Visitor Welcome Centre

Parliament Hill is one of Canada’s most important heritage sites and popular tourist attractions. To improve visitor experience and enhance security to this iconic site, a new Visitor Welcome Centre is being built.

The new building will be designed and built in two phases. Once completed, the project will link the West, Centre and East Block buildings.

Building a more welcoming experience – Phase 1

The Visitor Welcome Centre will be a modern four-level underground complex, designed to blend perfectly with the historical structures and natural surroundings of Parliament Hill.

View enlarged image of Artist’s rendering of the Visitor Welcome Centre Phase 1 entrance.

In front of the main entrance, a plaza with trees and seating will offer a gathering and waiting area for visitors. From there, visitors will enter the buildings through a subtle, yet elegant, main entrance on the west side of Centre Block.

View enlarged image of Artist’s rendering of the interior of the Visitor Welcome Centre Phase 1.

Inside, visitors will be greeted in a bright and open space that is sophisticated and engaging.

View enlarged image of Artist’s rendering of the entrances of the Visitor Welcome Centre.

The 21st century screening facilities will help ensure the safety of visitors and those working on Parliament Hill.

The Visitor Welcome Centre will have:

View enlarged image of Artist’s rendering of the Visitor Welcome Centre Phase 1 gathering area.

Once screened, visitors will be able to discover the beauty and history of Canada’s Parliament buildings.

Construction of Phase 1

Construction of Phase 1 of the Visitor Welcome Centre, which is occurring at the same time as the rehabilitation of the West Block, will be completed in 2017.

View enlarged image of the construction of Phase 1 of the Visitor’s Welcome Centre, with the Ottawa River, the Centre Block and the Peace Tower in the background.

Here is a snapshot of the Phase 1 construction.