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“Stunning holiday lights”

British Columbia Parliament Buildings
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Owner description: 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, or even have a bite to eat in the Legislative Dining Room.Free guided tours are available Monday through Friday throughout the year, and seven days a week during the summer.
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“Stunning holiday lights”
Reviewed November 28, 2013

This is a fabulously ornate building, made even better at this time of year by the stunning holiday lights display outside.

Visited November 2013
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“Buildings misnamed but still worthwhile”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

The BC Legislature is commonly referred to--in error--as the Parliament Buildings. (The real Parliament Buildings are in Ottawa, Ontario.) Having said this, I highly recommend a tour of the Legislature here in Victoria. The guides are well-informed and are always ready with colorful stories of the characters and events which made BC history so interesting. Tours can be booked at the Main Entrance to the Buildings, facing Bellville Street. The murals are not be missed.

Visited February 2013
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PublicEducation, Tour Coordinator at British Columbia Parliament Buildings, responded to this review, November 28, 2013
Thank you for your comments.

In British Columbia, the proper name for the buildings in which the Legislative Assembly or Legislature meets is the Parliament Buildings. The term Legislative Assembly refers to the body of elected officials that are chosen to represent British Columbians, while Legislature most accurately describes the Lieutenant Governor acting by and with the consent of the Legislative Assembly.

The Parliament Buildings received their name from the Act of the Legislative Assembly that allowed for their construction. In 1893, when the Legislative Assembly decided to replace the original government buildings on the property, they passed The Parliament Buildings Construction Act, 1893. Since then, all other relevant Acts of the Legislative Assembly refer to the buildings as the Parliament Buildings.

There is no single name used for provincial capital buildings or elected representatives across Canada. For example, in Ontario, the Members of the Provincial Parliament (MPP) sit in the Legislative Building at Queen’s Park. In Quebec, the Members of the National Assembly (MNA) meet in the Hôtel du Parlement. In both Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, the Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) meet in Province House. In Newfoundland and Labrador, the Members of the House of Assembly (MHA) meet in the Confederation Building.
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Poulsbo, Washington, United States
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“A must see”
Reviewed November 24, 2013

We joined a guided tour and the guide was interesting and very knowledgeable. After the tour we were allowed to wander around on our own. Photos were encouraged. This was the best way to spend a couple of hours on a rainy afternoon.

Visited November 2013
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Courtenay, Canada
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“Canada Day at the Legislature”
Reviewed November 17, 2013

Actors dressed in period costumes take you on a guided tour of the Parliament buildings for free! We learned all about the architect, the history of the building, some of the politics and even behind the scenes places.

Visited July 2013
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“Bright Lights!”
Reviewed November 16, 2013

This is a beautiful building and you must be sure to see it at night. All year round the entire building is decked out with thousands of lights, quite spectacular! We love the historic things, so this fits the bill. Right across the street is a lovely park with a big fountain showing all the provincial crests, don't miss taking a look at that.

Visited September 2013
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