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British Columbia Parliament Buildings

Open today: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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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
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All reviews free tour beautiful building guided tour queen victoria inside the building dining room lit up at night francis rattenbury british columbia stained glass self guided legislative building beautiful at night bc legislature open to the public interesting history great tour
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Reviewed 5 days 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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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
Thank e10750law
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a must do for visitors to Victoria. The building is fascinating inside and out. Make time for lunch in the restaurant too!

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had the pleasure of being shown around by Nicholas who handled a very large group with professionalism and patience. There were no tour times that we could find on the website but arrived to find that they’re held on the hour except noon. There...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Helenbbbau
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We kind of stumbled upon this tour of the Parliament when walking around the building. The security people invited us inside and after going through security, we had the nicest time exploring and taking pictures. So much history and detail. Loved the time! And at...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank EdPlateau
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great building, great history and the cafeteria is kind of fun too. The building is unique, the history is fascinating and as I mentioned the cafe is kind of fun too, a bit of a throw back but in a good way and a chance...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank stopfer
Reviewed December 11, 2018

Most notable is the friendly security staff. But this is a beautiful historic seat pf provincial government. And at Christmas they have a tree that goes up into the rotunda. Worth take the tour to appreciate BC and our neighbors to the north.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Carl N
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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…