Visitor Welcome Centre / West Block
111 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A9
Telephone: 613 943-2007
Hours of operation
Monday-Friday: 9 AM to 5 PM
Saturday-Sunday: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
*Schedule subject to change depending on Holidays and operational needs.
The Parliamentary Boutique first opened its doors in 1960 in the Centre Block, as a bookstore managed by the National Printing Bureau. Eight years later, the Hon. Lucien Lamoureux, then Speaker of the House, took over management of the growing enterprise.
A popular stop for tourists and parliamentarians alike, the Boutique continued to serve the public through the 1970s and 1980s, offering a growing selection of books, souvenirs and other Parliament-related products. In 1985, management of the Boutique was transferred to the Material Management Branch of the House of Commons. Ten years later, the Parliamentary Guide Service took over. In April 1996, the Boutique became the responsibility of the Information and Documentation Branch of the Library of Parliament, and it was in July 2001 that management of the Boutique was transferred to the Parliamentary Public Programs division, which still oversees it today.