under the Lester B. Pearson statue, behind the West Block.
* Teachers: Visit School Tours for additional information about bringing classes to Parliament Hill.
Where you should go when you arrive
From September 8, 2009 to May 18, 2010: Go to the Visitor Welcome Centre for detailed information on program availability and to obtain tour tickets. The entrance to the Welcome Centre is located under the Peace Tower and to the right of the main doors at the Centre Block.
Use the map of Parliament Hill to confirm entrance and ticket locations.