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Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens

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800 Benvenuto Avenue, Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1J8

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.

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Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver
Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver
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$186.62 per adult
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Love the colors of autumn...
Love the colors of autumn in the garden. It is absolutely breath taking! The experience is a must see especially in autumn.
Ranel_E, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Victoria

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Butchart gardens is...
Lin_F, Oct 2021
Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver
Butchart gardens is breathtaking! Amazingly beautiful! Our tour guide is wonderful! City of Victoria is so charming. Definitely worth to come back and stay overnight.
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Worth it
Donnalee_B, Oct 2021
Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver
The gardens were fantastic- a great place to meander. Even in the middle of October plants we’re in bloom and the grounds are stunning. I’d like to come back in summer!
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Everything was perfect...
Carlos_C, Oct 2021
Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver
Everything was perfect beautiful great experience lovely we love the garden and most incredible thing was when they make the bridge between Vancouver and Victoria to cruise the island first time we experience our trip was amazing we meet great people
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It was a well thought out...
Ayanfeoluwa_O, Oct 2021
Victoria Butchart Gardens & Sightseeing Tour
It was a well thought out day trip. Our guide, Joe Bitgood was fantastic, great knowledge and interest in the history and modern history of Vancouver, Victoria and BC. And then you get to go on a ferry through a very beautiful part of the world.
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Booking ref: BR-829056860
Gerald_E, Sep 2021
Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver
In spite of a delayed start on the ferry in the morning which caused slightly shortened time at Butchart Gardens snd downtown Victoria, then a much-delayed return on the ferry, our guide Alex stayed good-humored and kind and kept everyone well-informed and at ease.
star-5
Great day out; beautiful gardens.
Chris_B, Sep 2021
Victoria Butchart Gardens & Sightseeing Tour
A great day visiting the beautiful gardens and Victoria. Our guide was attentive and knowledgeable. Be prepared for a long day out and if you want a quicker return journey back to Vancouver have a look at seaplane options.
star-5
Excellent excursion
WENDY_O, Sep 2021
Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver
Guide Herman was excellent. Ferry was super nice. Butchart Gardens were beautiful and Victoria was charming.
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Victoria tour from Vancouver super
Connie_L, Jul 2021
Private Tour: Victoria and Butchart Gardens Day Trip
We were lucky, we had 2 guides, very nice people, the ride on the ferry was very smooth, I recommande Erick and Maggie as nice tourist guides
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Solo exploring!
cedand3, Oct 2019
2-day Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour with Overnight at The Fairmont Empress
Great trip! All very straightforward with pick up and the driver, Jack, did an excellent job. The Butchart Gardens are lovely and the hotel in Victoria, beautiful. Highlight of the trip - the seaplane back to Vancouver. I had great weather but it was really special!! Would definitely recommend.
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Must see
Magda_M, Oct 2021
Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver
Gorgeous place , must see I will recommend it to everyone. More time needed to see it all And to have a tea or a bite in bits gorgeous restaurant
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To the Gardens and Back
Robert Ralph L, Sep 2018
Victoria City and Butchart Gardens Private Half-Day Tour
Our guide picked us up at pier with a sign to identify herself to our party. She was pleasant and accommodating as possible as our group had some dissent as to where the tour should go. The high light of the tour was visiting Butchart Gardens. Our guide gave us 90 minutes to tour the gardens which was adequate on this particular day as the crowds weren't bad. We enjoyed the drive around Victoria City and the information we received about the various sights.
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Breathtaking
Gisela_R, Sep 2021
Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver
Butchart Gardens is breathtaking and enjoyed the fragrance in the air from the different flowers. Victoria is a beautiful city with lots to see and do. Thank you.

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 on-site restaurants.

  • The gardens are both 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.

  • Wi-Fi is available at the coffee shop near the visitor center.

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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.

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When to Get There

Butchart Gardens are open year-round, and during peak season (July through August) they get quite crowded between 11am and 3pm. Arrive at opening and you’ll be rewarded with few crowds and beautiful lighting for your photographs. On summer evenings, the gardens host fireworks displays every Saturday night in July and August. In December, the garden’s Waterwheel Square is converted into an outdoor ice-skating rink, complete with Christmas decorations and lights.

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Butchart’s Themed Gardens

There are six themed gardens here: 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, home to annuals, flowering trees, and unique shrubs, although kids will love the hand-carved wooden carousel along the Concert Lawn Walk. Meanwhile, the serene Japanese Garden invites contemplation and the small Mediterranean Garden has drought-tolerant plants from areas of the world with climates similar to Victoria’s.

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Butchart Gardens