History of the Hill

Learn about the events that transformed a solitary limestone cliff in the centre of a small logging town into a buzzing national capital landmark.

Timeline

Pre-construction, 1826–1858

View enlarged image of the Rideau Canal Locks and Barrack Hill, circa 1832

Construction and expansion, 1859–1916

View enlarged image of the Centre Block under construction
View enlarged image of the Parliament's original Centre Block, circa 1914

The Fire of 1916

View enlarged image of the Centre Block on fire

Reconstruction, 1916–1920

View enlarged image of the Centre Block with the Peace Tower under construction in April 1922

Parliament through the 20th century, 1921–2001

View enlarged image of the Jubilee Celebrations on Parliament Hill, July 1, 1927

Rehabilitation, 2002–present

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