Butchart Gardens Tours

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Butchart Gardens, established in 1904, treat visitors to an enchanting floral show that changes with the seasons. Covering 55 acres (22 hectares) on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, the botanical space is intricately laid out into separate themed gardens with landscaping that impresses and inspires gardeners and nature lovers alike.

The Basics
Butchart Gardens are a popular spot to visit from Victoria, Vancouver, and even Seattle, either on a gardens tour or combined with a whale-watching cruise, sightseeing tour, or seaplane flight and three-course dinner in the park. As you make your way through the different garden areas—from rose-covered paths to the dramatic Sunken Garden—you can admire blooming bulbs in springtime, head out on the dahlia walk during summer, admire floral displays in gorgeous fall colors, or take in the Japanese-inspired garden in the winter months.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Wear clothing suitable for the outdoors: dress for the weather, and bring an umbrella or hooded jacket in the rainy months.
  • Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy in the gardens or eat at one of the several onsite restaurants. 
  • The gardens are wheelchair and stroller accessible. 
  • You may visit the gardens independently or with a tour guide.
  • Though cameras are encouraged, the use of selfie sticks is prohibited.
  • WiFi is available at the coffee shop near the visitor center.

How to Get There
Butchart Gardens are 14 miles (23 kilometers) north of Victoria’s Inner Harbour on Vancouver Island, about 30 minutes away by road. Buses run to the gardens from downtown Victoria and the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal. You can also take a shuttle bus, taxi, or limo from the Fairmont Empress in Victoria to Butchart Gardens.

When to Get There
Butchart Gardens are open every day of the year. During peak season (July through August), the gardens can get quite crowded between 11am and 3pm. Arrive right at 9am when they open, and you’ll be rewarded with thin crowds and beautiful lighting for your photographs. On summer evenings, the gardens are filled with thousands of illuminations, with fireworks displays taking place every Saturday night in July and August (included in your Butchart Gardens admission). In December, the garden’s Waterwheel Square is converted into an outdoor ice-skating rink, complete with Christmas decorations and lights.

Butchart’s Themed Gardens
You can easily spend a full day exploring Butchart’s six themed gardens: the Sunken Garden, the Rose Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Italian Garden, the Concert Lawn Walk, and the Mediterranean Garden. The original Sunken Garden is a must-see, with its deep walls (remnants of the old quarry) cradling beds of annuals, flowering trees, and unique shrubs. Kids will love the hand-carved wooden carousel along the Concert Lawn Walk, just before the rose-laden arches greet visitors on their way into the Rose Garden—be sure to drop a penny in the Wishing Well here. The serene Japanese Garden invites contemplation as you wander along the paths past streams, ponds, and bridges, while the Italian Garden features sculptures and the Frog Fountain, and the small Mediterranean Garden has drought-tolerant plants from areas of the world with climates similar to Victoria’s.

Location
Address: 800 Benvenuto Avenue, Brentwood Bay BC V8M 1J8, Canada
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Butchart Gardens Tour from Victoria

Take a sweet-smelling stroll through Victoria’s famous Butchart Gardens, spanning 55 acres (22.2 hectares) of beautifully designed flower beds, lily ponds, footbridges, and thematic landscapes. With a convenient pickup location and a flexible return shuttle schedule, it’s an easy way to experience one of Victoria’s most popular attractions. Visit during summer or holiday season evenings to witness special luminous displays that add an extra touch of enchantment to the gardens.
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Christmas Lights Tour and Butchart Gardens

Get in the holiday spirit with a winter frolic under the Christmas lights display at Butchart Gardens and around Victoria. This private tour will highlight some of the lights hung for the holidays on the way to and from the Gardens. Each December, Butchart Gardens decorates with thousands of lights hung on the property. There is ice skating, hot drinks, and carollers to help set the winter wonderland scene.
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Whale-Watching Cruise from Victoria and Butchart Gardens Admission

Enjoy two favorite Victoria tours in a single day with this great-value combo package. Voyage into the open waters of the northern Pacific on a 3.5-hour whale-watching cruise, where you can encounter native marine life such as orcas, gray whales, and harbor seals with the help of expert guides. In the afternoon, explore the elaborate floral landscapes of Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site of Canada. Includes round-trip transfers from downtown Victoria and a flexible return schedule, so you can linger to enjoy the gardens’ luminous displays at night.
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Victoria to Vancouver Tour with Butchart Gardens Admission and Sunset Cruise to Vancouver

Finish your visit to Vancouver Island in style on this Victoria to Vancouver tour including Butchart Gardens. Travel by shuttle from downtown Victoria to the Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site. Gain insight into the region’s rich heritage from the informative narration on route. While away, enjoy peaceful moments in the beautiful floral gardens and the relaxed atmosphere of one of Victoria’s most popular attractions. Afterward, make your way to the garden’s waterside docks and hop aboard your boat for your sunset cruise to Vancouver.
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Victoria City and Butchart Gardens Private Half-Day Tour

Explore the beautifully historic center of Victoria, then trade downtown streets for the flower-lined paths of Butchart Gardens on a half-day, private tour of the city. You'll start with a trip to Fisherman's Wharf, then see the Parliament Buildings, the Empress Hotel, Beacon Hill Park, and Craigdarroch Castle, following scenic roads through the Vancouver Island countryside. With departures throughout the day, this tour of Victoria highlights is priced per vehicle, and can be tailored to your private group of up to seven people.
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Private Butchart Gardens and Victoria Half-Day Tour

Explore the city of Victoria and the famous Butchart Gardens on this half-day guided tour. On the way to the gardens, stop at several attractions including Beacon Hill Park, Craigdarroch Castle, and Mount Tolmie Park. While at the Butchart Gardens, take in the impressive floral displays and the many theme gardens. On the return trip, visit Chinatown, Parliament, and the Empress Hotel.
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Christmas in Victoria and the Butchart Gardens

Make this Christmas one to remember with this tour to Victoria and Butchart Gardens from downtown Victoria. Travel to Butchart Gardens to explore the holiday-themed lights, including a 12 Days of Christmas display. Mosey on through the neighborhoods of Victoria to see some of the best residential displays in the city, and then end the night with a visit to Inner Harbour to get you in the spirit of Christmas with more views of festive lights.
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Victoria Full-Day Private Tour

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