Parliament Hill

Taking place each summer night after the sun has set, the Northern Lights is a free 30-minute light and sound show that’s projected onto the backdrop of the Parliament Buildings. The immersive audiovisual journey is not only a stunning display, but it also takes viewers on a guided trip through Canada’s history. So step back in time and enjoy the colorful show!

Ottawa’s famous parliament hill is home to the Canadian government, housed in historical architecture and a sprawling well kept lawn and courtyard. Witness the tranquil atmosphere and beautiful sights- and potentially get a glimpse of the Canadian prime minister.

Taking place each summer night after the sun has set, the Northern Lights is a free 30-minute light and sound show that’s projected onto the backdrop of the Parliament Buildings. The immersive audiovisual journey is not only a stunning display, but it also takes viewers on a guided trip through Canada’s history. So step back in time and enjoy the colorful show!

In the heart of downtown Ottawa lies the majestic Parliament Hill. Not only does this suite of neo-Gothic buildings house the country’s federal government, it’s also perched upon a hill that overlooks the Ottawa River and makes for one of the most gorgeous sights in the country. Free tours and programming are available year round, whereas the outdoor courtyard is the site of many events throughout the year, including summer Sound and Light shows, 420 events, and Canada Day festivities. Walk past yawning archways, tidy gardens, and iconic buildings on your way to see the changing of the guard, an important Canadian tradition. 

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