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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 Day Trip from Vancouver
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Victoria and Butchart Gardens Day Trip from Vancouver
$194.48 per adult
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Awesome day
Very well organized tour, funny & knowledgeable guide and overall a great experience. We had enough time to visit downtown Victoria and the gardens.
Roxana_Z, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Victoria

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Awesome Day
Hank_H, May 2022
Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver
Dan was a terrific driver and tour guide. The bus was clean and comfortable. Butchart Gardens and Victoria were fabulous. Loved the ferry. Long but worthwhile day We got our money's worth. Would suggest the driver ask noisy, chatty people to whisper. It was sometimes hard to hear Dan, and he gave an excellent commentary along the way.
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Great tour!
LynneDiLella, Aug 2022
Discover Victoria & Butchart Gardens Tour - From Vancouver
Kim was an amazing guide. She was very knowledgeable and humorous. Would definitely go again. Loved Victoria and the Butchart gardens were fabulous!
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A good day!
laverneoberholtzer, Aug 2022
Discover Victoria & Butchart Gardens Tour - From Vancouver
Ferry experience, Butchart Gardens; Joe's info and historical narrative. I would not have wanted to navigate on my own.
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Breathtaking
MaryAnn_C, Aug 2022
Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver
Seeing Butchart gardens was the highlight of the trip. Flowers were breathtaking. Words don’t do the gardens justice . Go see for yourself. You won’t be disappointed!!
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Great Day in Victoria
Kevin_j, Jul 2022
Private Small Group Deluxe Tour of Victoria & to Butchart Gardens
Linda picked us up promptly at cruise ship even though we were delayed getting off Vsl. Took scenic route to Butchart Gardens, always conversing with us with questions answered, so personably. Drove through Victoria, stopped at Craiggarroch Castle, to scenic overlook, along water front and downtown. I would highly recommend this tour. Comfortable vehicle, just a great experience
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Butchart Gardens were so...
Farrell_F, Aug 2022
Victoria and Butchart Gardens Day Trip from Vancouver
Butchart Gardens were so beautiful. Enjoyed the ferry ride. Joe our tour guide was terrific!! A great experience.
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Just wonderful
Myron_D, Jul 2022
Seaplane Flight to Victoria with Ground Transport and Butchart Gardens Admission
Very well organized and flexible. You can spend as much or as little time in Butchart Gardens as you want as the bus back to Victoria runs every hour on the hour. The flights were wonderful and the scenery from the air was breathtaking. Everything was top notch.
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Victoria/Butchart Gardens Private Tour
Judith_S, Jul 2022
4-Hour Grand City and Butchart Gardens Tour
Butchart Gardens was the highlight of the day. Too beautiful to describe. It was our first and probably only time to ride in a Bentley/Rolls Royce. Enjoyed getting to see the sights of Victoria. We did not make the brief stops that the tour description indicated would be made. Richard was prompt, personable and is a very knowledgeable historian.
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Wonderful experience
April_Y, Jul 2022
Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver
Eric was a terrific guide!! Butchart Gardens is more beautiful than the pictures you see. Victoria was fun as well.
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Fun Family Times
Charles_M, Jul 2022
Victoria City and Butchart Gardens Private Half-Day Tour
The Butchart Gardens was very beautiful and the tour around the city was enlightening…. Darwin was a great host😎👍
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Private Tours Rock
Ronald_E, Jun 2022
Private Tour: Victoria and Butchart Gardens Day Trip
The ferry ride was relaxing and got to see Orca’s to boot. The trip to Butchart Gardens was great to get a grasp of the island. Our guide was full of great facts about the island and Gardens. The free time in Victoria was enhanced by our guides (Kyle) suggestions on what to see and the path to take. This was an all around great experience and quite happy that we did the private tour since it afforded much flexibility
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Great weekend getaway
Mark_G, Jun 2022
2-Day Victoria & Butchart Gardens Tour with Overnight at the Inn at Laurel Point
Great package, hotel at Laurel Point was very comfortable and great location. Bus driver very knowledgeable. Butchart Gardens just breathtaking. Float Plane back was highlight too. So easy with awesome views.
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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
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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