Government House, Victoria

(4.6/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
Visit Government House, official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and the Canadian monarch--often referred to as the "ceremonial home of all British Columbians." Completed in 1959, the modern Tudor Revival building replaced an earlier incarnation destroyed in a fire in 1957 (itself a replacement for a mansion destroyed by fire in 1899). The 14.6 hectare (36 acre) grounds divide into different themed sections, such as a garden dedicated to British Columbia native plant life, and one with a mixture of ornamental and edible plants. Step inside to see its impressive interiors, and learn about the role of the Lieutenant Governor and the monarchy in Canadian political life. See Government House and all Victoria has to offer by arranging your trip with our Victoria travel itinerary planner.
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  • I walk dogs and this is a great place for on leash walks around the grounds. There is a lot of places that are open to the public and not blocked off. I have also been inside for a Government House di...  more »
  • The garden, cared for by a large group of volunteers (bias declared: I am one of them) is lovely in every season. Even when the oak trees are bare of leaves, there is hellebores, early azalea, and sno...  more »
  • The grounds of Government House are the ideal place to visit, this whether you are alone or with a group. It appeals to people of all ages. The gardens are beautiful even when not in prime season. The...  more »
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  • I dig government house. The gardens rival buchart I think and are run by volunteers! There's tours two weeks a month. Sometimes there are conferences, and there's a restaurant at the Carry Castle mews. There's a costume museum and some chickens here!
  • Think of it as a free butchart gardens. Typically quiet and free, makes this area a nice treat.
  • We only visited the gardens. They were beautiful, expansive, and super fun for the kids even!
  • Beautiful grounds, and a spectacular costume exhibit. Dresses dating back to the early 1900s in amazing condition.
  • Great place to take a short hike through. Dog friendly as well.