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Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens

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758 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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Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver
Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver
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$180.76 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Excellent excursion
Guide Herman was excellent. Ferry was super nice. Butchart Gardens were beautiful and Victoria was charming.
WendyOrzechowski, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Victoria

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Breathtaking
Gisela_R, Sep 2021
Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver
Butchart Gardens is breathtaking and enjoyed the fragrance in the air from the different flowers. Victoria is a beautiful city with lots to see and do. Thank you.
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Worth it
Krystal, Sep 2021
Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver
Tour guide was friendly and funny. The Butchart gardens were amazing! My favorite part. It was fun to walk around Victoria and explore.
star-5
I highly recommend this trip and company
Gail_L, Sep 2021
Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver
Herman (our driver) was fabulous! Not only was he a great driver, he was very kind, patient, informative and very entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed the day!
star-5
Great day out; beautiful gardens.
Chris_B, Sep 2021
Victoria Butchart Gardens & Sightseeing Tour
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.
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Over our expectations
Douglas, Sep 2021
Victoria Butchart Gardens & Sightseeing Tour
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.
star-5
Excellent way to see Victoria if you only have a day.
Dianna_B, Sep 2021
Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver
Gordy was a very good tour guide, very knowledgeable and informative. It’s a lot to do in one day but if that’s all you can spare to get to Victoria from Vancouver, as we did, then it is a great overview of the Butchart Gardens and downtown Victoria. Definitely not a lot of time to do things, but then on a tour like this you shouldn’t expect to.
star-5
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
star-5
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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Butchart Gardens Tour
Terri M, Nov 2019
Butchart Gardens Tour from Victoria
Convenient and pleasurable way to get to the beautiful Butchart Gardens. Bus was close to ferry dock and driver was informative and personable.
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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.
star-5
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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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 & Sightseeing Tour
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 !

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