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Discover Victoria & Butchart Gardens Tour

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icon13 to 14 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Victoria is a must-visit for travelers to the British Columbian coast. But many miss out due to concerns about ferries and getting around. With this day tour, you can let the experts handle all of the logistics. You’ll be picked up in Vancouver and whisked over tho Vancouver Island by ferry. There you will explore the Butchart Gardens before a larger tour of the city, which includes stops at Fisherman’s Wharf, the Inner Harbour, the Empress Hotel, Mile 0 and Chinatown.
  • Hassle-free day trip to Victoria: No need to worry about ferry timetables and driving
  • Includes roundtrip BC Ferries tickets and admission to Butchart Gardens
  • Get insights into local Victoria history and culture from your guide
  • Includes free time to explore Victoria at your own pace
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Experienced, friendly, and fun Driver-Guide
Deluxe coach transportation
Roundtrip Ferry aboard BC Ferries
Onboard entertainment & commentary throughout
Great discount on optional activities
Admission to the Butchart Gardens
All Fees and Taxes
Food and drinks
Gratuity
1025 Canada Pl , 1025 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C, Canada

Please meet us at the covered benches next to the road 15 minutes before departure and meet your Discover Canada Tours guide (wearing bright green).

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Guests 16-18 years of age may travel on the trip without a parent or guardian but MUST have one present on the departure day to sign the waiver forms held by the tour guide.
  • Anyone 15 or younger must have a parent or guardian travel on the trip with them.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No booster seats available.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Discover Canada Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Discover Victoria & Butchart Gardens Tour?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Discover Victoria & Butchart Gardens Tour.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Discover Victoria & Butchart Gardens Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Discover Victoria & Butchart Gardens Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Discover Victoria & Butchart Gardens Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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star-5
A Masterpiece of Art
Kenneth_F
, Jun 2022
Butchart Gardens is truly a Canadian National treasure. Exquisitely designed and it’s beauty is beyond the bounds of words to describe. It is not to be missed. A forever memory for avid gardeners… It is in fact a masterpiece of Art in Unbelievably Vivid Colors.
star-4
Rain and Ferry Delay, but Still had a good time
Ariel
, Jun 2022
Booked this tour for the first weekend in June. There were a few delays caused by the ferry so be aware. We met early near the Canada Place. The address to meet up is incorrect, so take note that there’s a stand in front of Canada Place that’s the true meet-up place. If you base it off the address, you’ll be in the wrong place so make sure to read through all the directions. Once we found the check-in spot, we were greeted by Rene, our tour guide, and Dahlia, a student intern in the programming department. They wear a bright lime green jacket. We got to the ferry around 8ish only to learn that the 9am ferry was cancelled, and that the 10am ferry was already booked. Unfortunately, we had to wait till 11am to get on the ferry. As you can imagine that put us behind 2-3 hours. It’s not the companies fault but it cut our visit to Victoria short from 4 hours to 1.5 hours. Unfortunately, rain was also in the forecast. We missed it in Victoria but it came down in Butchart Gardens. The gardens were still lovely, but likely because we came early in the season and it was cold and rainy, the rose gardens (and other flowers) were not in bloom. Upon on return to Vancouver, Rene offered to drop each of us off at our hotels on the way back to Canada Place. That was really nice because my sisters and I were planning to walk back. Overall, I’d say give them a try but if there are delays because of the ferry, there’s no refund available. My only recommendation if this could be possible is to switch the order of the trip- if we could’ve gone to the gardens first when it wasn’t raining (and then Victoria afterwards) would’ve been better. I’m not sure if we had timed tickets for the gardens, but adding some flexibility in case of rain would be nice. Also, I really liked Rene but at one point in the trip, Rene pulled one of the attendees aside while we were waiting for the ferry to unload. It should’ve been a private conversation but it wasn’t… because we were in the unloading dock, and there were lots of cars around, it echoed and I could still hear their conversation. so I would just suggest if convos like that need to be done, that they do it in a place where no one can hear. Nothing bad was said just don’t feel like it was a convo anyone else should’ve been privy to.
star-5
A long day but worth it.
David_S
, Jun 2022
The Butchart Garden's were impressive. For those that might be impressed by logistics, the efficiency of the loading and unloading of the ferry is an experience.
star-5
Gardens and Victoria trip
earl_l
, Jun 2022
The trip was fabulous!!! The Gardens and Victoria were a treat to visit. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. The trip was worth the cost and I would use the company again.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great tour and tour guide!
Deborah_H
, May 2022
Butchard Gardens were spectacular. We only had one day to see Victoria and the Gardens and this tour made it very easy. Meghan was fantastic guide, very engaging, friendly, and provided an atmosphere for all the passengers to engage with each other.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you kindly for your amazing review. We think that Meghan is fantastic as well and we are happy to hear that you had a great time with her!
star-5
Gardens or paradise?
Gulay_G
, May 2022
The tour covered a lot and was excellent. Highlight of course Butchart but plenty of othervsights on the way and in Victoria. The guide Meggan was absolutely perfect
star-5
Charming Inner Harbor and a good sampling of Victoria
Susan_H
, May 2022
Victoria Inner Harbor is a charming little area. Lots of food, shopping, history… and of course, the harbor! Could have had a little more time here. Butchart Gardens was just okay for me. In May it seemed like a lot of the same flowers, albeit beautiful. I was hoping to see more variety of flora. Could have spent less time here. The trip over and back was a long trek, but having researched that ahead of time it was nice to leave all the travel details up to the tour company. However, the additional detour to drive through the Inner Harbor was completely unnecessary to me, and I would have rather had that extra time to explore on my own. Our tour guide, Meghan was chatty and informational. It’s a long day… so be prepared for that, and you’ll enjoy every minute.
star-5
Beautiful Victoria
Arthi_r
, May 2022
Our tour guide Kim did an amazing job of explaining the sights on Vancouver island as we drove toward Victoria. Kim took us to interesting parts of Victoria and we had time to explore on our own. We took pictures in front of the famed Empress hotel. Butchart garden was beautiful and Kim had done a great job of the garden orientation before we reached Butchart. We walked through the sunken garden, Japanese garden and the vibrant colors of different flowering bushes and plants was so enjoyable including the fountain with the hills in the background.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for your wonderful review. It is truly amazing to hear you had a great time with Kim. Victoria is definitely an amazing City for photos. We hope to welcome you on our tours again in the future.
star-5
Perfect day trip
Virginia_D
, May 2022
Our tour guide, Rene, was exceptional!! He was very informative and entertaining. This made the experience the best! The gardens were spectacular! Really enjoyed them. Amount of time in each place was perfect. And the weather cooperated with little to no rain!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for your 5 star review! It is great to hear that you had a wonderful time in Victoria with Rene.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
The flowers were breath...
Richard_W
, May 2022
The flowers were breath taking. It was so much fun walking through the gardens. I have been to the Fields of bulbs in Holland. But this easy better then Holland.
star-5
Awesome Day Trip to Victoria & Butchart Gardens
Michelle_S
, Apr 2022
Both Victoria & Butchart Gardens. Victoria is a beautiful city and Butchart Gardens is a must see. Beautiful foliage and the secret garden was breath taking.
star-5
It was a well thought out...
Ayanfeoluwa_O
, Oct 2021
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.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thanks for joining us on our trip to Victoria. It's fantastic to ready you had a great time and enjoyed having Joe as your tour guide for the day. We agree, he is great! Thanks again for this 5-star review.
star-5
Great day out; beautiful gardens.
Chris_B
, Sep 2021
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.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hi Chris, thank you for your 5- star review. It's great to hear you enjoyed the tour and visit of Victoria and the Butchart Gardens. Thanks for travelling with us.
star-5
Great tour! Don't hesitate to book
Alla
, Sep 2021
Wonderful opportunity to spend a day in Victoria with a few hours inside beautiful Butchard Gardens with this tour operator. It is a full 13 hour day but Meghan (our tour guide/driver) made it perfect. Viator has a similar slightly shorter tour listed, but I'm so glad we picked this one based on great reviews. If you only have a day to spare, don't hesitate to book this tour, as every little detail it taken care of: from getting the priority boarding on the ferry to excellent restaurant recommendations from Meghan while you're there. Little tip: take advantage of happy hour (starts at 4pm) in most restaurants. Timing of the tour departure back to Vancouver was perfect for it too. Great day in Victoria and well organized! Thank you Meghan and Discover Canada Tours!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hello Alla, thank you for travelling with us and for leaving such a great review. We are so pleased to hear you had a great time visiting Victoria and the Butchart Gardens with Meghan. She is great, and we are so happy she's part of our team.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Over our expectations
Douglas
, Sep 2021
The gardens were absolutely stunning, every variety of flowering and non-flowering plant imaginable. Our guide, Ian, was great for our entire day, very informative and personable. The ferry ride was interesting as well as many places on Victoria Island. Great fun but just prepare yourself for a long day. We left at 8:15 am got back to Vancouver about 9:00 pm.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you for travelling with us and Ian to Victoria. Although it is a long day - with so much to see and do, it typically goes by quite fast. We agree the Butchart Gardens are stunning and worth the visit. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed travelling with Ian. He is a fantastic guide and we are lucky to have him as part of our team. Thanks again for travelling with us.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Butchard garden tour
Amal
, Aug 2021
Burchard garden was the best. Our tour guide Ien was very helpful and funny. He made our tour more fun and interesting to learn.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thank you for your fantastic review, Amal. We are so pleased to read you had a great time on our tour, enjoyed the Butchart Gardens and your tour guide Ian. Thanks for travelling with us, and we look forward to welcoming you again in the future, on one of our other tours.
star-5
Beautiful Victoria
Jeff
, Aug 2021
Trip to Victoria is really worth it. Butchart Garden is amazing and Victoria downtown is beautiful. The Ferry also gives you a chance to appreciate the sea and on our way back we enjoyed a great sun-set view. Really recommend this trip to anyone.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hi Jeff, thank you so much for your fantastic review. We are so pleased to read you had a great time on our tour to the Butchart Gardens and Victoria. Vancouver Island is magical, and we are glad you got to experience a bit of it. Thanks again for travelling with us. Until next time.
star-5
Enjoyable day
LOUISE_N
, Aug 2021
The Butchart Jardens were amazing and Joe Bitgood, our tour guide was so knowledgeable, friendly and professional. Very accommodating and a pleasant person which made our experience even better.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thank you so much for your kind words and great review. We are pleased to read you enjoyed your time on our tour and with Joe, who is a fantastic guide.
star-5
Victoria Butchart gardens and sight seeing tour was amazing! Thank you so much to our tour guide Joe for a well organi
Mayflor_T
, Jul 2021
Victoria Butchart gardens and sight seeing tour was amazing! Thank you so much to our tour guide Joe for a well organized day trip.If your vacay in BC is only on limited days, this tour is highly recommended.A good value for money !
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you for this fantastic review. It's been a pleasure having you on our tour. We will share your review and compliment with Joe, he is a great guide and loves showing people what BC has to offer. Hopefully, we can welcome you again on one of our tours in the future.
star-5
So beautiful
Kouande_D
, Jul 2021
The tour is awesome, I really recommend it, Our guide Ian is so nice and funny. It was very beautiful, best garden ever!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you for your fantastic review of our Victoria Butchart Gardens & Sightseeing Tour. We loved having you and will share your compliments with Ian. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future.

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