Victoria Butterfly Gardens, Central Saanich

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See the colors and sniff the pleasant scents of the jungle at Victoria Butterfly Gardens. The indoor nature center has a controlled climate, giving it the temperature, mist, light, and humidity of a rainforest, Across the 1,100 sq m (12,000 sq ft) garden, see over 75 species of butterfly and moth, flying free between papaya trees, pineapples, coffee plants, and vanilla vines. See butterflies emerging from their chrysalis in the nursery, and meet the wealth of rescued tropical animals that call the garden home, including rare tropical birds, poison dart frogs, and turtles. Plan to visit Victoria Butterfly Gardens and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Central Saanich attractions using our Central Saanich trip itinerary site .
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  • The Butterfly Gardens are lovely. (Just remember it is very warm in there!) Not only are the butterflies beautiful, but the birds, animals, insects and plants are also well worth seeing. We took our t...  more »
  • Picture being in a tropical sauna. Hot humid air. Tropical birds in the background, sometimes landing right on people. Butterflies fluttering everywhere, through the trees and vines. A huge coy pond f...  more »
  • This was one of two highlights of a mini-bus tour we took in July from the Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, Vancouver Island. It is a very well constructed educational facility as well as having an...  more »
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  • Nice place BUT if you go to the back and look up there is a large fan (probably for ventilation) with an inadequately spaced screen. If you stand there for any length of time you will see beautiful butterflies attempt to fly past the screen only to be sucked onto it and flap a few more times before its inevitable death. It was horrifying. Can't you put another screen farther from the wall so the pull isn't as strong?! I hope that's not where the $70 gift store butterflies are from!
  • This "zoo" is amazing. We had a blast even before we entered the main attraction. They have a truly amazing insect display with some very strange bugs such as a bird eating tarantula. When we left the insects and visited the butterfly garden itself, I was amazed by the in-depth displays and the sheer volume of butterflies, bugs, animals, and fish they had in the surprisingly large atrium. Admission was surprisingly cheap and you can stay in the gardens for as long as you like! Super happy with this place, glad we made the trip out to see it.
  • A really lovely way to spend some time in nature. The butterflies are free roaming and beautiful, and a couple of exotic birds really tie the picture nicely together. Make sure you dress appropriately - it's hot!! They have a really cool display of bugs right before the butterfly garden entrance as well, which is worth seeing.
  • What an awesome place!! Definitely worth the $16 to get in. Loved the Insectarium and the birds inside. The little green parrot made friends with me and perched on my shoulder for a while! Would recommend and go again.
  • Beautiful place to take anyone of any age. Lots of beautiful butterflies flying around and you might even have one land on you. Worth the money for sure. Close to Butchart Gardens too so it would make a good day to do together. It's warm and humid inside the Butterfly Gardens though so dress appropriately.

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