British Columbia Parliament Buildings
The British Columbia Parliament Buildings are typically seen from the outside during guided sightseeing tours of Victoria. Visitors can also explore the interior as part of self-guided or guided tours on weekdays, and by guided tour only on weekends. Tickets for guided tours are given on a first-come-first-served basis and are issued on the driveway in front of the legislature, with tours lasting about 35–40 minutes. Tours include commentary covering the history of the province, the parliamentary process in British Columbia, and the architecture of the buildings. Visitors can also observe the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in session from the public gallery and can look in on Parliamentary Committee meetings too.
Things to know before you go
- Valid photo identification is required to enter the on-site Parliamentary Dining Room, which is open for breakfast and lunch on weekdays.
- Souvenirs can be purchased at the on-site gift shop.
- The British Columbia Parliament Buildings are wheelchair-accessible.
- As it is an active place of work, visitors are asked to speak quietly while inside.
How to get there
As there are no dedicated parking spaces at the Parliament Buildings, it’s best to arrive by public transit or on foot. Bus routes #70 and #72 connect Swartz Bay Terminal with downtown Victoria, stopping at Belleville at Douglas, just a 2-minute walk away.
When to get there
The Parliament Buildings are regularly open to the public during the summer season (usually mid-May through early September), but may have shorter opening hours during the rest of the year. Tour schedules vary, so check ahead. Arrive at least 15 minutes early to allow sufficient time to pass through security screening. It’s worth coming back to view the Parliament Buildings in the evening when the facade is illuminated.
What to See Nearby
The British Columbia Parliament Buildings are conveniently situated in Downtown Victoria, with several major attractions mere steps away. The historic Hotel Fairmont Empress is just 2 minutes away on foot, while the Royal BC Museum—which covers the human and natural history of the province—is next door.
- Bateman Foundation Gallery of Nature
- Victoria Inner Harbour
- Fairmont Empress Hotel
- Royal British Columbia Museum
- Miniature World
- Victoria Bug Zoo
- Government Street
- Emily Carr House
- Old Town Victoria
- Fisherman's Wharf
- Race Rocks Ecological Reserve
- Victoria Chinatown
- Victoria Cruise Port
- Beacon Hill Park
- Art Gallery of Greater Victoria