History of the Buildings
This 12 ½ acre property has served as a site of government in British Columbia since 1864. The original structures, known as the Birdcages, were built to house the elected assembly for the Colony of Vancouver Island and continued to be used by the Legislative Assembly after British Columbia became a Province of Canada in 1871. The current Parliament Buildings, designed by the architect Francis Rattenbury, were officially opened on February 10, 1898.
Take a Tour
Free guided tours are available throughout the year. Come to discover the history of the province, the architectural splendor of our cherished heritage building and learn about British Columbia's parliamentary process.
Visitors are welcome to observe proceedings from the Public Galleries when the Legislative Assembly is sitting. Please check the Parliamentary Calendar to see if the Legislative Assembly will be sitting on the day of your visit. Visitors can also observe Parliamentary Committee meetings or find out more about public consultations that are underway. Public meetings of Parliamentary Committees are listed in the Committee Meeting Calendar.
Dine at the Parliamentary Dining Room
The Parliamentary Dining Room is open from Monday to Friday for breakfast and lunch. The hours of operation change based on the schedule of the Legislative Assembly and can be found on the Parliamentary Dining Room page. Visitors to the Parliamentary Dining Room must use the ground level accessible Mowat entrance located on the front driveway beside the stairs and present valid photo identification to Legislative Security upon arrival. Please allow for sufficient time to go through security screening.
Browse the Parliamentary Gift Shop
Located next to the exit on the first floor of the Parliament Buildings, the Parliamentary Gift Shop offers a variety of souvenir and protocol gifts that are custom made for the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.