British Columbia Legislature Buildings Tours

Built overlooking Victoria’s Inner Harbor, the British Columbia Legislature Buildings form an impressive architectural and historical landmark within a few steps of downtown.

When the provincial legislature outgrew its former home, the provincial government hosted an architectural competition to build the new legislative buildings. Francis Rattenbury, a then 25-year-old recent arrival from England, won with his three-building neo-baroque style plans, but construction didn’t go without its woes; the project soared beyond its original budget, but the new British Columbia Parliament Buildings did open their doors in 1898.

The white marble, massive central dome, and lengthy façade combined to make an innovative and impressive monument for what, at the time, was a relatively young Canadian province. The building remains equally impressive, today, and a few new landmarks exist on its property. A statue of Queen Victoria stands on the front yard, while a figure of George Vancouver sits atop the central dome. There is also a statue of a soldier to commemorate the province’s fallen heroes from WWI, WWII, and the Korean War.

Practical Info

The British Columbia Legislature Buildings are located at 501 Belleville St in Victoria, B.C. Throughout the summer; they are open daily from 9am to 5pm. Throughout the winter, the buildings are closed on weekends.
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Address: 501 Belleville St., Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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Hours: Summer daily 9am-5pm; winter M-F
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Victoria Guided Food and History Tour

Explore Victoria's history and culinary scene on this walking tour of the British Columbian city. Follow a guide to highlights such as the Parliament Buildings, the Inner Harbor Causeway, Trounce Alley, Bastion and Market squares, Fan Tan Alley, the Harmonious Gates of Interest, and the Victoria Public Market. Along the way, stop for between six and eight food tastings of craft beer, chocolate, tea, tapas, cheese, bread, olive oil, and other local products.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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1-Hour Luxury City Tour of Victoria

Capital of British Columbia, Victoria sits on Vancouver Island—with beautiful Victorian architecture and sweeping coastal views. Ideal for visitors short on time, this flexible sightseeing tour starts any time between 8am and 8pm, and takes in top attractions such as Beacon Hill Park, Chinatown, and 19th-century Craigdarroch Castle. Stop throughout your tour to capture the city on camera, with round-trip travel from your Victoria hotel included.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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30-Minute Heritage Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour

The Canadian city of Victoria has a rich British colonial history dating back to the Victorian era, evident in its striking architecture and historic landmarks. Explore the city in style by traditional horse-drawn carriage, and take in sites of interest such as James Bay— one of Vancouver Island's oldest neighborhoods—and the Salish Sea waterfront. As your horse clops along, enjoy fine views over Victoria to the Olympic Mountain range beyond.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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60-Minute Deluxe Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour

Capital of British Columbia, Vancouver lies on the southern shores of Vancouver Island—with striking architecture, pretty parks, and a British colonial history dating back to the Victorian era. On this tour, explore Victoria in comfort by traditional horse-drawn carriage as your guide brings the city’s Victorian past to life. Along the way, discover sites of interest such as Beacon Hill Park, historic James Bay, and the Salish Sea waterfront.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Victoria and Butchart Gardens with Victoria Clipper to Seattle One-Way from Vancouver

Make the most of your trip from Vancouver, BC, to Seattle with a full-day tour that includes a visit Butchart Gardens and free time to explore historic downtown Victoria. This point-to-point tour concludes on the Seattle waterfront, and includes hotel pickup, ground transport, ferry tickets, and entrance fees.
  • Duration: 15 hours
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45-Minute Beacon Hill Park Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour

Enjoy a romantic ride with that special someone, or a fun excursion with family and friends as you visit Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park in a horse-drawn carriage. Beacon Hill Park is one of Victoria’s main attractions, home to a petting zoo, playground and splash park, and the tallest totem pole in the world. Learn all about it from your guide as you revel in the beauty of the park.
  • Duration: 45 minutes
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  • Duration: 45 minutes
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Victoria Full-Day Private Tour

Travel to Victoria by private tour from Vancouver with included round-trip transport and an admission ticket to one of the city’s most famous attractions, Butchart Gardens. During your ferry ride from Vancouver, enjoy views of the Strait of Georgia. Plus, make a stop at Victoria Harbour, and go on a tour of the British Columbia Parliament Buildings.
  • Duration: 14 hours
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  • Duration: 14 hours
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