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School Tours and Programs

School Tours

Guided tours provide a general overview of the history of the Parliament Buildings and the role of the Legislative Assembly. 

The guided tour typically includes four rooms:

If you are coming on a day that the Legislative Assembly is meeting, some of the rooms that are normally included on a guided tour will be closed due to government events and activities.

Tour Information

  • The maximum number people for each tour is 35 students and 5 adults. Larger groups will need to book multiple tours.

  • Plan to spend approximately one hour at the Parliament Buildings for a guided tour, or 1.5 hours if you will also be observing debates.

  • If there is a topic of specific interest to your class, please share that information with us on the booking form.

  • During the months of May and June guided tours are delivered by college and university students. Our summer guides bring lots of fun and enthusiasm to the tour, but please be aware that they may be new to the subject matter.

Observing Debates

School groups may be allotted 20 minutes in the Public Gallery to observe debates when the Legislative Assembly is meeting. 

  • Make sure you book using the 'Tour with Gallery' option if you wish to observe debates as part of your visit.

Members of the Legislative Assembly

We will notify your school’s MLA of your visit and invite them to meet with your class during the tour. 

  • MLAs have very busy schedules so we cannot guarantee their availability on the day of your visit.

  • Consider inviting your school’s MLA to visit your classroom before or after your visit. Contact information is available here.

Other School Programs

Educational Resources

Professional Development

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Important Information

  • Tour times, tour routes and the Parliamentary schedule are subject to change without.

  • In case of an emergency, our Protective Services Staff will provide instructions on what to do. They are also trained in first aid and can assist in cases of medical emergency.

Preparing for Your Visit

Please review your confirmation email to make sure the details of your visit are correct. Contact the Tour Office at 250.387.9243 or tours@leg.bc.ca if you have any questions or concerns.

How to Book

1. Click on the 'Book Now' button at the top or bottom of the page.

2. When the new page opens, enter the date you wish to visit at the top of the page.

3. The page will display the tour options that are available on the date you wish to visit:

  • Tour (guided tour only)
  • Tour with Gallery (guided tour and time to observe debates)   
  • Virtual Classroom (online learning session)       

4. Click on the blue 'Book Now' for the appropriate category. 

5. Complete the booking form.

6. You will be receive a tentative booking email once your request has been submitted. 

7. You will receive a tour confirmation email once your request has been approved.

Please note:

  • The calendar on the booking form will only display tour times that are still available on the day you wish to visit. 
  • The 'Group Tour with Gallery' calendar will only display available tours on days when the Legislative Assembly is meeting.
Questions

Contact us at tours@leg.bc.ca if you have any questions.

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