You can’t skip “the Hill,” particularly if this is your first visit to Ottawa. It’s probably the city’s best-known tourist attraction—it’s on the money and the stamps, after all. It includes three neo-Gothic buildings, rife with spires and gargoyles: the West Block and the East Block, which house politicians’ offices, and the Centre Block with its soaring Peace Tower, grand Victorian library, the House of Commons and the Senate. If you’re Canadian and want to see Question Period (the fall-through-spring spectacle where politicians grill each other), contact your member of Parliament long before your trip. Non-Canadians are welcome, too, but you have to take your chances on seats being available. Admission is free for everyone, as are the Parliament Hill tours. In summer, show up early in the morning to book your tour to avoid the crowds. No parking onsite.
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