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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.

Address: 800 Benvenuto Avenue, Brentwood Bay BC V8M 1J8, Canada
Hours: Varies seasonally
Admission: Varies seasonally
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Butchart Gardens Shuttle from Victoria Hotels & Entry Ticket Day Trips

Butchart Gardens Shuttle from Victoria Hotels & Entry Ticket

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Reserve your spot and stay longer at lush Butchart Gardens with this guided transfer that includes admission to the botanic garden. Join your small group in a comfortable coach and settle in to your reserved seat to make the trip while listening guided commentary about the gardens past and present. Learn what’s blooming, get tips on what to see before your visitm, and skip long bus lines when you arrive. 
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  • 2 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Victoria City and Butchart Gardens Private Half-Day TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Victoria City and Butchart Gardens Private Half-Day Tour

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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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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$348.16 
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Private Small Group Tour of Victoria & Butchart GardensDay Trips

Private Small Group Tour of Victoria & Butchart Gardens

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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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From  
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Butchart Gardens Countryside City Highlights TourDay Trips

Butchart Gardens Countryside City Highlights Tour

This is an excellent tour for those who have a little extra time. On this private tour, you can set your own pace to visit our beautiful Butchart Gardens and have time to explore our historic modern city. We will tour through Victoria's oldest neighbourhoods, Craigdarroch Castle and the Government House. Enjoy a leisurely stroll around the Inner Harbour while looking at the spectacular Parliament Building and historic Empress Hotel. We will tour through Chinatown and colorful Fisherman's Wharf. See the worlds largest totem pole. Sit back and enjoy a scenic seaside drive to Butchart Gardens and have an opportunity for an amazing 360 mountain top view. Explore enchanting Butchart Gardens at your own pace. You can dine at the Gardens or we can stop for a bite at a local eatery, enjoy a local winery or cidery as we drive through scenic countryside past quaint farms and modern estates. Butchart Gardens Entrance fees not included. Easily purchase tickets at gardens on arrival.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Private Christmas Lights Tour and Butchart GardensChristmas

Private Christmas Lights Tour and Butchart Gardens

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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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  • 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Butchart Gardens and Vancouver Island TourPorts of Call Tours

Butchart Gardens and Vancouver Island Tour

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Booking a tour with round-trip transportation means you can enjoy the scenic drive to the Butchart Gardens. You and your private party will listen to commentary tailored to your interests and have plenty of time to ask questions as you tour the century-old gardens. Bring your camera for photo ops of the vineyards, farms, rural estates, and waterways.
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  • 6 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 6 hours
  • Taking safety measures

Christmas in Victoria and the Butchart GardensChristmas

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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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Victoria, Highlights and secret places of a fabulous cityPorts of Call Tours

Victoria, Highlights and secret places of a fabulous city

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Explore Victoria, Vancouver Island, with a dedicated guide on this half-day private tour. Take in the island's famously scenic landscapes on both driving and walking excursions, including many off-the-beaten-path sites. Enjoy personalized attention, a flexible itinerary, and plenty of time to ask questions. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 5 hours
  • Taking safety measures

The Ultimate Group Package Tour of VictoriaDay Trips

The Ultimate Group Package Tour of Victoria

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Make the most of your visit to Victoria by seeing  many of the area’s highlights in just one day. This private tour packs in top sights including, Butchart Gardens, one of Canada’s oldest Chinatown neighborhoods, Craigdarroch Castle, and the famed Parliament Buildings. Plus, you’ll even have time to stop at a local winery to experience British Columbia’s burgeoning wine scene. Round-trip transportation is also included for an added convenience.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Private Tour Countryside Roads to Butchart Gardens and City TourDay Trips

Private Tour Countryside Roads to Butchart Gardens and City Tour

Treat yourself to a private tour just for you, family and friends, with an expert, local guide in a comfortable van. Enjoy a scenic drive along the countryside to world renowned Butchart Gardens and learn about Vancouver Island and the garden's history. You'll have ample time to explore the Gardens. Enjoy lunch at a fabulous local restaurant by the sea. Afterwards your guide will drive you to Victoria's seaside communities and historical neighbourhoods of mansions. You'll see Craigdarroch Castle, China Town, Fisherman's Wharf and Victoria's Inner Harbour
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation

4-Hour Grand City and Butchart Gardens TourNature and Wildlife

4-Hour Grand City and Butchart Gardens Tour

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Our professional historian is able to include many significant sites not offered in other tours. Enjoy the tour in our rare 1997 Bentley New Turbo R Exl built by Rolls Royce. Only 823 were built, all between 1995-97. Our Grand City and Butchart Gardens Tour covers all the main attractions in Victoria, the city of flowers, and the world-famous gardens located 15 miles outside of the city. For over a century, Butchart Gardens has been the premier attraction for travelers visiting Victoria. Enjoy BUTCHART GARDENS, a one and a half hour stop for a unique and remarkable experience, including 900 varieties of flowers and 120 varieties of trees. This finely crafted tour includes more attractions than we can list in the "What to Expect" section.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Small-Group Best of Victoria Tour including Butchart Gardens - Private Safe TourDay Trips

Small-Group Best of Victoria Tour including Butchart Gardens - Private Safe Tour

Experience the highlights of Victoria by taking part in our Victoria Half-Day tour! This 5-hour sightseeing tour includes: Scenic photo opportunities at Mount Tolmie & Cormorant Point, a visit to Butchart gardens, guided tour of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, and 75 minute Victoria Harbour & Gorge Cruise*. It’s the perfect way to see and experience the best Victoria has to offer! *In the event the Victoria Gorge Cruise does not operate, you will be provided with a refund for the boat cruise portion of your tour. The remainder of the tour will operate as usual.
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  • 5 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 5 hours 15 minutes
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3-Hour Butchart Gardens and City TourNature and Wildlife

3-Hour Butchart Gardens and City Tour

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Our professional historian is able to include many significant sites not offered in other tours. Enjoy the tour in our rare 1997 Bentley New Turbo R Exl built by Rolls Royce. Only 823 were built, all between 1995-97. Our Butchart Gardens and City Tour covers some of the main attractions in Victoria, the city of flowers, and the world-famous gardens located 15 miles outside of the city. For over a century, Butchart Gardens has been the premier attraction for travelers visiting Victoria. Enjoy BUTCHART GARDENS, a one and a half hour stop for a unique and remarkable experience, including 900 varieties of flowers and 120 varieties of trees. This finely crafted tour includes more attractions than we can list in the "What to Expect" section.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$150.00 
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From  
$150.00 
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Grand City With High Tea At Butchart Gardens TourDay Trips

Grand City With High Tea At Butchart Gardens Tour

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Our professional historian is able to include many significant sites not offered in other tours. Enjoy the tour in our rare 1997 Bentley New Turbo R Exl built by Rolls Royce. Only 823 were built, all between 1995-97. Our Grand City with High Tea at Butchart Gardens Tour covers all the main attractions in Victoria, the city of flowers, and the world-famous gardens located 15 miles outside of the city. For over a century, Butchart Gardens has been the premier attraction for travelers visiting Victoria. Enjoy BUTCHART GARDENS, a two and a half hour stop for a unique and remarkable experience, including 900 varieties of flowers and 120 varieties of trees, as well as a classic British Style High Tea with mouth-watering scones, delicious pastries, savory chowder, exquisite tea sandwiches, sumptuous desserts, and a selection of fine teas. This finely crafted tour includes more attractions than we can list in the "What to Expect" section.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$250.00 
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Butchart Gardens in the Fall, Shuttle & EntryDay Trips

Butchart Gardens in the Fall, Shuttle & Entry

Fall at Butchart Gardens, the colours are stunning. The Japanese gardens created in 1904 come alive with the Fall palette Skip the line-ups and enjoy hotel door to door service.  Everything is included in our shuttle service. Ticket entry, commentary, map of the gardens, flower guides books and tips on how best to spend your time. We travel in small groups of 14 or less and save you a return seat, no worries. Please advise your driver what time you would like to return today.  We have two options this season.  Departing the gardens at 1pm or 3pm. Please no food or drink in our vehicles please. Water only.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
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  • 3 to 5 hours

Victoria Gardens and Castles Grand TourHalf-day Tours

Victoria Gardens and Castles Grand Tour

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Go with Dimitri your friendly, knowledgable, and local guide who has been providing world class tours for over 16 years with thousands of happy customers. Join us as we visit Victoria's most beautiful and famous attractions including castles, heritage buildings and sites, gardens, and much more; all from the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle. The tour is fully narrated with interesting stories and historically-relevant accounts that will create an unforgettable experience that you will tell all your friends about!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Gorgeous Gardens TourDay Trips

Gorgeous Gardens Tour

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Victoria is known as the City of Gardens and the Peninsula has some very special gardens of its own. We'll start our day at the world famous Butchart Gardens. An early arrival means we'll miss the crowds and with 22 ha to explore, you'll have time to enjoy the gardens. These stunning gardens are a National Historic Site and have something to offer in every season, from dazzling displays of spring flowers through to the magical Christmas illuminations. A short drive through beautiful countryside brings us to our second stop: the Gardens at HCP (Horticultural Centre of the Pacific). The "gardeners' garden" is located in a conservation park and you'll find nature trails, wetlands, and bird watching areas alongside more formal gardens, including Canada's largest Bonsai garden.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Victoria Full-Day Private TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Victoria Full-Day Private Tour

Travel to Victoria by private tour from Vancouver with included round-trip transport and an admission ticket to one of the city’s most famous attractions, Butchart Gardens. During your ferry ride from Vancouver, enjoy views of the Strait of Georgia. Plus, make a stop at Victoria Harbour, and go on a tour of the British Columbia Parliament Buildings.
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Victoria Gardens and Castles Grand TourHalf-day Tours

Victoria Gardens and Castles Grand Tour

Go with Dimitri your friendly, knowledgable, and local guide who has been providing world class tours for over 16 years with thousands of happy customers. Join us as we visit Victoria's most beautiful and famous attractions including castles, heritage buildings and sites, gardens, and much more; all from the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle. The tour is fully narrated with interesting stories and historically-relevant accounts that will create an unforgettable experience that you will tell all your friends about!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Urban Escape Victoria Classic Adventure CourseFun & Games

Urban Escape Victoria Classic Adventure Course

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Suitable for older kids, teens, and families, this high-ropes course lies 25 minutes' drive west of downtown Victoria—offering a world of treetop adventure for visitors aged five and over. Zoom along forest zip lines, tackle aerial obstacles like wobbly bridges and swinging logs, and test your nerve on a range of forest challenges—from six feet (two meters) to 45 feet (14 meters) above the ground.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are Butchart Gardens hours of operation?
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Butchart Gardens hours of operation: Varies seasonally. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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What's the best way to experience Butchart Gardens?