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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  • We stayed at a B & B close by so enjoyed several walks through the grounds of Government House. We were surprised with the variety of plants/shrubs that we saw in bloom. This is a great place to walk ...  more »
  • In Victoria we are lucky to be able to visit places like this and show our guests the uniqueness of our city. In the summer months they have wonderful free concerts on the lawn open to all.  more »
  • The setting for the house is a huge garden that changes as the seasons change. You can picnic in the large gazebo or on the lawns. There are bench seats all through the garden where you can sit to che...  more »
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  • This is a beautiful place to stop on a walk through the lovely and historic neighborhood of Rockland. Well I have been inside, it is the grounds of this place that I love the most. There is now a tea room that has limited hours. There is a chicken coop. There are several resident cats. The gardens are always lovely, but especially in the spring and summer. There are public washrooms available for use when the grounds are open during the day. Free admission to grounds.
  • Beautiful grounds to take a wander. We also tired the house which was really interesting. They had staff in each area to explain the history of each room which was really informative. There is also a lovely tearoom and display of costumes. For Canada 150 they had music in the park on Thursday nights. It was excellent on our visit.
  • 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!

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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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