Tours of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta

Open to Discover

Public Tours

Visitor Safety Protocols Regarding COVID-19

The safety of Members, staff and visitors is a top priority for the Legislative Assembly. Please read the visitor safety protocols prior to visiting. 

Visitor Safety Protocols

The Legislative Assembly of Alberta welcomes visitors to the Legislature Building, offering free tours and introducing guests to Alberta’s legislative process.

Beginning in the Legislature rotunda, tours accommodate visitors of all ages and cover topics related to the levels of government; the roles of the Lieutenant Governor, Premier, Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly; Alberta's political history; the Daily Routine of the Legislative Assembly; parliamentary tradition and the art and architecture of the building.

Free Tours

Wheelchair Accessible West Entrance

Small Groups Up to 8 people

Duration of Tours 30 Minutes

Public tours are reserved in advance. In-person registrations are possible only if space permits. Group tours are pre-booked with the request form. Tours are delivered in English; French tours may be available for pre-booked groups.

Reserve a Tour

Group Booking Request

Tours

Group Booking Request

Tour bookings for 10 or more visitors

Please complete the group booking request form for groups of 10 or more visitors.

    Parliamentary Programs

    E-mail: visitorinfo@assembly.ab.ca

    Call: 780.427.7362

     

    Plan Your Visit

    Location, visiting hours, tour highlights and other information about visiting the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton.

    Plan Your Visit

    How to Get Here

    Hours of Operation

    School Tours

    History comes alive during inquiry-based school tours of the Alberta Legislature, which engage and educate students of all ages.


    Heritage Interpreters tailor school tours to suit the needs, interests and grade level of any class and encourage active participation.

    For example, in alignment with provincial educational curricula for each year, a Grade 6 tour highlights the function of provincial government and the importance of active citizenship while a Grade 9 tour outlines how the provincial Legislative Assembly compares to the federal government.

    Tailored School Tours

    Learn Alberta's History

    Encourage Active Participation

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    Tours provide students with an overview of the history of the province and insight into the legislative process. Heritage Interpreters explain the symbolism and stories behind the statues, flags and artifacts.

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    Students see the first Mace and hear the fascinating story behind its creation, experience the "magic spot," an acoustic phenomenon, and view the portraits of people who have contributed to Alberta's history.

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    A visit to the Legislature Chamber, where students learn about its traditions, officers and the role of their elected representatives, is the highlight of all tours. When the Legislature is in session, teachers can book group seating in the public galleries.

    School Booking Request

    Opening Dates For School Tour Bookings

    January - June 2021 Date to be announced

    July - August 2020 Second Monday of January (Bookings suspended)

    September - December 2020 Third Monday in June (Postponed to September 8, 2020)

    Tours book up very quickly, so it is recommended that teachers make reservations on booking opening dates or as close as possible to opening dates.

    Please note that only e-mail booking requests are accepted in early September to ensure fair booking access during high-volume booking time.

    School Tour Options


    Visits and Programming Are Free

    The Legislative Assembly of Alberta is pleased to offer a variety of on-site and online options for school groups. A Heritage Interpreter guides booked components, which can include a Legislature Building tour, educational programming, watching the MLAs in Session, and a visit to the Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre. 

    School Tour Steps and Form

    School tours introduce students to Alberta's legislative process and focus on topics related to levels of government; the roles of the Lieutenant Governor, Premier, Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly; Alberta's political history; the daily Routine of the Legislative Assembly; parliamentary tradition and the art and architecture of the building.

    On-site Tours

    Visitor tours

    Visitor tours introduce visitors of all ages to Alberta's legislative process and focus on topics related to levels of government; the roles of the Lieutenant Governor, Premier, Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly; Alberta's political history; the Daily Routine of the Legislative Assembly; parliamentary tradition and the art and architecture of the building.

    Grade 6 tours

    Grade 6 tours support the social studies curriculum in their coverage of the provincial level of governance and active citizenship. Students are given an overview of the history of the province and insight into the legislative process while discovering connections between the Legislature Building and Alberta’s democratic heritage.

    Grade 9 tours

    Grade 9 tours support the social studies curriculum through comparison and contrast of the functions and procedures of the provincial Legislature and the federal government. Students also learn how Alberta's unique political history has contributed to the national story. Interpreters challenge students to think critically and discover for themselves distinctions between the two jurisdictions, offering the class an engaging learning experience.

    English language learners tours

    Tours for English language learners welcome newcomers to the English language and make learning about Alberta's legislative history and parliamentary process more accessible. Customized tours introduce visitors to the history, traditions and people associated with Alberta's legislative process.

    Online Tours

    Live from the Legislature

    A Heritage Interpreter leads this all-ages visitor tour, which is live-streamed directly to one or more classrooms. Students interact with a second interpreter through chat, asking questions and receiving answers in real time. This tour covers the same content as the in-person tours.

    Pre-Recorded Tour

    Three Heritage Interpreters lead this all-ages tour that takes viewers throughout the Legislature Building, stopping at all of the same areas offered on an in-person visitor tour. Book a live question and answer video session after this tour to allow students to interact with a Heritage Interpreter and ask questions.

    On-site Programs

    The Mock Legislature

    The Mock Legislature allows students to participate in the parliamentary process as a role-play activity. Using replicas of the apparel and the symbolic items used in the Legislature, guides lead students through the stages of passage of a Bill so that every student can participate in the debate. Download the teacher manual, script and student handbook.

    Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre

    The Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre features an interpretive centre, theatre and gallery, which are all located on the main floor of the Edmonton Federal Building and are open for guests to discover, either booked with a Heritage Interpreter or as reservations without a dedicated Heritage Interpreter. Reservations can be added on to a group booking option as a way of adding programming outside of scheduled itinerary times. All reservations add 30 minutes per area.

    Agora Interpretive Centre

    The Agora Interpretive Centre is a hands-on, multimedia learning space that features interactive activities and historical artifacts relating to the Alberta Legislature Building. Explore the Agora Interpretive Centre and uncover compelling stories of Alberta’s past and inspiring tales about how active citizenship will shape Alberta’s future.

    Borealis Gallery

    The Borealis Gallery is a state-of-the-art exhibition space, where thought-provoking heritage exhibitions and world-class works by renowned Canadian artists await visitors. The Borealis Gallery features temporary exhibitions throughout the year that celebrate Canada’s dynamic identity, rich history and cultural diversity.

    Pehonan Theatre

    The Pehonan Theatre uses a 360-degree screen and 4-D effects in the film Our People Our Province, which celebrates the political and social history of Alberta.

    Watch Session

    Observe the Assembly in action from the public gallery in the Alberta Legislature Building and experience the Legislative Assembly first-hand. Visitors can watch the Speaker's procession and Oral Question Period, listen to the deliberations of the Assembly and be introduced to the Members of the Legislative Assembly. Please note that session dates are subject to change and are not guaranteed. Please reference the Assembly calendarwhen choosing a date.

     

    Online Programs

    Online educational programs are interactive presentations given by Heritage Interpreters to encourage students to consider new perspectives. They can be delivered for a Grade 6 or Grade 9 level.

    COVID-19 in Perspective 

    Examine the treatment of pandemics in Canada’s history and how individual and collective rights have been affected by the use of emergency powers. The three pandemics analyzed are the Smallpox pandemic in Western Canada (1869-71), the Spanish Influenza pandemic (1918-19), and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Unconstitutional Alberta 

    Examine the constitutional division of powers between governments in Canada, focusing on the role of citizens. Choose one of three case studies: the Famous Five successfully challenging the constitution, allowing women to be appointed as Senators; Lieutenant Governor John C. Bowen reserving Royal Assent to an unconstitutional bill passed in the Alberta Legislature; and Premier Ralph Klein’s use of the Notwithstanding Clause to redefine marriage in the province of Alberta.

    Perspectives on Treaties in Alberta 

    Explore the intricacies of Treaties in Alberta by examining the histories and development of Treaty-making in Canada, as well as present-day perspectives and understandings. Through fostering relevant discussions about the various levels of governance in Canada and Alberta, many of which overlap, this program highlights contemporary relationships and responsibilities, reconciliation and active ally-ship. 

    Watch Session

    This flexible option allows viewers to watch live broadcasts or previous recordings. Viewers can watch the Speaker's procession and Oral Question Period, as well as listen to the full deliberations of the Assembly. This activity is not led by a Heritage Interpreter. Learn More  

    On-site Options


    Online Options

    Note: the itineraries are PDF files. To ensure functionality, please download the document and open it in Acrobat Reader.

    On-site Booking


    Online Booking

    Note: these fillable forms are  PDF files. To ensure functionality, please download the form and open it in Acrobat Reader.

    Submit School Tour Booking Request Form

    E-mail: visitorinfo@assembly.ab.ca 
    Call: 780.427.7362

    Booked Groups will receive a confirmation e-mail

    along with additional information about the visit, including a map showing the bus drop-off and entrance location. Please contact 780.427.7362 for further details.

    Teachers’ Tours

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    Teachers’ tours cover the basics of general public tours but include further details about the building and the people who have worked in the Legislature over the years.

    Teachers' tours can be booked in advance for teachers' conventions or in support of other professional development activities. The tours may include presentations and question-and-answer sessions geared to teachers' professional interests. Participants will also receive print resources for use in the classroom and have an opportunity to view the mock Legislature classrooms and other program venues.

    Seniors’ Tours

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    Seniors' tours provide a fun-filled, informative day catered specifically for seniors to discover the Alberta Legislature at their own pace.

    Groups gather together and spend time at the Legislature Building soaking up history and enjoying collective activities. The Legislature Building is wheelchair accessible, including the public gallery in the Chamber, and has elevators for the convenience of visitors. Please use the west entrance for wheelchair access.

    English Language Learners Tours

    Customized tours present the history, traditions and people associated with Alberta's legislative process in a way that encourages active citizenship and involvement in the province's democratic system.

    The English language learners tour is supplemented by activity books that provide pre-tour exercises and reading-level-appropriate lessons to introduce basic terms and concepts necessary to understand the democratic process, Alberta's legislative history and provincial representatives in the Legislative Assembly.

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    English language learners activity books

    Written for Canadian language benchmarks levels 1 through 8, provide context for what English language learners will experience on the tour and further learning outcomes. Teachers may also book the mock Legislature classroom, where guides facilitate the basics of a parliamentary debate and participants practise language skills.

    Tourism Partners Familiarization Tours

    Information on these events will be posted on

    News and Announcements

    Familiarization tour events occur in spring and fall

    for members of the tourism industry, promoting the capital region and the province.

    Small group

    Familiarization tours are also available upon request throughout the year.

    Public Service Orientation Tours

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    Government employees get an insider’s view of the Legislative Assembly Office and how it contributes to Alberta’s parliamentary democracy with public service orientation tours.

    Hours of Operation

    SUMMER HOURSWINTER HOURS
    May 17 to September 7September 8 to May 16
    Wednesday to Sunday
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (plus Monday, September 7)
    Wednesday to Friday
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Saturday noon to 5 p.m.

    Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday. Hours may vary on Canada Day and Family Day. Hours are subject to change.

    Grounds Map

    Your guide to navigating the Legislature grounds.