One of the most distinctive buildings in the city of Victoria is the Parliament Buildings for the province of British Columbia. For those entering Victoria by ferry or boat, the buildings are an impressive sight along the waterfront. The buildings, which were commissioned in 1893, and completed in 1898 are an excellent example of neo-baroque architecture. While the buildings are still in use today for the British Columbia legislative assembly, tours are available, and the buildings themselves are a popular spot for photo opportunities by tourists visiting the city on a day or multi-day trip. But for those looking for a bit more unconventional photo, and to experience what the power (and discomfort) of government feels like, the grounds of these buildings also feature an interesting curiosity, a sculpted replica of the interior Speaker’s Chair.
Directions: The Parliament Buildings are located at the corner of Belleville Street and Government street, and are impossible to miss. From this intersection one will want to walk west (toward the harbor) along the front of the building toward Menzies Street. Once one reaches Menzies Street, they will want to turn left (South) toward the Parliament Buildings, and follow the street to the back of the building. From this point, one will see the Legislative Rose Garden, which was added in the 1930’s, and a replica of the Speaker’s Chair next to a table with a tricornered hat. The replica is modeled after the actual Speaker’s Chair in the parliament buildings, which is rumored to be named the “most uncomfortable chair in the house”. At this point, one can sit, stand, or have any number of photographic opportunities as mock Speaker for a moment. Once done, there are plenty of other curiosities to explore along the streets of Victoria, such as Fan Tan Alley.