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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  • lovely grounds to walk around. Beautiful gardens - rose garden, rock garden. The house was closed at the time of my visit but the gardens were worth the walk around.  more »
  • Government House grounds are simply amazing. I especially love the diversity of the grounds, from the garry oaks to apple orchard to duck pond. You can spend an hour or more exploring the grounds. It ...  more »
  • The gardens are open to the public and lovely to walk through at any time of year. The volunteer gardeners do a fabulous job. Great views of the Olympic mountains and the water. There is a tea house o...  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.