Government House, Victoria

Categories: Government Buildings, Architectural Buildings, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.5/5 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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  • We visited a week ago the tourist season is over. Even at that there are walking paths through gardens but they were on the down side of their peak. The Government house is a working government buildi...  read more »
  • It is indeed fortunate that we are allowed public access to the Government house gardens. Enjoy them at the changing times of year and see how the garden changes 
  • If you have time to walk the grounds it is well worth your while to take the path to the lookout; pack a picnic even. The view is breathtaking. The paths are easily walkable around the building and ev...  read more »
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Beautiful gardens and grounds, great for a walk!
  • Grounds are incredible! South facing slope for sunshine and views! This is the best place in Victoria for early spring flowers!
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