British Columbia Legislature, Victoria

Visit the grandiose structure of British Columbia Legislature, the site of the province's government since 1864. Here you can take a free guided tour, learning about the building's history, architecture, and parliamentary processes. Visitors also have the chance to observe the debates that go on here; check the calendar to see what's happening during your planned visit. You can enjoy a meal in the onsite restaurant here, but check whether it's open in advance, as its working hours depend on what legislative meetings are happening on the day. Put British Columbia Legislature and other Victoria attractions into our Victoria tour itinerary builder website , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Majestic and stately place without many excesses. Worth the visit inside too! At night, the silhouette of the illuminated building is awesome and yields beautiful photos.
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  • The free tour was very interesting, led by a knowledgeable young lady. Although you can wander around the building on your own, the guide shared much interesting information about the building, the wi...  more »
  • I very much enjoyed my visit! The tour was great and the tour guide was knowledgeable. I will warn that they do not allow you to go in to the gallery of the parliamentary room itself like they do in Q...  more »
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  • We took the free tour of the Parliament Buildings and enjoyed it very much. The interior of these magnificent buildings is beautiful, and you can see straight up into the cupola. We got to look into the government chambers, and some historical characters popped up to tell us their stories. The tour was more fun and interesting that I was expecting and I'm glad I took it.
  • This is a beautiful building and a real piece of history for Victoria. There are free tours that one can take of the inside of this building. One can also obtain a pass at security at the front to go to the legislative dining room. It is a pleasant place to have a cup of tea and a cinnamon roll or a meal. Don't forget to walk around the outside of this building to see all of the amazing features including columns, a fountain, and to look up to see all of the amazing materials that went into this grand building.
  • Really enjoyable visit here. We did the self guided tour. You pick up a free guide book and can wander through the public areas at your leisure. Lots of interesting information is provided throughout and you get to see the actual assembly. The politicians were absent during our visit. There is a security check on the way in a I had foolishly brought a backpack with a picnic. I had a butter knife in my pack.I informed the security person before he scanned the bag. This being Canada he scanned the bag his colleague thanked me for letting them know and asked me to ensure that it was not taken out during my visit. I love this country! Sensible people with a friendly outlook on life.
  • I've visited legislatures/parliament buildings in different countries around the world - capitol, WH, Florida Legislature, etc. This one is the worst. It has almost no history to it and the building is extremely unimpressive. The tours are boring. The info brochure has nothing on it either. I was very very disappointed.
  • This is a lovely old building. Looks especially nice at night during Christmas when it is lit up.

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The curling waterfront Wharf Street, which becomes Store Street, offers the best selection of lodgings in the city center, although you can expect to pay extra for the trademark views. Many travelers opt to stay in the neighborhood of James Bay, where Belleville Street and surrounds provide comfortable and even luxurious options. For something more relaxed and closer to nature, look south to the expansive Beacon Hill Park.
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