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-speaking (pronounced Le-KWUNG-en) peoples. Now known as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, these Coast Salish people have a rich culture and history dating back thousands of years.

Hours of Operation

The Parliament Buildings are open to visitors from Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. Visitors are welcome to take their own self-guided tour or to join one of the regularly scheduled public tours. Closed on weekends and holidays.

Visitor Notices

Ongoing Construction: Work will be taking place on the front driveway over the next few months. 

  • Visitors wishing to access the Main Entrance or to take a tour should arrive on the driveway via the Government Street side of the buildings. 
  • Visitors wishing to access the Dining Room or to use the accessible entrance should arrive via the Menzies Street side of the buildings.

Tour Information 

Free guided tours of the Parliament Buildings are offered year-round. Tours are offered on weekdays for the most of the year and seven days a week during the busy summer season. Please see the links below for more information.

Visitor Information

Parliamentary Dining Room

Space is limited, so reservations are recommended (250-387-3959). For more information, please visit the ​Parliamentary Dining Room webpage.

Transportation and Parking 

The Parliament Buildings are located at 501 Belleville Street in Victoria, British Columbia. 

There is no public parking available on the property. Street parking and pay parking lots are located nearby. Outdoor bike racks are located on either side of the buildings behind the East and West Annexes. A bus stop is located on the Government Street side of the property and many other buses stop nearby.

For more information, please visit our Transportation and Parking​ page.

Security Screening 

Visitors to the Parliament Buildings and individuals accessing the Dining Room or the Public Galleries will be required to go through security screening. Please see the security screening page for more information.

Special Access Requirements     

The Parliament Buildings are accessible to visitors in wheelchairs and scooters, those with limited mobility, and young children in strollers. From the main driveway at the front of the Parliament Buildings, enter via the ramp on the west side of the front steps and ring the buzzer for assistance.​​​​ 

Visitors are welcome to bring any supportive devices or service animals to accompany them during their visit. Pets are not permitted in the Parliament Buildings.

Observing 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. Public meetings of Parliamentary Committees are listed in the Committee Meeting Calendar

Parliamentary Gift Shop

​Located next to the exit on the first floor of the Parliament Buildings, the Parliamentary Gift Shop offers a variety of gifts that are custom made for the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.

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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 for information.

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.

Learn About the Legislature

Resources are available on the Learning Resources page and the Discover Your Legislature program.

Building Status and Emergency Information

In the event of an emergency, or change to status of the Parliament Buildings, visitors can find updated information here. 

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.