The seat of Canada's federal government and the setting for national celebrations the year round, Parliament Hill is the most visited Ottawa attraction.
The Parliament Buildings are set on a dramatic hill overlooking the Ottawa River.
The original structure burned to the ground in a tragic fire in 1916 - except for the Library, which was saved by a quick-thinking employee who closed the Library's massive steel doors.Guided tours
take visitors through public galleries, to the Senate and House of Commons (when not in session) and to the top of the Peace Tower, where an observation deck provides the most dramatic 360º view of the Capital.
There are hundreds of individual gargoyles, grotesques, reliefs and bosses carved into the stonework of the buildings, including four looking out from high on each corner of the Peace Tower.