Learn about Canadian history and politics
As the seat of Canada’s federal government, Parliament Hill receives around 3m visitors per year. You can take a guided tour of these hallowed halls, an impressive example of Gothic Revival architecture, and learn about the country’s political structure and proceedings. Even if you don’t have an interest in politics, the buildings hold historical clout – it was the site of a military base in the 18th and early 19th centuries. In 1859, the Hill started being developed into a governmental precinct after Queen Victoria selected Ottawa as the capital of what was then referred to as the Province of Canada.