Attraction Spotlight: Parliament of Canada

Posted by Maha Shahbazian on Saturday, January 31st, 2015 at 9:48am.

Parliament Hill Otawa - Image Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Parliamenthill.jpg

The Parliament of Canada is open to the public for free by tour year-round. It’s a place to discover history, functions and art of Canada’s Parliament. The building is iconic and houses the Senate, House of Commons and the Library of Parliament.

The Parliament is the office that examines the processes, conventions and players involved in making the Canada parliamentary system function. Here is a look at how Parliament of Canada works and how you can visit for free.

How does Parliament work?

The office houses the Senate, House of Commons and the Library of Parliament. Their work involves examining the processes, conventions and players that are involved in making the parliamentary system work for Canada. Senators and Members of Parliament play an important role in Parliament. It’s the office that makes a bill become a law as well.

Visiting Parliament

You can explore important documents that contribute to the work of the Senate, House of Commons and Library. You’ll find great art around the building including:

  • War paintings in the Senate
  • The Diamond Jubilee Window
  • Parliamentary Poet Laureate
  • Canada: A Constitutional Monarchy
  • Works of Naval Art in the Senate Speaker’s Chambers
  • Canadian Aboriginal Art at the Senate
  • House of Commons Heritage Collection
  • Heraldic Symbols in the Senate Speaker’s Chambers

You’ll see the Parliamentary Boutique offering souvenirs and collectibles that are unique to Parliament. The architecture and heritage is explored during your visit with the Centre Block tour, the Parliament Buildings, the Library of Parliament and more.

There are self-guided tour options where you can get a bird’s eye view of the National Capital Region from the Peach Tower and even a visit to the Memorial Chamber to commemorate Canadians that have passed away during military service. Live Debates take place in which visitors can watch proceedings in the Senate or the House of Commons while in session.

There is a Centre Block guided tour where you can be shown around to discover the history, functions and art of Parliament for free daily. The East Block guided tour takes place from July to September where you’ll see restored heritage rooms.

Visit the Parliament for free of charge and learn about a piece of history in Canada.

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