British Columbia Parliament Buildings Tours and Activities
Built overlooking Victoria’s Inner Harbor, the British Columbia Parliament 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.
Tours and Activities to Experience British Columbia Parliament Buildings
- 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