A visit to the Supreme Court of Canada gives one the opportunity to become better acquainted with Canada's highest court. Tour guides, who are all law students, will familiarize visitors with the operation of the Canadian judicial system and will explain how legal issues of public importance are dealt with by the Supreme Court of Canada. When the Court is in session, it is possible to attend a hearing.
Recommended age group: all ages
Duration: 30 minutes (45 minutes for school groups)
Group size: maximum 60
Schedule of Tours and Reservations
September to April
The Supreme Court of Canada building is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Guided tours are available by pre-arrangement only. The building is closed on Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays.
Reservations for guided tours should be made in advance by filling out the on-line reservation request form.
Early May to end of August
The Supreme Court of Canada building is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, including weekends and holidays, and guided tours are conducted on a continuing basis. English tours start on the hour and French tours on the half-hour. Please note that no visits are offered between 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m.
For groups of 10 or more, reservations for guided tours should be made in advance by filling out the on-line reservation request form.
Please note that it may, for reasons related to the work of the Court, be necessary to alter or cancel guided tours, sometimes on short notice.
Getting to the Court
Address and Contact Information
Supreme Court of Canada
301 Wellington Street
Telephone: 613-995-5361 or 1-866-360-1522
To visit the Supreme Court of Canada when coming from Montreal take the Trans Canada highway, route 417 west. Take the Metcalfe exit, number 119. Turn right onto Kent Street and continue down Kent to Wellington, then go straight through the lights. The Supreme Court of Canada is set back from a busy Wellington Street by an expanse of lawn on your left.
There is no parking available at the Supreme Court of Canada, but a number of public and municipal lots are located nearby.
The Supreme Court of Canada is served by a number of bus routes. If you are travelling from within Ottawa, please consult OC Transpo. Contact the Société de transport de l'Outaouais for routes and schedules from Gatineau.
There are drop-off areas along Wellington Street, and tour bus parking is available throughout the city.
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