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. See Government House and all Victoria has to offer by arranging your trip with our Victoria travel itinerary planner.
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  • August 9, 2017
    Escaped the mob at the castle to explore this huge, beautiful property, an expansive estate with a huge variety of garden vignettes, from roses, to rock garden, to a forest of native garry oaks. Lots ...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    The Government House, which offers a free tour every month, is beautiful in its architecture and furnishings, and it is also full of the history of British Columbia. An informative, entertaining, and ...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Wow what a nice surprise! My wife suggested we visit, having read about this 'hidden gem', so we did so right after a trip to Craigdarroch Castle, nearby. Govt House was a pleasant surprise, on a beau...  more »
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  • July 3, 2017
    Beautiful grounds, nice views of the mountains and the water. Great place for a walk. The rose gardens were amazing.
  • June 27, 2017
    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.
  • April 7, 2017
    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!
  • May 11, 2017
    What a beautiful estate! The yard is lavish and the house is filled with so much history. Very neat experience visiting the Government House!
  • June 17, 2017
    Great place to visit. Loved the Tea House!

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