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The Parliament Building is open to visitors year round. It is located on Parliament Hill at 1045 rue des Parlementaires, just outside the walls of Old Québec.

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A Monument to Québec’s History

The Parliament Building is one of the key works of Eugène-Étienne Taché (1836-1912). The quadrilateral building surrounding an inner courtyard was constructed between 1877 and 1886 in the Second Empire style and is unique in North America. Although Taché drew his architectural inspiration from the Louvre in Paris, he also set out to design a building that would tell the story of Québec.

The imposing fountain at the main entrance pays homage to the Amerindians, Québec’s first inhabitants. Here too are a pair of remarkable sculptures by Louis-Philippe Hébert, Fisherman with Spear and A Halt in the Forest. The statues decorating the main facade of the Parliament Building represent men and women who shaped the history of Québec, from the discovery of Canada by Jacques Cartier in 1534 to the birth of Confederation in 1867. Together, these historical figures give meaning to Québec’s motto, "Je me souviens" (I remember), which Taché had engraved over the main entrance.

For more on the statues, consult the publication Memories in Bronze (PDF, 2.9 MB)

Hours

From the first Tuesday in September to June 23 – except statutory holidays

  • Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

From June 24 to Labour Day (first Monday in September) – including statutory holidays

  • Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Cost

Admission to the Parliament Building and the National Assembly Library in the adjacent building is free.

Guided visits of the Parliament Building and its grounds, and any exhibitions that are open to the public, are also free.

Getting There

  • By city bus: Routes 3, 11, 800 and 801 run past the Parliament Building.

For more information on bus transportation in Québec City, visit the website of the Réseau de transport de la Capitale (French only).

  • By car: Parking is available at the Convention Centre (Centre des congrès), the Marie-Guyart Building and Building H. There is no public parking at the Parliament Building.
  • Go to the visitors’ entrance (Entrance 3), at the corner of Grande Allée and Honoré-Mercier.
  • After the security check, go to the Visitor Centre.

Adapted Access

People in wheelchairs or with reduced mobility should go to Entrance 5 on Rue des Parlementaires.

Security

On entering, visitors must submit to a summary security check. This means

  • presenting photo ID (passport, driver’s licence, etc.)
  • passing through a metal detector

All bags and briefcases will be checked by means of a detection device.

These measures are simple, but essential for ensuring security.

Visitor Centre

National Assembly Visitor CentreVisitors enter the Parliament Building by the Visitor Centre, to which they may return if they would like to browse around after their visit. Here they will find

Visitors may ask a staff member of the Centre about activities that may interest them.

Interactive Photo Gallery of MNAs

The Visitor Center has set up an interactive electronic gallery of photographs that provides visitors with up-to-date information on MNAs.

Restaurant and Café

The Parliament Building has an excellent restaurant, Le Parlementaire, and a cafeteria called the Café du Parlement.

Both are open to the public.

June 24 Open House

June 24, 2009 Open HouseThe Assembly holds an Open House on June 24, Québec’s National Holiday. Visitors may explore the Parliament Building on their own; guides are on hand to answer questions.

This Open House also extends to the National Assembly Library.

 

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