On the Hill

The busiest part of downtown Ottawa is Parliament Hill. This is where Senators and Members of Parliament have their offices, meet to make laws, and have meetings with advisors and citizens. Parliament Hill is a gathering place for Canadians who go there for a variety of reasons: to celebrate, to protest, to go on tours and to enjoy the beautiful scenery. The Hill is on high ground next to the Ottawa River. If you look across the water, you can see the province of Quebec. Government offices and national institutions are located on both sides of the river.