5 things to know for Canada Day on Parliament Hill

Those in charge of security on Parliament Hill want you to be prepared before celebrating the country's birthday on July 1.

Security officers detail rules for getting on the Hill on July 1, 2019

Canada turns 152 years old on July 1, 2019. (Chris Roussakis/AFP/Getty Images)

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).

This map shows where patrons should enter Parliament Hill on Canada Day. (Parliamentary Protective Service)

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.

These are the rules around restricted items for Canada Day on Parliament Hill. (Parliamentary Protective Service)

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).

People need to carry electronic devices above their heads when moving through the screening area to get to Parliament Hill for Canada Day 2019. (Parliamentary Protective Service)

5. Communicate with security if needed

Talk to security on site if you have a concern or issue that needs addressed. You can also reach out to security officials ahead of Canada Day via email, Twitter or Facebook.