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British Columbia Parliament Buildings

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Home to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, the Parliament Buildings are open to the public year-round. Visitors are welcome to join one of the regularly scheduled guided tours, stroll through the buildings on their own self-guided tour...more
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501 Belleville St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 1X4, Canada
James Bay
+1 250-387-3046
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I enjoyed the guided tour. Some beautiful architecture and design, but not a lot to see. You’re not allowed to enter the chamber and have to crowd around a gate to look in. The guide had difficulty fielding some questions. I would still recommend a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank LVNVRichard
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Two days before we left home, I contacted the administrator to find out what times guided tours would be offered on the days we would be in Victoria in January. I received a prompt and thorough response. Kudos there! We opted for self-guided, though, and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Barb J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went for a look around because I love politics and was interested in seeing where the laws are made in BC. I really enjoyed my visit the tour guide knew his stuff and the whole building is just beautiful.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank DomLes94
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were in the area during the Christmas season and it was very beautifully lit up for tourists to see. We took pictures of course.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank CjP1959
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We walked around for a minute and we could not stop! It was so busy on the end of the afternoon that we seemed to be on the people's picture way all the time. So, we took our pictures and walked away! We didn't even...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank LeOtsuka
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were walking the grounds and noticed a tour had just started. Thinking we would probably have to wait until the next hour the security guard at the door said we could still join the tour. We caught up and only missed a few minutes....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Harold S
Reviewed January 8, 2019 via mobile

We stayed a long weekend at the Hotel Grand and were so grateful to have a beautiful view of the Parliament building. It was so beautiful with the holiday lights. We didn't actually do a tour.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 6, 2019 via mobile

My husband and I visited Victoria for our anniversary and enjoyed all of the Christmas lights, especially at the Parliament building.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 621elizabethr
Reviewed January 3, 2019

Our legislative buildings are always impressive but even more so during the Christmas Season. Lunch is offered at reasonable prices and with a creative menu.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 28, 2018 via mobile

I did the 40 minute free guided tour of the BC Legislature. You can do a self guided tour through the day but the guided seems to be 4 times a day. The guide was in character of a long elected member of the Legislature....More

Date of experience: December 2018
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November 19, 2018|
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Response from Mary J | Reviewed this property |
The lights go on at dusk and are pretty spectacular.
September 26, 2018|
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Response from itssharihere | Reviewed this property |
I believe as long as they are not in session (but not even sure people would be allowed in while in session.
July 4, 2018|
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Response from wazzaw123 | Reviewed this property |
BC Victoria Parliament Building tours are conducted only when Parliament is not seated. Tours hours are 9.30 to 11.30 am 1.30 to 3.30 pm and there is two express tours at 1pm and 4 pm . However you can self tour at ant time... More
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Kelowna, Canada
Late March or August? (2 Replies)
My 76 year old mother has always wanted to visit Ottawa and Quebec City. I am trying to put together a mother/daughter trip. Our interests are mainly historical/cultural with a little bit of "gift shopping". Because I am a teacher our trip will need to be either spring or summer break. My mother doesn't like heat, I detest rain. Other than that we're ok with cool temperatures as long as my feet aren't soaked! (She lives in Vancouver, I'm from the Okanagan if that tells you anything). What is...More
January 01, 2008|
Response fromscratchmyfeet|
Weather at the end of march in Ottawa is usually not nice, either a mess of snow or mess or melting slush and not usually very warm and I expect Quebec City will be about the same or worse. While there is chance of a heat wave, August is usually very nice. Ottawa rarely gets super crowded, but I Imangine Quebec city will be as it their 400th anniversary this year and there is lots going on. I would avoid Quebec City on the weekend in August.
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November in Ottawa (12 Replies)
I'm considering visiting Ottawa in early November. It would be my first vacation in Ottawa, so I have a few questions: 1. What is the weather like for Ottawa in early November? 2. I like boutique hotel properties that are centrally located -- any recommendations for Ottawa? 3. I like vintage and antique shopping with a preference for Midcentury Modern. What's the vintage and antique shopping like in Ottawa? 4. I wouldn't have access to a car during my vacation; how is transit and...More
August 31, 2013|
Response fromkrustytripper|
I'll answer #1 and #5 for you. #1 - Ottawa can be quite chilly in November....sometimes there is already snow. The average high is 5C. The average is 2C and the average low is -2C. It can be -10C or +15C as well in extreme cases. Bring a winter jacket for sure. November, by many Ontarians, is seen as one of the dullest months of the year. #5 - Four days is ample time to see the sights.
Transportation Question - Victoria to Van & Van - Whistler (5 Replies)
Looking for suggestions for transportation before I make final choices please ;) 2 adults with luggage - no vehicle Victoria, BC (by Parliament Buildings) to Vancouver so far i am thinking BC ferries - other suggestions? I do not think I need to prebook but looking for confirmation please. then Vancouver to Whistler Whistler to Vancouver Airport At this point I was thinking Pacific Bus Line and you do need to prebook I believe. Any other tips or suggestions related to this would...More
February 06, 2017|
Response fromAlegreVancouverBC|
Good info here: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/ShowTopic-g154945…