5 things to know for Canada Day on Parliament Hill
Security officers detail rules for getting on the Hill on July 1, 2019
Canada Day could bring tens of thousands of people to Parliament Hill once again this year and security will be tight.
The Parliamentary Protective Service, which is responsible for security on the Hill along with the RCMP and Ottawa police, has compiled five reminders to ensure a smoother celebration on July 1.
1. Give yourself time
Parliament Hill has a capacity of 30,000 people so you are encouraged to arrive at least two hours ahead of the noon ET festivities.
There will be barricades and checkpoints to move through so give yourself more time.
2. Use main entrance only
Use the main entrance to access Parliament Hill. It's located at the corner of Kent and Wellington streets near the Supreme Court of Canada (map below).
You will be screened and can head into the secured area. You can, however, exit through any gate but re-entry is only allowed at the main entrance.
3. Don't bring restricted items
Leave restricted items at home (or in your vehicle).
There are five categories of restricted items and security officers will screen for them (image below). The obvious banned items are weapons, explosives, alcohol, fireworks or bags larger than a standard size backpack.
4. Follow screening procedures
Further to the third reminder, travel as lightly as possible. If you have a bag (or larger item such as a stroller), there is a dedicated lane for you.
Also, security wants you to go through screening with your electronic device (camera, cellphone, tablet, etc.) above your head.
Do not remove your belt, jacket, keys, watches, wallets or coins and leave the screening area quickly (don't wait for family or friends).