BC Parliament Buildings : Victoria, Canada
Capital City of British Columbia, Canada
The Parliament Buildings, located in Victoria, BC, Canada on Vancouver Island, are located on the banks of the Inner
Harbour. The government buildings are the dominant feature residing on a 5 hectare (12.5 acre) section of land situated on the waterfront in Downtown Victoria, BC.
The capital city of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada is
where the BC Government assembles to pass law
and make decisions which decide the future direction of the province.
The Inner Harbour is the main gathering place in Victoria for marine activity, sightseeing, entertainment, attractions and politics. There are always yachts, sailboats, sea planes, kayaks and passenger ferries moving to and from the docks and marina.
A two tier, level
waterfront walk-way is the sidewalk of choice for visitors when exploring on the waterfront - often being entertained by artists and musicians. During the night the Parliament Buildings light up the sky with over 3,300
light bulbs casting a magical spell over
Since attractions, activities, politics, shopping and dining are all within walking distance many visitors explore on foot. Some of the nearby attractions include the
gardens in Beacon Hill Park,
the history of the BC
Royal Museum and the shops, boutiques and artisans in the downtown
core on Government Street.
The construction of the BC Parliament Buildings in 1893 was led by a
25 year old architect by the
name of Francis Rattenbury. It was in 1897, during Queen Victoria's
Diamond Jubilee, that the construction was deemed complete.
Francis Rattenbury and his crew made an effort to use local
materials, resources and expertise when building the Parliament Buildings. Granite rock foundations
were brought in from nearby Nelson Island, the site facades were locally
imported from Haddington Island and much of the local brick, lime
and Douglas Fir were from Vancouver
Island. It was important to him and the Government to support local businesses during this very important time in British Columbia.
The Parliament Buildings of British Columbia, Canada were officially opened in February 1898. However details, refinishing, additions and upgrades were always on the go until 1915.
When work was completed the Province of British Columbia had an official residence for the B.C. Parliament to pass laws and a home
for the Provincial Legislative Assembly to gather and discuss the direction of the province.
The BC Parliament Buildings provide guided tours year round. Tours are provided Monday to Friday. However... tours are extended to every day during the summer months between May long weekend and Labour
Day long weekend. Tours are provided in both official languages of Canada - English and French - and can be arranged in other languages with notice and availability of staff.
BC Parliament Buildings are located on Belleville Street in Downtown Victoria's Inner Harbour. (Telephone)