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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  • Nice place to walk about, listen to birds, think, reflect. Staff were helpful & welcomng. Informative signs on paths.  more »
  • nothing spectacular yet interesting to see the way it was built and the surroundings, could be in Britain  more »
  • We love walking and one of our favourites is to walk through the quaint neighbourhoods of Victoria. The older houses, some with stained glass windows, many looking like they jumped out of someone’s do...  more »
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  • A best kept secret of Victoria, BC. Beautiful grounds year round, and plenty of space for a stroll along well maintained paths and trails. Enjoy breathtaking vistas while taking in amazing vegetation and wildlife. No charge for enjoying the property, and the venue is open until dusk daily. Never crowded, and worth the time.
  • A great place for a walk on a nice sunny day. Big open grounds to explore. In the spring time it is over loaded with flowers.
  • A must see with its beautiful gardens and walk ways with breath taking veiws
  • The house tours are 2 hours long so be ready for that. The gardens are one of my favorite Victoria visitor spots because you can walk from Craidarroch to the gardens to the Ross Bay Cemetery and it only takes an hour or so, depending on how much time you spend in each spot. In the summer there are often bee hives near the herb garden so you get to see bees all over the herb garden the stables also have some chickens and there are often deer in the little orchard.
  • This is an amazing garden and it is not so over run with people in tourist season. It is a short drive from downtown (10 minutes) into a lovely residential neighbourhood called Rockland. On a clear day, from numerous vantage points, you can see the Olympic Mountains. The gardens are open to the public from sunrise to sunset. THE PRIVATE residence is not open to the public unless for a special occasion. William and Kate, the future King and Queen of England stayed in residence here for a week. There is a modest tea rom open in the summer months. Deer roam freely on the property. IF you bring your dog--and they are welcome--make sure it is ON LEASH due to the deer and other animals (squirrels).
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