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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  • We went with two little girls. There were so excited to see so many butterfly. Also very surprised when a very friendly Little E flew down and landed on my shoulder.  more »
  • We visited the Butterfly Gardens as part of a tour from Victoria. It was a nice experience and seeing the butterfly, birds, flamingos, and lizards was interesting. It is well worth a visit if you are ...  more »
  • I've lived in Victoria all my life and never been to this place until now. I bought a Groupon and I was pleasantly surprised. It was kind of neat to go in the winter because it has a warm tropical fee...  more »
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  • Great for a rainy day in Victoria. Small but well worth it! Great for children. Book for about an hour. Bring a camera for the beautiful butterflies. They have flamingos and cool turtles wandering around. Tip. Dress in layers. When you go into the auditorium where the butterflies are, it’s VERY humid and hot. You definitely don’t want to be wearing a coat or sweater!
  • Wow. Really worth it. We decided to go here after turning around at the gates of the very expensive Butchart Gardens. When you come in the entrance there is a very neat display of worker ants taking pieces of leaves and carrying them through a maze of branches to their transparent nest. Also in the entrance area, in aquariums, are really amazing insects that I had never seen before. Past those aquariums you enter the large butterfly garden. A detailed pamphlet guides you through the garden and helps you identify the many type of butterflies you will encounter. Some butterflies might land on you, so better not be scared of them. When I was there, in a few different areas, cocoons ready to hatch where on display and I witnessed many "rebirths". There are a few flamingos and turtles, and a small display of exotic and colorful frogs. A gift area with related items is also in the entrance area. This was a memorable visit.
  • This a quiet resting spot on a cold day and very peaceful. The kids especially like exploring the paths and finding all the animals and birds. Don't forget to look at the exotic bug display in the lobby.
  • The first time I came to butterfly gardens was for a field trip in elementary school. I loved it then. Since then I have visited two or three more times and loved it as well. The new bug zoo is great for kids and the parrot is amazing as well. If you get uncomfortable in warmer than usual temperatures though, this place may not be for yoh
  • Great attraction for families or individuals. Very relaxing. We enjoyed every minute.

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