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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  • We typically stay at Abbeymoore when in Victoria and really enjoy the short walk to Government House. The gardens are gorgeous and ever changing. The walks below the "House" have lovely views. 
  • We visited there to see the Old English Car Show on the beautiful grounds surrounding the historic Government House. We walked the gardens and appreciated the care and maintenance of the grounds. The ...  more »
  • We visited here in Sept 2016, just a week before the Royal family would be coming to stay. Since Prince George and Princess Charlotte would be spending most of their time here we were intrigued. No in...  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.