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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 81%Family Travelers
- 64%Art & Design Lovers
- 58%History Buffs
- 58%Local Culture
- 55%Green Travelers
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- Butchart GardensMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7
Butchart Gardens is really beautiful and totally worth going. I have been here twice, but it was a really long time ago, but the memories are still really vivid. It's one of the best gardens I have ever been to.
The colors are vivid and flowers are gorgeous. The layout is really nice too and makes for a wonderful side trip from Vancouver, if you're making the trip to Victoria.
The admission is pricey, but experiences are the reason you travel, and this place is worth it. It's a photographer's dream with so many beautiful flowers and landscaping.Recommended for:
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World famous Butchart Gardens are a MUST see and do, even it you THINK you don't care for gardens. 5 seasons of ever-changing displays, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Christmas. Summers bring lovely evenings on the concert lawn with live entertainment every night (bring a blanket and a picnic). All 10 Saturdays in the summer feature a jaw dropping, dazzling fireworks show, unlike any other you've seen, with both aerial and ground displays choreographed to show tunes. A full 45 minutes. If you're going, let us know and we'll provide our own 'tips' on how to navigate the event with ease. We've also enjoyed the 45 minute boat cruise around Tod Inlet (for an additional fee) with history commentary provided by the Captain. We've done this several times and each time we seem to learn something new. Christmas season the gardens are all a twinkle! Absolutely magical light display. For those of you, who are having a longer stay in our vacation rental home, Deep Cove Retreat, you might like to know that the season pass costs not much more than one admission and it's nice to be able to go back as many times as you like (some restrictions on fireworks and special event nights). Dogs on leash are allowed to come with you! We find this just charming.Recommended for:
- Butchart GardensMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8
Can be a day trip from Vancouver. Your hotel concierge can recommend a tour operator to pick you up, place you on a ferry and get you to the gardens for a lovely day trip.Recommended for:
- Butchart GardensMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersHistory Buffs
The Butchart gardens are amazing. We took a trip to the Gardens while we were in Victoria. They are very well connected with public transport and we just needed 1 bus from the inner harbour to get to the gardens. There's a bus that comes back from within the Gardens as well. Very well maintained and manicured; there's hardly a weed in sight. The Gardens employ 50 gardeners and they are still privately owned. The Rose Garden is an absolute delight. Victoria should be called the city of flowers - there are so many flowers all around Victoria and the Butchart Gardens top the list. It is a very touristy place though. Too many people. We were advised that there are fireworks in the evening but based on our schedule, that timing wasn't feasible for us.Recommended for:
- Butchart GardensMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4
We came here and the butterfly gardens. We were sad we didn't get as much time before the sun set because of the cruise timeline but the amazing thing we got to see we're the world class fireworks. Honestly,it was the best fireworks show I've ever seen, better than Disneyland. I'm not a fireworks chaser so I don't know if there is another place that is known for spectacular fireworks but this place is number one in my book. The sunken gardens is incredible and looks amazing in photos. Too bad the sun set so damn early. Blame nature.
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When first arriving at Butchart Gardens my companions were rather stunned by the high admission fees, but once we started touring the gardens all admitted it was worth every penny. (There is no admission charge for chickens.) The locals advise that concerts are held at the Gardens at various times through the summer months. It would be fun to tour the gardens and then stay for a concert. I would go back the next time I am in Victoria.
- Butchart GardensMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6
The Butchart Gardens is a group of floral display gardens in Brentwood Bay, an easy 75X BC Transit bus ride up from Downtown Victoria. These internationally acclaimed gardens were created after Robert Butchart exhausted the limestone quarry near his Tod Inlet home. His wife Jenny gradually landscaped the deserted eyesore into the resplendent Sunken Garden, who opened it for later for public display. Over the years, a Rose Garden, Italian Garden, and Japanese Garden have been added. Butchart Gardens is still in the family and now display more than a million plants throughout the year. Gayle and I were also told that over 50 gardeners are employed, and they obviously take great care of the place, and there's hardly a weed in sight.
It was too early for Roses, but the Tulips (the first flowers I gave Gayle after we met) were in full and gorgeous bloom. We particularly enjoyed the Sunken and Japanese Gardens. We were also happy to get here early, as Butchart Gardens is a popular place. I could write more about the floral displays and grounds, but I'll let my pictures do the rest of the talking.
An extra treat for us was paying the little extra for the boat tour from the Butchart Garden Dock and admiring the property, the Inlet, the various boats and docks, the nearby town (where we had Lunch later) from the water. Captain Jack was great and as a bonus, we got a very personal history of this place and the dedication of the great people who work here.
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I have to say that Victoria is small but it has so many beautiful places to visit. The Butchart Gardens without any doubt are the most beautiful botanic gardens that I even been to. I visited many gardens in the US and Europe and this is one of a kind. Don't miss it!