Visiting the Legislature

Visiting the Legislature

Welcome to the Parliament Buildings, home to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia where elected representatives – called Members of the Legislative Assembly or MLAs – meet to shape the future of the province by debating and passing the laws that govern British Columbia.

The Parliament Buildings and surrounding areas are located on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen (pronounced Le-KWUNG-en) people. Now known as the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations, these Coast Salish people have a rich culture and history dating back thousands of years.

Free guided tours of the Parliament Buildings are offered year-round. Tours are offered seven days a week from the May-long weekend through to Labour Day and on weekdays for the rest of the year.

Tour Information 

Visitor and Event Information

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What to Do While You're Here

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.

Dine in the Parliamentary Dining Room

Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 250-387-3959. You may also enjoy our delicious cuisine to go through our curbside take out service. For more information, please visit the ​Parliamentary Dining Room webpage.

Book the Grounds

The grounds of the Parliament Buildings are available for use for a wide variety of non-commercial events and performances. Please consult the Public Use of Legislative Grounds information for guidelines and how to submit an application form.

Learn About the Legislature

Resources designed to help British Columbians learn more about the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia are available at Learning Resources and Discover Your Legislature.

Visit Victoria

Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is the western most Provincial Capital in Canada.  Please visit Destination Greater Victoria for more information.

Observe Debates​

​Visitors are welcome to observe proceedings from the Public Galleries. 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

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.

Visit the Legislative Library

The Legislative Library's core collection consists of political science, parliamentary procedure, public administration, economics and Canadian history. There is also a significant collection of British Columbia and Canadian federal government publications. Please visit the Library's hours and services​ page for more information.

Building Status and Emergency Information

In the event of an emergency, or change to status of the Parliament Buildings, visitors can find updated information to provide assistance.  Information may include precinct security alerts, closures and openings during emergencies or unfavorable weather situations.