The Legislative/Parliament Building in Downtown Victoria at dusk

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Comments (16)

a3a35919 on August 25, 2009

The BC Parliament Buildings in Victoria were constructed in 1893 by a young 25 year old creative architect, imagine that - just 25, by the name of Francis Rattenbury in honor of celebrating Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. Arguments arose of course, but soon the controversy was put aside and the Parliament Buildings were finally completed in 1915 with great anticipation. The Province of British Columbia now had an official residence for the B.C. Parliament and a home for the Provincial Legislation to assemble and discuss ways of boosting the lagging local economy at the time.

Francis Rattenbury and his crew focused the construction of the BC Parliament Buildings using, as much as possible, local materials, resources and expertise - supporting the local businesses was very important then and it is still now. Granite rock foundations were brought in from nearby Nelson Island, the site facades locally imported from Haddington Island and much of the local brick, lime and Douglas Fir were from Vancouver Island.

Even back then, Victoria BC dealt with construction over runs and controversy as the construction costs ballooned to just under 1 Million Dollars opposed to the $600,000 budgeted for the project. Big bucks back then, I'd say.

The BC Parliament Buildings, today, run visitor tours daily during the summer months. Usually the tours run between May long weekend and Labour Day long weekend in September.

When visiting the capital city of Victoria, the BC Parliament Building tours can translate the Victoria tour into French, German, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Anka D. on August 26, 2009

This is a very good description, Danny, if i visit any time British Columbia, i want to see this building... :-) Anka

a3a35919 on August 26, 2009

Thanx Anka for the visit and nice comments. It has a lot of history, no doubt about it!

Mahdi Kalhor on August 26, 2009

Excellent view.

This is a very unique and unforgettable photo.

Kind regards to you,


D. VERDU on August 26, 2009


foto sensacional,

muy bonitas todas tus fotos .

un gran abrazo,-----domingo---

a3a35919 on August 27, 2009

Gracias Domingo por sus amables palabras y opiniones. Cheers to you, Danny

TeresaSpy - Spychała on August 27, 2009

Danny beautiful building and photo.

a3a35919 on August 27, 2009

Thanx Teresa, sent you some links, and hope you enjoy them!Voted best of on your last sunset.. 14 Aug09. Cheers Danny

Seyithan BOZDEMİR on August 29, 2009

Wonderful view great photo. Congratulations !

► Greetings

► Seyit

D. VERDU on August 29, 2009

Sigo apostando

por esta foto, muy bonita rebonita,

un saludo desde españa.


Gabor Retei on September 1, 2009


What an excellent night shot!

Greetings from Port Moody, Gabe

a3a35919 on September 1, 2009

Yeah Gabe, not to shabby , best picture I've ever taken of this building and got all 3000 lights , I think? Cheers from Cloverdale, Danny

Bryan Bredberg on September 1, 2009

Very nice shot Danny, and thanks for the history lesson. I assume this is what you meant by "across the water" from my Sequim pictures? Regards ... Bryan

a3a35919 on September 1, 2009

Well not here , but at McNeill Bay on the east side of Victoria, (page 1 picture) looks across to Port Angeles. and your lighthose if you have a good set of bino's. Cheers Danny

cindy555 on June 10, 2011

Very nice Danny

Great night shot



a3a35919 on June 10, 2011

Thanx Maz

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on August 25, 2009
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    by a3a35919
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot A720 IS
    • Taken on 2009/08/20 20:40:23
    • Exposure: 0.125s (1/8)
    • Focal Length: 11.55mm
    • F/Stop: f/3.200
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash