Welcome to The Parliament Building is truly a landmark in Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. Those are the famous buildings where Legislative Assembly or Legislature meets, located just across Belleville Street from the Inner Harbour on 501 Belleville Street.
Attractions around the BC Parliament Building
Just a few steps away from the BC Parliament Building, passersby will find many destinations and attractions such as:
- Empress Hotel – where one can visit for an afternoon tea;
- BC Museum – will allow you to plunge yourself into local history;
- The Bay Shopping Centre – will bring you back to the modern day with a full suite of shops to explore;
- Inner Harbour – with blooming flowers, palms and trees alongside gorgeous boats and yachts makes the walk on the harbor an unforgettable experience.
About the BC Parliament Building
British Columbia Parliament Building was built in the 19th century, with a breathtaking beauty of neo-baroque, renaissance revival and Romanesque revival architecture styles and officially opened in 1898. It was designed by a 25 years old English-born architect -Francis M. Rattenbury.
The Building surrounded with statues of historic persons:
- A life-sized Captain George Vancouver`s statue is standing on top of the building’s main dome and pointing towards Vancouver;
- Chief Maquinna was the leader of the Nuu-chah-nulth indigenous tribe from Nootka Sound;
- In front of the building stands the statue of her majesty Queen Victoria.
Past the fountain to the main stairs to the entrance, you will find the murals inside that decorates the rotunda to see scenes from British Columbia’s past. Glance into the legislative chamber to see where parliamentary decisions are made.
One of the main attractions of the building is more than 100 stained-glass windows:
- Majority of them were installed before the building was even complete, which makes them more than 110 years old;
- One of the largest is Diamond Jubilee Window, created by Powell Brothers Ltd in England in 1956;
- The newest windows, the Golden Jubilee Window was designed and crested by Edward Schaefer and Thomas Mercer in 1967.
Services available to the Public:
The building is open to the public all year around:
- Monday-Friday: 8:30am to 5pm,
- Sat-Sun: 8: 30am to 5pm (mid-May to early September only)
Free guided tours are available throughout the whole year on a schedule on both English and French. Otherwise self-guided tours are always welcome, and foreign visitors can grab booklets from the front desk or simply download in
- Chinese – 繁體中文, 简体中文;
- Dutch – Nederlands;
- French – Français;
- German – Deutsch;
- Italian – Italiano;
- Japanese – 日本語;
- Korean – 한국어;
- Portuguese – Português;
- Punjabi – ਗੁਰਮੁਖੀ;
- Russian – Русский;
- Spanish – Español;
- Ukrainian – Український.
Food and snacks are not permitted in the BC Parliament Building, nonetheless you are welcome to have a breakfast or lunch at Parliamentary Dining Room. Please visit official website to find out more about the time and conditions.
Do not forget to stop by the Parliamentary Gift Shop on you way out, it situated just before the exit. There you can find souvenir and protocol gifts, custom made for the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.
Legislative Library available to the public when not in use by the Legislature. Its collection contains materials about political science, parliamentary procedure, public administration, economics and Canadian history; a noteworthy collection of British Columbia and Canadian federal government publications.
Ground of the Parliament Building often used for various public events such a festival, bands and choir performances, photo sessions and more. You can always check if there is something exciting coming up on the Events calendar.
Additionally, you have an opportunity to book the Ground for your exciting event!
Travelling to the BC Parliament Building
If you drive to the Parliament Building, there is no dedicated parking available.
The closest street parking is available on the surrounding streets of Government Street, Superior Street and Menzies Street. You might get lucky to find a 1 or 2 hours’ free street parking; the majority of spaces are metered pay parking.
If you use the bus, please check the BC Transit schedule here.