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British Columbia Parliament Buildings Tours

British Columbia Parliament Buildings
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.

Practical Info

The British Columbia Parliament 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.
Address: 501 Belleville St., Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Hours: Summer daily 9am-5pm; winter M-F
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Victoria Castles and Neighborhoods Bike Tour

Victoria Castles and Neighborhoods Bike Tour

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Spin through downtown Victoria on two wheels and discover top city attractions with ease on this Victoria castles and neighborhoods bike tour. Hop onto your bike and follow your guide through the city streets. Learn of Victoria’s colorful past through its historic buildings, and explore districts including the Inner Harbour, Cook Street Village, and Chinatown. Enjoy fine views over the Dallas Road waterfront and admire the eery Craigdarroch Castle. Cycle through Moss Rock Park and Beacon Hill Park, and soak up the artistic atmosphere in leafy Fernwood.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$46.57
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$46.57
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Victoria City and Butchart Gardens Private Half-Day Tour

Victoria City and Butchart Gardens Private Half-Day Tour

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Explore the beautifully historic center of Victoria, then trade downtown streets for the flower-lined paths of Butchart Gardens on a half-day, private tour of the city. You'll start with a trip to Fisherman's Wharf, then see the Parliament Buildings, the Empress Hotel, Beacon Hill Park, and Craigdarroch Castle, following scenic roads through the Vancouver Island countryside. With departures throughout the day, this tour of Victoria highlights is priced per vehicle, and can be tailored to your private group of up to seven people.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$351.03
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$351.03
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Deluxe Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Victoria

Deluxe Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Victoria

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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.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$166.86
per group
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$166.86
per group
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Victoria Full-Day Private Tour

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.
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,754.32
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$1,754.32
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The Ultimate Group Package Tour of Victoria

The Ultimate Group Package Tour of Victoria

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Make the most of your visit to Victoria by seeing  many of the area’s highlights in just one day. This private tour packs in top sights including, Butchart Gardens, one of Canada’s oldest Chinatown neighborhoods, Craigdarroch Castle, and the famed Parliament Buildings. Plus, you’ll even have time to stop at a local winery to experience British Columbia’s burgeoning wine scene. Round-trip transportation is also included for an added convenience.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$543.26
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From
$543.26
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Guided Luxury City Tour of Victoria

Guided 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.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$108.65
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From
$108.65
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Victoria Gardens and Castles Grand Tour

Victoria Gardens and Castles Grand Tour

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Go with Dimitri your friendly, knowledgable, and local guide who has been providing world class tours for over 16 years with thousands of happy customers. Join us as we visit Victoria's most beautiful and famous attractions including castles, heritage buildings and sites, gardens, and much more; all from the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle. The tour is fully narrated with interesting stories and historically-relevant accounts that will create an unforgettable experience that you will tell all your friends about!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$406.67
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From
$406.67
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Victoria Heritage Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour

Victoria Heritage Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour

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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.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$92.69
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$92.69
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Beacon Hill Park Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour

Beacon Hill Park Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour

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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.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$132.98
per group
From
$132.98
per group
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Gourmet Dinner Tour Including Local Beer, Wine and City Highlights

Gourmet Dinner Tour Including Local Beer, Wine and City Highlights

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A 3.5 hour tour of Victoria, featuring a full 3 course progressive dinner, including local beer and wine, city highlights and an insiders look at the spirit of Victoria. Your local hosts will guide you through three walking tours to see the sights, tastes, and history of this beautiful city. Complimentary transportation to and from the Ogden Point cruise terminal or a local hotel can be arranged upon request. Tour includes, appetizers, local beer and wine, main entrée, dessert, coffee/tea, digestifs, all from several of Victoria's finest restaurants in a progressive dinner format. This is the way we show off our city to our friends and family who visit, and we look forward to sharing it with you. Food allergies and vegetarian options can be accommodated with advance notice. Gratuities are not included in the price and are optional.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$232.05
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$232.05

4-Hour Grand City and Butchart Gardens Tour

4-Hour Grand City and Butchart Gardens Tour

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Our professional historian is able to include many significant sites not offered in other tours. Enjoy the tour in our rare 1997 Bentley New Turbo R Exl built by Rolls Royce. Only 823 were built, all between 1995-97. Our Grand City and Butchart Gardens Tour covers all the main attractions in Victoria, the city of flowers, and the world-famous gardens located 15 miles outside of the city. For over a century, Butchart Gardens has been the premier attraction for travelers visiting Victoria. Enjoy BUTCHART GARDENS, a one and a half hour stop for a unique and remarkable experience, including 900 varieties of flowers and 120 varieties of trees. This finely crafted tour includes more attractions than we can list in the "What to Expect" section.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$200.00
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$200.00
Price varies by group size

2-Hour Grand City Tour

2-Hour Grand City Tour

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Our professional historian is able to include many significant sites not offered in other tours. Enjoy the tour in our rare 1997 Bentley New Turbo R Exl built by Rolls Royce. Only 823 were built, all between 1995-97. Our Grand City Tour covers all the main attractions in Victoria, the city of flowers. This finely crafted tour includes more attractions than we can list in the "What to Expect" section.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.00
Price varies by group size
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$100.00
Price varies by group size

Small-Group Best of Victoria Tour including Butchart Gardens - Private Safe Tour

Small-Group Best of Victoria Tour including Butchart Gardens - Private Safe Tour

Experience the highlights of Victoria by taking part in our Victoria Half-Day tour! This 5-hour sightseeing tour includes: Scenic photo opportunities at Mount Tolmie & Cormorant Point, a visit to Butchart gardens, guided tour of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, and 75 minute Victoria Harbour & Gorge Cruise*. It’s the perfect way to see and experience the best Victoria has to offer! *In the event the Victoria Gorge Cruise does not operate, you will be provided with a refund for the boat cruise portion of your tour. The remainder of the tour will operate as usual.
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  • 5 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$197.49
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$197.49
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Grand City With High Tea At Butchart Gardens Tour

Grand City With High Tea At Butchart Gardens Tour

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Our professional historian is able to include many significant sites not offered in other tours. Enjoy the tour in our rare 1997 Bentley New Turbo R Exl built by Rolls Royce. Only 823 were built, all between 1995-97. Our Grand City with High Tea at Butchart Gardens Tour covers all the main attractions in Victoria, the city of flowers, and the world-famous gardens located 15 miles outside of the city. For over a century, Butchart Gardens has been the premier attraction for travelers visiting Victoria. Enjoy BUTCHART GARDENS, a two and a half hour stop for a unique and remarkable experience, including 900 varieties of flowers and 120 varieties of trees, as well as a classic British Style High Tea with mouth-watering scones, delicious pastries, savory chowder, exquisite tea sandwiches, sumptuous desserts, and a selection of fine teas. This finely crafted tour includes more attractions than we can list in the "What to Expect" section.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$250.00
Price varies by group size
From
$250.00
Price varies by group size

3-Hour Butchart Gardens and City Tour

3-Hour Butchart Gardens and City Tour

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Our professional historian is able to include many significant sites not offered in other tours. Enjoy the tour in our rare 1997 Bentley New Turbo R Exl built by Rolls Royce. Only 823 were built, all between 1995-97. Our Butchart Gardens and City Tour covers some of the main attractions in Victoria, the city of flowers, and the world-famous gardens located 15 miles outside of the city. For over a century, Butchart Gardens has been the premier attraction for travelers visiting Victoria. Enjoy BUTCHART GARDENS, a one and a half hour stop for a unique and remarkable experience, including 900 varieties of flowers and 120 varieties of trees. This finely crafted tour includes more attractions than we can list in the "What to Expect" section.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$150.00
Price varies by group size
From
$150.00
Price varies by group size

Victoria Gardens and Castles Grand Tour

Victoria Gardens and Castles Grand Tour

Go with Dimitri your friendly, knowledgable, and local guide who has been providing world class tours for over 16 years with thousands of happy customers. Join us as we visit Victoria's most beautiful and famous attractions including castles, heritage buildings and sites, gardens, and much more; all from the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle. The tour is fully narrated with interesting stories and historically-relevant accounts that will create an unforgettable experience that you will tell all your friends about!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$270.85
per group
From
$270.85
per group
Taking safety measures

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are British Columbia Parliament Buildings hours of operation?
A:
British Columbia Parliament Buildings hours of operation: Summer daily 9am-5pm; winter M-F. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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