Visiting Parliament Hill

I remember once, as part of a school trip, visiting the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa. At the time we were studying the history of Canada in school. The trip was interesting, but, being a teenager, not a lot of the information sunk in.

So this year, being the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference, and having recently visited Province House in Charlottetown P.E.I., I began to read up on my Canadian history and decided to revisit the Parliament Building in Ottawa.

Both the House of Commons and the Senate were in session during our visit and the Governor General was attending, so the the place was abuzz with activity, and the demeanour was very serious. Our tour guide, Lauren, shepherded us through the halls past the House of Commons and Senate to the Parliamentary Library. We finished with a trip up to the viewing platform of the Peace Tower and finally the obligatory exit though the gift shop.

It was very interesting and a must visit for all Canadians before Canada’s sesquicentennial in 2017.