With a free ticket obtainable from the Hall Centre (90 Wellington St.), any visitor can enter a guided tour inside the Parliament building. During the 45 minutes of the tour, I enjoyed the pleasure of having a extensive look at the House of Commons, the Senate and Library of Parliament. Photography is allowed everywhere except Library of Parliament, a sparkling but strikingly small room. None of the working senator was present due to summer recess.
The tour begins at the foyer of House of Commons and ends in the Confederation Hall. To such a lover of antiquity as myself, it was an excellent experience to breathe in the exquisitely carved walls with sparkling historic images.
Enjoy my humble shots below. The captions in italics are taken from the brochure.
The House of Commons Chamber, at the west end of the Centre Block, is decorated in green in the tradition of the British House of Commons.
The rectangular Chamber is made of white oak and Tyndall limestone from Manitoba. The stone’s freckled surface contains 450-million-year-old fossils.
Stained glass in the House of Commons Chamber.
In the Senate Chamber, at the east end of the Centre Block, red carpeting and upholstery and a ceiling of gold leaf create an air of regal splendour to signify the place where out Head of State meets Parliament.
The Chamber’s upper walls are lined with murals depicting stirring scenes from the WWI.
The ceiling is decorated with the emblems of England, Wales, Scotland, France and Canada.
Stained glass commemorating diamond jubilees of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II.
The Confederation Hall.
Ceiling of the Confederation Hall
Portrait of Queen Victoria in the foyer of the Senate Chamber. Her beloved husband, Prince Albert is also depicted in her bracelet.
My missed opportunity to visit a side Block of the Parliament building (starting in July) would make another chance to come back here once more.