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.