Government House, Victoria

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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. Arrange to visit Government House and other attractions in Victoria using our Victoria road trip tool .
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  • The building and grounds are very impressive. It has a very historical feel and is peaceful to just wander around. Staff were very friendly and informative. It has an excellent view. Very good place t...  more »
  • Beautiful building with around a beautiful park. Close to downtown, is worth a visit on a beautiful sunny day! Quiet and relaxing place with so much history.
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  • I am rating this based on park / grounds around the Government house. We walked these trails daily - we saw deer, variety of birds, squirrels and lot of hummingbirds. The park is so very clean.  more »
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  • Beautiful grounds, nice views of the mountains and the water. Great place for a walk. The rose gardens were amazing.
  • This is Victoria's hidden secret. Beautiful flowers, lots of space for children to run & explore. Old service buildings from 1880's, you can imagine the horses & carriages using the area. There are lots of paths, huge trees, gardens galore, second only to Buchard Gardens in size, variety & awe factor.. Best of all, it is absolutely FREE to all! Best deal in Super Natural British Columbia. I am biased however as I live in the neighborhood. When visiting Government House look for Bailey the Wonderdog & his yellow frisbee. Children love his attention.
  • Didn't plan on visiting this place. We bumped into it during a morning stroll... it just made our morning. What a place. Great scenery, beautiful landscaping and historical building. Must see!
  • What a beautiful estate! The yard is lavish and the house is filled with so much history. Very neat experience visiting the Government House!
  • Great place to visit. Loved the Tea House!

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The curling waterfront Wharf Street, which becomes Store Street, offers the best selection of lodgings in the city center, although you can expect to pay extra for the trademark views. Many travelers opt to stay in the neighborhood of James Bay, where Belleville Street and surrounds provide comfortable and even luxurious options. For something more relaxed and closer to nature, look south to the expansive Beacon Hill Park.
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