"Ontario Provincial Parliament - Queen's Park" Top 5 Page for this destination Parliament Building Tip by coolpanda87

Parliament Building, Toronto: 11 reviews and 15 photos

  Queen's Park
by coolpanda87

Nestled within the Unversity of Toronto campus area is Queen's Park, home to the Province of Ontario's Legislature & the seat for MPPs. (Members of Provincial Parliament) It is hard to believe that Queen's Park is normally this calm, for it was the battleground between public interests & the previous governing Progessive Conservatives. Under their leadership, there were numerous teacher strikes, protests by social assistance groups, NGOs, & even demonstrations against education policy.

There are numerous Legislative & Community exhibits found throughout the first floor hallways, mainly focusing on the history, culture heritage and parliament of Ontario. One historic gem here is Upper Canada's first mace, which was taken by American Troops during the 1812 war, and returned in 1934.

Also within the Ontario legislature building is the parliament chamber, where political parties debate a wide range of issues including healthcare & education. From the visitor galleries above, you can view a session of the provincial parlimament. The House meets Monday through Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m and on Thursday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Make sure the house has not recessed when you attend, or you will be dissapointed.

You could also attend one of its many public tours, including a general 1/2 hour tour that is free of charge. All tours depart from the information counter inside the front doors of the Legislative Building.

TOUR Hours:

Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed weekends and holidays

(Victoria Day Weekend - Labour Day)
Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Weekends and Holidays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

There is also an Inside - Out tour, a free one hour tour outside and inside the parlimentary buildings. Tours begin at 3:00 p.m. from the main lobby of the Legislative Building. This tour is available Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays from Victoria Day Weekend to Labour Day. It is also held daily in July and August.

Address: Legislative Building
Directions: By Car: Near Bloor Street & ROM
TTC: Queen's Park, Museum subway stations

othercontact: http://www.ontla.on.ca/index.htm
Phone: (416) 325-7500
Website: http://www.kids.premier.gov.on.ca/english/tourqueen/explorequeenspark.asp

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 4, 2004
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