The Spectacular Butchart Gardens In Victoria British Columbia
Beginning as just a tiny private garden with sweet peas and rose bushes, has now blossomed into over 55 acres. It is the most spectacular floral garden displays to be found most anywhere in the world. The Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC Canada is nothing less than spectacular!
This magnificent world renowned Floral Gardens has been designated as a National Historic Site in Canada.
Brief History Of The Butchart Botanical Gardens On Vancouver Island
It’s 1904 and Mrs. Jenny Butchart decided to transform her husband’s limestone quarry into a simple floral garden. Over the years it simply continued to prosper and grow. Eventually developing a simple garden into now a world renowned attraction. Located on beautiful Vancouver Island on the west coast of British Columbia.
Jennie and Robert Butchart have created over the years, 55 acres of breathtaking floral wonder on their 130 acre estate!
This major attraction now receives over one million visitors annually.
The Historic Main House and Entrance
From spectacular floral displays that bloom year round to panoramic views of the famous Sunken Garden, you will be amazed at what you see! View their beautiful displays in the Rose and Japanese Gardens. Enjoy dining and evening viewing under the lights, for a completely different experience.
There’s fireworks and live entertainment throughout the year and more. The Butchart Gardens is a grandiose affair!
This beautiful Garden display is now well over 100 years old and is still owned by the Butchart family.
Enjoy The Butchart Gardens Year Round
55 Acres of Spectacular Gardens
The Gardens are open throughout the year and there’s always something special happening. The whole family to enjoy an outing at the Gardens. There’s a beautiful horse Carousel ride to keep younger children entertained, as well as ice cream parlors in season.
Have a meal in their dining room, or a snack at the coffee bar. The gift shop has a variety of souvenirs and other great items to take home with you!
For those of you with Green Thumbs, the family have been packaging and selling their very own seeds since 1920. All available for you to purchase, take home and plant in your garden!
Be sure to try and visit at least once in the evening hours. This is when the Gardens provide a variety of live entertainment, and an exciting display of fireworks during the summer months.
There’s something to enjoy all year long at Butchart Gardens. There are always different displays and events planned to blend in with the four seasons. For example, enjoy the Japanese Garden displays in autumn.
During the summer, watch as they transform into brilliant and beautiful colors. The gorgeous Rose Garden displays a beautiful array of captivating colors in the summertime as well!
Visit The Butchart Gardens During The Day Or Evening
The Sunken Garden Night Illumination
(photo courtesy of the Butchart Gardens)
For two incredibly different experiences, you simply must try to visit the Gardens during the daytime and in the evening as well. These gorgeous floral displays viewed among the hundreds of colored lights, bring out new amazing colors like no other!
It’s like the Gardens completely transform themselves under these beautiful colored lights in the evening. As well, the Fountain Display will dazzle you with its light display at night.
Take An Eco-Friendly Electric Boat Tour Right At The Gardens
The Butchart Gardens Eco Boat Tour
You can even experience Butchart Gardens very own eco-friendly boat tours departing from their adjoining Bay. The boat tour will give you a lovely view of the property and neighboring shoreline.
From May to September, enjoy a 45-minute guided boat tour where you can view and learn about the history and wildlife of Tod Inlet. As well, get to know more about the local waters of surrounding Brentwood Bay.
Keep a close lookout for the many harbor seals, herons, eagles, and otters that make this area their home on the west coast of Canada. This is just another great addition to the Gardens that is sure to be a hit with the kids!
Casual and Fine Dining At Butchart Gardens in Victoria
The Butchart Gardens Fountain Displays
There’s a variety of dining options available to make your visit complete. You can spend the entire day and evening on site. Options for grabbing something to eat include; fine dining, casual cafeteria style dining and a coffee shop to choose. As well, don’t miss the Ice Cream Parlor by the gift shop for some excellent Vancouver Island made ice-cream.
We did and it was delicious! 🙂
The Dining Room Restaurant is located in the historic Butchart Home. Here, you can sit back and enjoy Afternoon Tea, Lunch and Dinner. Reservations are recommended for dinner in the dining room during the peak season when open.
Special Seasonal Displays Year Round
The Beautiful & Colorful Rose Garden
Christmas is a very special time at the Gardens as well. Enjoy live Christmas music and special beautiful Christmas light displays. Believe it or not, there’s even a Skating Rink the kids will absolutely love!
You must make a point of coming out if your travel plans include a visit to Victoria in the winter, especially during the Holiday Season.
The Butchart Gardens Is Pet Friendly
Dog Friendly Grounds
If you are traveling with Rover like we do, then no worries, you’re welcome to bring your pet along with you! Naturally as long as you respect the rules that are posted and enforced. Always keep your dog on a leash and be sure to pick up after your pet during your visit.
There are handy drinking stations for your dog as well, to keep him or her hydrated especially during the hot summer months.
RV Parking and Visitor Center At The Gardens
The Gardens Visitor Center
There’s always staff available on site to assist you in any way they can. They want to help make your visit as enjoyable and memorable as possible. At the main entrance, there’s a visitor center with friendly staff members available at all times to assist in any way they can.
Traveling in your Recreational Vehicle? No problem, there’s plenty of RV Parking for largest of rigs located on the property!
So the next time you visit Victoria British Columbia, be sure to visit this major world attraction. You and your family will be glad you did!
Even though I was raised in this beautiful city, visiting this spectacular attraction is always something special when returning to the city.
I’ve also included a link to the Official Victoria BC Tourism website for your convenience. It’s filled with excellent information to assist in your travel holiday plans to this beautiful city!
Safe and Healthy Travels! 🙂
Although our tour was in collaboration with The Butchart Gardens, rest assured all content and opinions are that of the author and reflect my personal experience only.
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“British Columbia Canada’s Coastline Stretches For More Than 27,000 Kilometers.”
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