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Reduced access: September 20 and 27

Sunday, September 20: Centre Block will be closed to the public from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 27: Centre Block will be closed to the public until 2:30 p.m.

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.

New ticketing location

Tickets for Parliament are available on a first-come, first-served basis at 90 Wellington Street (across from Parliament Hill).

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:
    • July 2 to September 7, 2015
      Daily: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • September 8, 2015, to May 16, 2016
      Weekdays: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
      Weekends: 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:
    • July 2 to September 7, 2015
      Daily: 7:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • September 8 to October 31, 2015
      Weekdays: 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
      Weekends: 7:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • November 1, 2015, to March 31, 2016
      Weekdays: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
      Weekends: 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • April 1 to May 16, 2016
      Weekdays: 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
      Weekends: 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

July 2 - Sept 7

Daily

9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Sept 8 - May 12

Weekdays
When Parliament is sitting:

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

Tuesday and Thursday
9:00 am to 12:20 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 13 - 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

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

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 7

Daily

10:15 am to 4:45 pm

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

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Special events

Carillon Concerts
Changing the Guard

Changing the Guard

June 28 - August 22, 2015
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, 2015
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 consult
Canadian Heritage.
Fortissimo

Fortissimo

July 23 - 25, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Fortissimo is a musical and military spectacular performed on the main lawn of Parliament Hill. Come and watch the Band of the Ceremonial Guard as they are joined by dancers, pipers and soldiers. For more information, visit the
Ceremonial Guard of the Canadian Forces.
Mosaika : Sound and Light Show

Sound and Light Show

July 10 - September 12, 2015
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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