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Welcome to British Columbia Parliament Buildings

British Columbia Parliament Buildings

Built in 1893, the British Columbia Government Parliament Buildings were initially criticised as an unnecessary expense, but now form a major tourist attraction in Victoria, as well as serving as the legislative centre for the province. Designed by 25-year old architect Francis Rattenbury (who also designed The Fairmont Empress Hotel), these beautiful buildings and exquisite grounds are situated at Victoria's Inner Harbour, close to many of Victoria's other main attractions. Various performances routinely take place in the grounds and visitors can enjoy the spectacular sight of the Buildings at night, when over 3,000 lights outlining the buildings create a fairy-tale like picture. Tours of the Buildings are available and visitors can observe the House in session from the public galleries.

Information & Facts

501 Belleville Street, Victoria
The official languages are English and French (predominantly in Quebec).

The currency used is the Canadian Dollar (CAD), which is divided into 100 cents. One-dollar coins are also known as loonies (due to the picture of a loon, a type of bird, on the coin), and two-dollar coins as toonies. Banks and bureaux de change will change money and travellers cheques, as will some hotels, but the rate will not be as good. Major credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are plentiful. US Dollars are largely accepted, though due to fraud, larger notes might not be and change is usually given in Canadian dollars.

Opening Times
Tours run throughout the year, Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm
Canada covers six time zones, from GMT 8 in the west to GMT -3.5 in the east.
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