Plan your visit


  • Guided tours of Parliament are offered at separate locations starting in February 2019, and during Centre Block's closure:
    • Senate Tours are offered at the Senate of Canada Building (2 Rideau Street). The building is located one block away from Parliament Hill, between the Château Laurier and the National Arts Centre.
    • House of Commons Tours are offered at West Block (111 Wellington Street) on Parliament Hill. The public entrance is located at the new Visitor Welcome Centre, between the Centre Block and West Block buildings.
    • East Block Tours are offered from July to early September at East Block (111 Wellington) on Parliament Hill. The public entrance is at East Block, located to the right of the Peace Tower.
  • Public transportation: Parliament is served by several bus routes. Please consult OC Transpo for routes in Ottawa or the Société de transport de l'Outaouais for routes from Gatineau.
  • Parking: There is no parking available on Parliament Hill or at the Senate of Canada Building, but several private and city parking lots are located nearby.
  • Tour buses: There are drop-off areas along Wellington street and Queen street, and parking is available in designated areas throughout the city of Ottawa.

Hours and

  • Opening hours vary depending on the location, day and time of your visit. Consult the calendar for Senate guided tours and House of Commons guided tours for availability.
  • Guided tours are not available when the Senate or House of Commons are sitting, and on December 25th, January 1st and July 1st.
  • Due to parliamentary activity, access to the buildings cannot be guaranteed and tour schedules are subject to change without notice.
  • Visitors are encouraged to reserve tickets in advance. A limited number of same day tickets may be available at each site on a first-come first-served basis.

Security &
Bag Restrictions

  • All visitors are required to go through security scanning when entering the buildings. Line-ups are to be expected. Please arrive 20 minutes before the time shown on your ticket.
  • 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. There will be no bag check available. Loose items from the cargo areas of strollers or wheelchairs are not permitted.
  • Participating in any form of demonstration inside the buildings is prohibited.
  • Alternate security arrangements can be made upon arrival at tour locations for pregnant women, visitors with pacemakers and other medical needs.


  • All facilities are wheelchair-accessible.
  • Arrangements can be made in advance to transport visitors to the West Block entrance. Please contact Tenant Operations at 613-943-4300 or to provide your vehicle information at least 24 hours before your visit.
  • To request American Sign Language (ASL) or Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ) interpretation, please call 613-996-0896 at least two business days before your visit.
  • Please call the Tours Reservation Office at 613-996-0896 if you require further accommodations or assistance.