Year-Round Activities


Buildings and Sights

Parliament Buildings

Rideau Hall

Supreme Court of Canada

The Royal Canadian Mint

RCMP Musical Ride Centre / Rockcliffe Stables

MacKenzie King Estate

Laurier House

Pinhey's Point - Dunrobin

Billings Estate

Watson's Mill - Manotick

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  Name:   Parliament Buildings

  Location:   Parliament Hill, Wellington Street


Centre Block Guided Tours / Peace Tower Self-Guided Tours (Year-Round):

Schedules and tours of the Centre Block vary
(sometimes without notice) depending on the day you
visit. Check the official website to see a detailed schedule.

Most people include a self-guided tour of the Peace Tower after visiting the Centre Block. Note that the Peace Tower closes half an hour before the last guided tour of Centre Block. See Peace Tower tour info

East Block Guided Tours (July 2- Sept 5, 2011):

Daily from 10 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. See East Block tour info

Ticket information:

From May 18 to September 5, 2011, tickets are available (free of charge) from 9 am to 5 pm at the Info-Tent, located between the Centre and West Blocks. Between 5 pm and 7:30 pm tickets are available at the Visitor Welcome Centre.

Before May 18, and after September 5, 2011, get tour tickets (free of charge) at the Visitor Welcome Centre.

The Visitor Welcome Centre is located under the Peace Tower and to the right of the main doors at Centre Block.

Public Galleries:

When the Senate and/or the House of Commons are sitting, visitors may watch the proceedings from the Public Galleries. See the official website for more info.


  Activity number:   40033  


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  Name:   Rideau Hall

  Location:   1 Sussex Drive

  Description:   Residence Tours:

Between June 27 and September 5, public guided tours of the residence are offered daily from 10 am to 4 pm. In the off-season guided tours are offered on weekends only (see website for hours).

The residence is also open for self-guided tours in the mornings during July and August; perfect for groups and families with young children.

Grounds Tours:

The grounds of Rideau Hall are open from 8 am until one hour before sunset. Guided tours of the grounds are offered from May to September, by reservation. See website for details.

Family Activities:

Click on the "Family Activities" tab of the website to learn about this summer's family fun at Rideau Hall, offered from June 27th to September 5th, 2011. Be sure to also check out the Ceremonial Guard, as sentries, led by a piper, march to their posts at Sussex Gate and in front of the Residence. The Ceremonial Guard can be seen daily from June 27 to August 26, every hour on the hour from 9 am to 5 pm.

Art Tours:

The Residence is the home to the Crown Collection and to temporary art exhibitions, tours of which are included in the residence and art tours. Click on the "Collections" and "Temporary Exhibitions" tabs for more information.


  Activity number:   40014  


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  Name:   Supreme Court of Canada

  Location:   301 Wellington Street

  Hours:   Summer Hours (May 1 to August 31):
Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; guided tours are conducted on an on-going basis.

Winter Hours (September 1 to April 30):
Mon to Fri 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; guided tours available by pre-arrangement only - call 613-995-5361 or book online through the Supreme Court website.


  Activity number:   40015  


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  Name:   The Royal Canadian Mint

  Location:   320 Sussex Drive

  Hours:   Daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

RESERVATIONS ARE RECOMMENDED: Call 1-800-276-7714 or book online by following the instructions on the Royal Canadian Mint website.

$10/Family on the weekend; $13/Family during the week (2 adults and up to 4 children).


  Activity number:   40016  


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  Name:   RCMP Musical Ride Centre/Rockcliffe Stables

  Location:   1 Sandridge Road (at the North end of St. Laurent Boulevard)

  Info:   Visit the Musical Ride Centre to tour the facility, the stables and see the horses that captivate all who see them perform in the Musical Ride.

Free tours are available every half hour.
For groups of 20 or more, please email tours(at)rcmp-f(dot)ca or call 613-741-4285 to book a time slot.

Tours are available on the following days:

May to August:
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

September to April:
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Visitors are always welcome, even when tours are not being offered. The Centre grounds are ideal for a picnic, and there are always horses getting exercise in the outdoor pens.


  Activity number:   40029  


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  Name:   Mackenzie King Estate in Gatineau Park

  Location:   Gatineau Park

  Hours:   May 19 to September 5, 2011:
Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
On Tuesdays the grounds are open but the museums are closed.

Guided tours are available from May 19 to September 5:
In English - 10 am and 2 pm
In French - 11 am and 3 pm

September 6 to October 16, 2011:
Daily from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
On Tuesdays the grounds are open but the museums are closed.


Visitors to this 231-hectare estate can share William Lyon Mackenzie King’s love of horticulture and landscaping while admiring the romantic Victorian gardens, the picturesque ruins and the Waterfall Trail. History buffs can learn more about the life, career and era of Canada’s tenth Prime Minister by visiting King’s two summer havens, Kingswood and Moorside cottages, or by viewing short films on Mackenzie King’s life and times. Visitors can re-live this extraordinary era thanks to guide-interpreters who re-create the enchanting atmosphere and setting of the Mackenzie King Estate in the early 20th century.


  Activity number:   40021  


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  Name:   Laurier House

  Location:   335 Laurier Avenue East

  Hours:   May 21 to October 10, 2011:
Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

October 11 to May 20, 2011:
Guided tours by reservation only, weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

(Up to 7 people with a maximum of 2 adults visiting together.)


  Activity number:   40017  


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  Name:   Pinhey's Point Historic Site

  Location:   270 Pinhey's Point Road, Dunrobin

  Hours:   Summer Hours (May 8 to September 4, 2011):
Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Winter Hours: Open for special events only.

Pinhey's Point is the former home of Hamnett Kirkes Pinhey, a leading member of Upper Canada. Admission to the site is by donation.


  Activity number:   40022  


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  Name:   Billings Estate

  Location:   2100 Cabot Street

  Hours:   The museum is open from May 25 to October 30, 2011.

Hours: Wed to Sun 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Special events and programs are offered throughout the year, including the off-season. After the season ends, you can contact the museum at 613-247-4830 to make an appointment for a private tour.

  Cost:   $15/family


  Activity number:   60015  


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  Name:   Watson's Mill - Manotick

  Location:   5525 Dickinson Street, Manotick

  Hours:   May 7 to October 31:
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Admission is by donation.

In the off season the Mill is open occasionally for special events.

Watson’s Mill is a unique 19th century grist and flour mill located in Manotick, on the shores of the Rideau River, a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site. It is the only industrial heritage site in the City of Ottawa and has a remarkable history linked to local politics, the building of a country, and a tragic love story.

Miling is done on Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Free Audio Guides for the Mill Discovery Tour are available daily. Paper guides are available for a self-guided tour at a cost of $2.00 per guide, and guided tours are available for $2.00 per person (subject to staff availability).


  Activity number:   40035  


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