The Butchart Gardens, Central Saanich

Experience the vibrant colors and sweet aromas of The Butchart Gardens. Located just outside the city, the 22 hectare (55 acre) flower garden transforms with each season, with plant and floral displays varying dramatically throughout the year. Established early in the 20th century, the gardens have grown to become one of the world's premier flower show spaces. Wander along hidden paths and climb secret staircases as you explore the fairytale-like gardens. HOURS VARY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. To visit The Butchart Gardens on your trip to Central Saanich, use our Central Saanich road trip planner .
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  • This is the number one tourist attraction on Vancouver Island. We have annual passes and love to go for walks here as it is always changing.  more »
  • A beautiful experience with wonderful autumn colors and a very well done job of keeping everything well maintained. We would certainly recommend this facility to anyone that visits Vancouver Island. T...  more »
  • If you have a chance to experience the Butchart Gardens in Victoria, BC, you will be awed by the sheer number of flowers which surround you everywhere. It is amazing to think that at one time the sunken garden was a quarry pit. Every space/garden was unique and so calming to walk through. Our suggestion is to go early, right when the Gardens open or plan a later visit, when the lights come on and give the Gardens an enchanted glow. And if you can, plan to experience an afternoon tea in the family Dining Room. The service was impeccable, the food plentiful and varied and the tea, of course, was so delicious you'll want to buy some! When we return to Victoria, we will absolutely keep the Butchart Gardens on our top places to visit. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
  • We ABSOLUTELY loved Butchart Gardens!! We began by driving our car onto the ferry (which was very user friendly and organized) and then relaxing while taking in the breathtaking views while we sat both inside and outside of the vessel. Once we arrived to the gardens we were definitely taken back by how well maintained and groomed the grounds were. There are so many different garden themes, all of which are astounding. There are many plaques and brochures found throughout the gardens providing a glimpse into the history as to how it all came to be. And conveniently, there are many decent washroom facilities throughout. The carousel ride proved to be an entertaining and memorable added bonus. Even with the massive amount of visitors, we were able to find time and space by ourselves so that we could take pictures and just revel in the beauty all around us. We spent several hours here and could have easily spent more time here. There is a very lovely gift shop with both expensive, unique pieces as well as very affordable tokens. We were surprised with the variety of goods and even purchased some original, artistic prints for a VERY reasonable price. Without a doubt, this was an extremely worthwhile adventure and an experience I think back on fondly. It was wonderful to go as a family group but going as a twosome would be very romantic and inspiring as well. Without a doubt it’s worth the price of admission. Enjoy!!
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