British Columbia Parliament Building

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British Columbia Parliament Building featuring heritage architecture, an administrative buidling and night scenes

Visit the legislative headquarters of British Columbia to admire neo-baroque architecture and murals depicting scenes from the province’s history.

The British Columbia Parliament Buildings are arguably Victoria’s most well-known landmark. Admire 19th-century architecture, stroll around the premier’s rose garden and see sculptures of historical figures and murals portraying life in British Columbia. The grounds of the Parliament Building and Legislative Assembly are also the location for many free cultural events, such as live music performances and ceremonies. Pass by after dark when over 3,000 lights illuminate the building, a picturesque sight.

The English-born architect Francis Rattenbury designed Victoria’s new legislative building and it officially opened in 1898. Architecture enthusiasts will enjoy taking photos of the building’s neo-baroque design, which includes 33 copper domes.

Look up at the life-sized statue of Captain George Vancouver standing on top of the building’s main dome and pointing towards Vancouver, the city named after him. The building is adorned with other sculptures, including one of chief Maquinna. He was the leader of the Nuu-chah-nulth indigenous tribe from Nootka Sound.

In front of the building stands the statue of Queen Victoria. Walk past the fountain to climb the main stairs to the entrance. Inside, inspect the murals that decorate the rotunda to see scenes from British Columbia’s past. Peek into the legislative chamber to see where parliamentary decisions are made. A stained-glass window commemorates the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria.

From the building’s front lawn you can sit and enjoy views of Victoria’s waterfront. The lawn is part of the Symphony Splash, a classical music concert that takes place on a floating stage in the Inner Harbour.

Overlooking the Inner Harbour, the British Columbia Parliament Buildings are within easy walking distance of downtown Victoria. There are several pay-and-display parking lots nearby and public buses stop on the surrounding streets.

The British Columbia Parliament Buildings are open Monday through Friday and on the weekend May through September. Free 45-minute guided tours take place at regular intervals throughout the day. Ask at the main entrance for a schedule or check out the schedule of events on the legislative ground’s official website.

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Strathcona Hotel
Strathcona Hotel
2.5 out of 5
919 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC
The price is $89 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
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Fairmont Empress
Fairmont Empress
4 out of 5
721 Government St, Victoria, BC
The price is $268 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
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Hotel Grand Pacific
4 out of 5
463 Belleville St, Victoria, BC
The price is $164 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
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Sep 3, 2019

If you are able to stay till night in Victoria, see the parliament building at night. They light it up so well!

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Aug 2, 2019

Beautiful at night.

4/5 - Good

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May 13, 2019

Check schedule, as was not open to public on Sundays and tours only on Fridays.

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Apr 30, 2019

not open on Saturday

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Jan 5, 2019

Beautifully lit up for holidays.

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Dec 26, 2018

Beautiful Christmas lights

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Strathcona Hotel
Strathcona Hotel
2.5 out of 5
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The price is $89 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
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4 out of 5
721 Government St, Victoria, BC
The price is $268 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
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4 out of 5
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The price is $164 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
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3.5 out of 5
740 Burdett Ave, Victoria, BC
The price is $133 per night from Nov 4 to Nov 4
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4 out of 5
500 Oswego Street, Victoria, BC
The price is $125 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
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4.5 out of 5
623 Courtney St, Victoria, BC
The price is $192 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Victoria
4 out of 5
777 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC
The price is $157 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
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Royal Scot Hotel & Suites
3 out of 5
425 Quebec St, Victoria, BC
The price is $105 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
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2 out of 5
600 Douglas St, Victoria, BC
The price is $93 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
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