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Visiting Parliament

The Parliament of Canada is open to visitors free of charge, seven days a week. Take a guided tour of Centre Block, attend live debates or explore the Peace Tower and Memorial Chamber.

Tour Information – Individual Visitors
• Cost: All tours are offered free of charge.
• Tickets: Individuals and groups of fewer than 10 people can get same-day tickets beginning at 9 a.m. daily. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, and the number of tickets available each day is limited. Tour availability cannot be guaranteed on any given day. Contact Parliamentary Tours at 613-996-0896 to request space on a specific tour.
• Length: Tour length varies between 20 and 60 minutes depending on parliamentary activity.

Tour Information – Group Visitors
Parliament welcomes groups of 10 to 50 people to reserve a guided tour. The availability of tours varies depending on the time and day you choose to visit.
•All groups wishing to tour the Parliament Buildings must make a reservation in advance.
•Cost: Group reservations are free but subject to a $100 no-show fee.
•Reservations: You are only required to make reservations for groups of 10 people or more.
•Length: Tour length varies between 20 and 60 minutes depending on parliamentary activity.

Tour Information – School Tours

While general tours of Centre Block are offered to school groups throughout the year, groups visiting Parliament from September to April can also choose a grade-specific tour.

What you should know before arriving with your class
•School visits are most popular in the springtime and are often booked many months in advance. If possible, consider bringing your class earlier in the school year.
•All groups with 10 people or more are required to make a reservation in advance. Please refer to Group Reservations for detailed booking information.
•Only authorized vehicles are allowed on Parliament Hill. Refer to the City of Ottawa for information on bus drop-off locations.
•Allow plenty of time from your drop-off time to the beginning of your tour (for unloading, viewing the sights, discussions, walking to the designated entrance, security screening, etc.)
•Arrive early and expect delays. All visitors share the same security screening facilities.
•To help security screening go as smoothly as possible, do not bring backpacks inside Centre Block.
•Please be aware that guided tours may change in content, be re-routed or be cancelled without notice at any time due to parliamentary activity. See Visitor News for the latest tour updates.

Visiting the public galleries

When the Senate and/or the House of Commons are sitting, visitors may watch the proceedings from the public galleries (subject to space availability). In the galleries, an audio guide on the handsets provides information about the key players in each Chamber, the art and architecture and the daily orders of business.

How do I gain access to the public galleries?

Senate

Visitors wishing to attend the Senate public galleries should advise security staff at the Visitor Welcome Centre (VWC). If the VWC is closed, visitors may be re-directed to the Senate Main Entrance on the East side of the Centre Block.

Seats in the public galleries are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Visitors who are mobility impaired shall be escorted to the galleries by security staff using the nearest elevator.

House of Commons

Groupsof 10 individuals or more may reserve seats for Question Period through a Member of Parliament’s office. Reservations are not required for debates outside of Question Period.

Individuals may make arrangements through their Member of Parliament to request a seat in the Member’s galleries facing their Member of Parliament. Seating in these galleries is limited so seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Overflow of individuals with Member’s passes are directed to the remaining seats in the public galleries.

Remaining seats in the public galleries are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis to individuals who arrive without reservations or a gallery pass.

What are the rules in the public galleries?

Senate Galleries
•You are required to go through security scanning stations before entering the galleries.
•Cameras, binoculars, tape recorders, communication or electronic devices, parcels, briefcases, overcoats, umbrellas, bags, and all other objects deemed to be safety issues are forbidden in the galleries. All such items must be checked at the cloakroom located near the entrance of the South Gallery.
•Visitors may bring their purse or handbag into the Gallery provided they are willing to let the security member on duty examine its contents.

Gallery Decorum
•Visitors must be dressed appropriately (i.e. footwear must be worn) and men must remove their hats in the galleries. Wearing recognized traditional dress (native or religious) is permitted.
•Participating in any form of demonstration, such as applauding or displaying political messages (ie. placards or clothing), or engaging in any activity that may interrupt or disturb the proceedings of the Senate, such as standing or speaking loudly, is prohibited.
•Visitors are not allowed to read, write, stand or carry on conversations during the debates.
•Visitors are asked not to leave or enter the galleries when a vote is in progress.
•Visitors must stand when the Speaker enters or leaves the Chamber.

House of Commons Galleries
•Upon arrival, you will be directed to the Rotunda, where you may be asked to wait until seating is available.
•You are required to go through security scanning stations before entering the galleries.
•Cameras, binoculars, tape recorders, parcels, briefcases, top coats, umbrellas and all other objects including purses are forbidden in the galleries. All such items must be checked (at no charge) at the checkrooms located at the entrances to the galleries.
•At minimum, visitors must wear casual dress and footwear.

Gallery Decorum
•Participating in any form of demonstration is prohibited, including applauding or wearing clothing with visible political messages.
•Visitors are not allowed to read, write, stand or carry on conversations during the debates.
•Visitors are not allowed to lean over railings or place any articles on them.
•Visitors are asked not to leave or enter the galleries when a vote is in progress.
•When the House adjourns, visitors are asked to remain seated until the Speaker has left the Chamber.