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Butchart Gardens
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.

Address: 800 Benvenuto Avenue, Brentwood Bay BC V8M 1J8, Canada
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Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour by Bus

Experience Victoria’s signature beauty on a full-day tour from Vancouver. Traveling by coach and ferry, witness the region’s stunning waterways and mountains en route to British Columbia’s capital. Spend the day snapping photos and visiting the city’s top attractions like the world-famous Butchart Gardens, a 55-acre (22-hectare) haven for nature enthusiasts. This tour combines guided coach tours and free time to explore on your own.
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Enjoy an immersive sightseeing tour in Victoria and visit one of the city’s most popular attractions—the famous Butchart Gardens—in one day. Following a pickup at your Victoria hotel, spin through the city in comfort by private vehicle, and hear the inside stories behind top attractions like Craigdarroch Castle and the Lieutenant Governor's Mansion. Visit the Butchart Gardens, and admire beautiful displays of colorful flowers among the tree-lined walkways.
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Christmas Lights Tour and Butchart Gardens

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Victoria, Highlights and secret places of a fabulous city

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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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Full-day Tours

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Discover the best of Victoria in just one day with a guided tour from the famed Fairmont Empress hotel. Traverse some of Vancouver Island’s most distinctive neighborhoods including the seaside town of Sidney. Visit highlights such as Beacon Hill Park, the Trans-Canada Highway Mile 0 marker, and your choice of local wineries or the Butterfly Gardens. Indulge in an afternoon tea-style lunch and tour Craigdarroch Castle and the world-famous Butchart Gardens.
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Multi-day Tours

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Enjoy a combination of British Columbia's top day trips covering Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler and more with this 4-day super-saver package. Explore top sights in Vancouver like Stanley Park and Granville Island. Then head to Whistler to visit Squamish Adventure Centre and the scenic Shannon Falls. You'll also visit Victoria's Butchart Gardens, and have time for more exploring in Vancouver using your included hop-on, hop-off bus tickets. This 4-day super-saver package includes round-trip transport from your hotel, ferry ride to Victoria from Vancouver, entrance fees, transport by coach for day trips, and hop-on, hop-off bus pass.
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Ferry Services

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Make the most of your trip from Vancouver, BC, to Seattle on a full-day tour that includes a visit to Butchart Gardens and free time to explore historic downtown Victoria. This point-to-point tour concludes on the Seattle waterfront and includes hotel pickup, ground transport, ferry tickets, and entrance fees.
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  • 15 hours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching

Whale Watching & Butchart Gardens

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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  • 4 to 7 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Small Group Sightseeing Tour of Victoria & Butchart Gardens

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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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Helicopter Tours

Victoria and Butchart Gardens by Helicopter and Speed Boat

While in Canada, experience Victoria’s wide selection of outdoor activities, and see the beauty of the Butchart Gardens on this guided tour by air, land, and water from Vancouver. First, take a helicopter flight over the Gulf Islands to spend some free time in the Garden City. See the Butchart Gardens before hopping on a speedboat cruise back to Vancouver.
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  • 10 hours
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