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Helpful tips for visitors planning a trip to Parliament Hill on Canada Day

Last Updated Jun 23, 2018 at 1:00 pm EST

People cheer during the Canada Day noon hour show on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Saturday, July 1, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

OTTAWA – Planning a trip to Parliament Hill on Canada Day weekend? Here are some tips:

— Visitors are required to undergo screening, which involves passing through a metal detector and screening for restricted items.

— The restricted items list has been simplified: no weapons, no explosives, no alcohol, no fireworks and no bags over 35.5 centimetres by 19 centimetres.

— Strollers, coolers and lawn chairs are permitted, however visitors are encouraged to travel as lightly as possible, to avoid delays caused by additional screening measures.

— Access to Parliament Hill will be limited to a single entry point on Wellington Street in front of the Supreme Court building. There will be multiple exit points which will be clearly marked.

— A second accessible entry point for those who require it, such as those in wheelchairs, will be available on Wellington in front of West Block.

– Additional entertainment such as buskers and street performers will take place at the queue line at the Supreme Court building.

— Police will provide regular updates on wait times and other information via the Twitter account @PPS_SPP as well as on message boards and video screens throughout the precinct.

— No parking will be permitted within street closure areas.

— Food concession throughout the road closure area will be available, as well as water stations.

— Shuttle bus services will travel in a closed circuit going from Major’s Hill to the Canadian Museum of History and then to the Supreme Court.