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Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens

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850 Reviews
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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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Recent reviews from experiences in Victoria

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I highly recommend the Vancouver to Victoria. It is beautiful landscape, and Fisherman's wharf has some unique shops.
Patricia_G, Jul 2021
Victoria Butchart Gardens & Sightseeing Tour
Vancouver to Victoria tour was great. Ian was funny and very knowledgeable on the Ferry and throughout Victoria. The Butchart Gardens were spectacular, the Japanese garden was truly beautiful.
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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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Well worth it!
Cheryl_K, Feb 2021
Victoria City and Butchart Gardens Private Half-Day Tour
Darwin shared so many stories and hidden gems of Victoria. We will now go back and explore in detail. I did not know Victoria as a "haunted" city.
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Well organised and good value
Mary_M, Mar 2020
Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver
Butchart Gardens in the sunshine, what a treat! Absolutely stunning spring flowers. The whole day was well organised and efficient, very good value. My only complaint was about access to the list of pickup points, which should be available before not after booking.
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Greaf and Efficient Tour
96gevo1, Feb 2020
Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver
We were on this tour on February 1 2020. Our tour guide Andy was excellent, and the tour was a perfect way to see both Butchart Gardens and Victoria on one day. I highly recommend this tour.
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Great tour!
lucasgmills, Jan 2020
Private Christmas Lights Tour and Butchart Gardens
Linda was a fantastic tour guide for my partner and I. She was very knowledgeable about Victoria and its history. The Butchart Gardens were absolutely gorgeous with their outstanding Christmas decorations. Linda was very flexible and did everything she could to make sure we had an amazing visit to Victoria and the gardens...and she delivered! Thanks so much for the great experience!
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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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Excellent tour
Ulisses G, Oct 2019
Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour
We had a wonderful day on tour, and found Nathan to be extremely knowledgeable and professional. All of his tips and recommendations were very helpful in making the most of our day.
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Wonderful place and day
רחל פ, Oct 2019
Butchart Gardens Tour from Victoria
Was a great day for us...first the bus that took us to the Buther garden...and the garden is something unique...so beautiful...the flowers..the trees the different gardens...a must...♡♡♡
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Lovely Fall Colors!
Quest65939, Oct 2019
Butchart Gardens Tour from Victoria
We walked through the gardens and gift shop for 2 1/4 hours. Lovely day! I visited in the summertime and enjoyed this fall visit just as much! Thank you!
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Beautiful!
Theresa R, Oct 2019
Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour
Bobby was a great tour guide! We were able to make an early ferry which allowed us more time at the Gardens. They were absolutely beautiful and Vancouver Island was perfect! All in all we had ample time to do everything we wanted to do. At Victoria, we just did not have a plan so we walked around so have a plan.
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Butchart Gardens and Fairmount Empress GREAT
jrapras, Sep 2019
2-day Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour with Overnight at The Fairmont Empress
Gardens are beautiful!!! Bus driver informative.Empress was excellent...try Q1908 purple gin fizz martini on the veranda! Dinner at IL Terrazzo with Mussels then penna with Frutta di Mare and Leg of Lamb were perfect...sat outside by fireplace (they have 5). Toured the town the next morning and seaplane out mid afternoon... you call for your seaplane time and can do AM or PM. Highly recommend this trip

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