The Butchart Gardens, Central Saanich

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Experience the vibrant colors and sweet aromas of The Butchart Gardens. Located just outside the city, the 22 hectare (55 acre) flower garden transforms with each season, with plant and floral displays varying dramatically throughout the year. Established early in the 20th century, the gardens have grown to become one of the world's premier flower show spaces. Wander along hidden paths and climb secret staircases as you explore the fairytale-like gardens. To visit The Butchart Gardens on your trip to Central Saanich, use our Central Saanich road trip planner .
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  • When our friends heard we were vacationing in Vancouver, they all told us that we had to visit The Butchart Gardens. It was absolutely beautiful. We booked a tour from Vancouver so we were picked up a...  more »
  • The Butchart Gardens are quite a display of beauty and creativity. I wasn't expecting my husband to think too much of the Gardens. But he really didn't mind it, even saying it was "Neat". The Japanese...  more »
  • We have been there 4 or 5 times before...but this was the best!! Floerrs were beautiful..the place is clean...yhlthe amentities wonderful...I would visit again given the opportunity!!! l  more »
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  • This is an amazing place to visit, at least once in your lifetime. The gardens are elaborate and very nicely separated into sections. Everything in the gardens is clean and elegant. Flowers are everywhere and they are all so beautiful. The grass, the trees and the bushes are so nicely kept. The place is continuously maintained at all times. You can see workers at every corner and it shows that they are trained well. There are restrooms available in quite a few locations and they were clean. They have food kiosks and snack places in multiple locations. Make sure that you schedule a full day for this place. The parking was not an issue for us as we got there early morning. If you are taking the ferry the same day, you can take an early ferry and get to the park around the time they open. You could take an earlier ferry back if needed and if they have enough space.
  • Butchart Gardens was simply incredible -definitely the highlight of our trip to Victoria. I have never seen so many beautiful plants and flowers in one place in my life. The Sunken Garden and the Japanese Garden were my favorite. The staff was very courteous and helpful. I would also highly recommend the boat trip. We saw bald eagles, jelly fish and some exotic migratory birds. The captain of the boat was an amazing tour guide- very knowledgeable and humorous! He filled us in on the history behind the gardens, and also let us steer the boat for a few minutes!
  • Visiting the Butchart Gardens was well worth the money. It was such a pleasant family experience. The gardens were beautiful, and we definitely didn't see everything in just one day. We anticipated spending a few hours in the morning, but ended up staying until the fireworks (which take place every Saturday night in the summer). There were so many places to stop and enjoy the scenery and the moment. We particularly enjoyed the boat tour - - it cost an extra $19/person and honestly wasn't much of a tour (it just circles around the inlet near the park), but it was very peaceful being out on the water and away from the crowds for a bit. The boat driver even had toys for our toddler to play with. One criticism was that they do not sell bottled water in order to be more environmentally friendly. Instead, they sell reusable bottles in case you didn't bring one and suggest using bottles filling stations. This policy is fine, but there need to be more bottle filling stations. We spent 12 hours in the park and only found two; it's not a small place. We have two young children, both of whom had a wonderful time. There is no entry fee for children under two, and we found the facilities to be more than adequate for our family's needs. There was also a concert in the early evening, and we were able to have a picnic lunch on the lawn and listen to the music. All in all, the Butchart Gardens were a world-class experience and a must-do while visiting Victoria.
  • Absolutely beautiful! It is also crazy crowded and can be really hot in the summer. Would suggest going early am (they open at 8:45) or after 3:30. Bus loads of people crowd the walkways and make your restful trip into shopping after Thanksgiving (Black Friday for those familiar with USA shopping. I found the noise to be a particular problem in the Japanese Garden where tranquility is needed to fully enjoy the place. Just plan carefully and it can be a rewarding experience.
  • If you are in visiting Victoria, this is a must see!! The history and the beauty of the gardens is incredible. For the best time to come (as far as time of year), call or check the website. June was perfect as all the flowers were blooming, the weather was sunny and warm and summer hours had already started. Easy to walk with a stroller/wheel chair and there are places to sit along the way. There are places to eat and a shop for various keepsakes. Bathrooms are located throughout and were very clean. If interested in the history, there are placards throughout, so keep an eye out for them. Also, if wanting to shade yourself from the sun, bring a hat as there are not a lot of covered areas.
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