Parliament Hill is the one of the most famous symbols in Canada. Comprising of three buildings: the Centre, East and West Blocks, Parliament Hill is the heart of Canada's democratic system.
The Centre Block: This is the main building and home to the Peace Tower. The Centre Block houses the chambers of the House of Commons and the Senate. When in session, visitors are free to watch the chamber in action from the visitor galleries. Visitors are also allowed to go up to the top of the Peace Tower for a spectacular view of the Capital region.
The East Block: This building contains the restored offices of Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald and looks much the way it did at the time of Confederation.
The West Block: This building contains the houses offices for members of parliament and is closed to the public.
Visitors are permitted to freely stroll around Parliament Hill and enjoy the scenery and statues. A self-guided tour brochure is available at the visitor's office. On the grounds, you may meet a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, costumed characters from Canada's past or tour guides who can provide you more information you about Parliament Hill.
Don't miss the morning ritual of the changing of the Guard every during the summer months.
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