Pictures cannot relay to you how much we liked Butchart Gardens. We have been to many gardens but none as beautiful as this one. I only wish the roses had still been in full bloom as they are my wife's favorite flower of all times but because of the spectacular assortment of all the other theme gardens, she felt she could picture it anyhow. Our bus driver was most accommodating in giving us a quick drive around the city of Victoria itself, pointing out different places that we could visit as we walked around. He was willing to take anyone earlier to the Gardens if they wished and I would be the first to say that more time could have easily been spent there if having known before what we were going to see. However, we were also very impressed with the whole area around the water area right in the middle of Victoria--the buildings, especially the Empress Hotel, were magnificent. We would use Viator again; however, for the price and the length of the trip I do believe at least lunch should be included.
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