British Columbia Parliament Buildings

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One of the cornerstones of the provincial capital's political journey, the British Columbia Parliament Buildings occupy an iconic presence on Government Street. Framed by an exquisitely manicured rose garden, this architectural masterpiece was designed by English-based architect Francis Rattenbury in layered styles that range from Neo-baroque to Romanesque Revival. Perched atop the most central of the 33 domes that feature along its facade is a life-sized statue of Captain George Vancouver, while another part of the edifice holds the statue of Chief Maquinna of the indigenous Nuu-chah-nulth tribe. The doors of the building lead to a grand rotunda that features striking depictions and murals of British Columbia's eventful past, as well as delicate, etched windows that celebrate Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee. The grounds of the Parliament Buildings embrace Victoria's resplendent Inner Harbour and offer sweeping vistas of its waterfront.

Location:  501 Belleville Street

Business hours:  Mo-Fr 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.