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Ontario Legislative Building

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Address: University Ave. | (at Queen's Park Crescent), Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A2, Canada
Phone Number: +1 416-325-7500
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Opened in 1893, this Richardson Romanesque styled building is the seat of...

Opened in 1893, this Richardson Romanesque styled building is the seat of Ontario's Legislative Assembly. Frequent free tours offered throughout the year (closed weekends winter - open 7 days per week summer). View web site for visitation information and program details.

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We took a free 35-minute tour of this historic building. Good way to appreciate its history, politics, and procedures. Very informative and good way to see the building. Note... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We took a free 35-minute tour of this historic building. Good way to appreciate its history, politics, and procedures. Very informative and good way to see the building. Note that there is some construction and renovations going on this summer. ID required for tour. Tour is on the hour and half hour.

Thank jbwhitehouse
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A beautiful building which was a pleasure to see. The free guided tour was very interesting, and not to long for the kids. All was very kid friendly, with a object hunt on tour with a sticker and a tatoo as reward.

Thank claralouise99
North Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had Aaron as our guide and while you may think the tour would be slow and boring, it was very well done and easy to understand--and free!. With people from all around the world, they used an iPad and visuals, while the guide made sure to go slowly and repeat things in order to let everyone follow along. We... More 

Thank Shelby W
San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

We like visiting government buildings and you sign-in with the security guard at the front door and wait for the time of the the next free tour. The front stairs are really pretty and it's an old building where parts of it caught fire and it was rebuilt with a modernistic design and marble floors. Our tour guide was informative... More 

Thank Chartreuse
Akron, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

If you visit the Parliament buildings for what ever legitimate reason - the obvious one however is more important naturally, then you owe it to yourself to see this building and tour the inside if you want to know about the operations of the government. I go one step further - namely if you visit the ROM then you should... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

The building is set in park like setting on Queens Park Crescent flanked by the numerous buildings of Toronto University. Its of pinkish stone and is after the style of Richardson, a sort of quasi-Romanesque which looked like a Victorian High School. It was fronted by a pair of tall flagstaffs emphasising government credentials. A guidebook listed item, but nothing... More 

Thank observer2011
Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

I was here on Open Doors Toronto and was not disappointed at all. The designated walking tour allows my group to visit the Speaker's office, Lieutenant General reception and office room, the meeting chambers, and the hallways with many picture and exhibit in it. The tour allows me to learn more about the parliament and how it was run; the... More 

Thank Alvin V
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

Signed up for a FREE March Break tour, which included a treasure hunt. This two-hour activity was out of this world educational and super fun for parents and kids. Although the special tour is not on all the time, the building and history inside are incredible to see and experience. There are free guided tours throughout the day. It's worth... More 

Thank Angeline M
Brownsburg, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

As an American, I found the tour of this building to be educational and enjoyable. The tour guide was quite knowledgeable of the history of both the building and Canadian politics. He was pleasant and eager to answer every question. The tour allows time to take plenty of photos, as well. While touring the building was Free, I would not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

Have lived in Toronto all my life and never visited this building. Went during March Break and took part in a fantastic program for kids during March Break. The kids (and adults!) learned a lot in a great interactive program.

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