The Butchart Gardens, Central Saanich

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Must see · Scenic Walking Area · Garden
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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  • First time here Beautiful day Beautiful pictures Took about 25 minutes to drive here from Shwartz bay ferry terminal Took about 40 minutes to drive to downtown Victoria afterwards Cute giftshop The.....  more »
  • Just one word: Beautiful! The tickets are not cheap, but the gardens are very special and really worth the effort to drive thereā€¦  more »
  • Butchart Gardens' Christmas Lights are ABSOLUTELY worth your time and money. I recommend arriving before the rush begins at 3pm, as there will be cars lined-up for over a kilometre to get in during peak times. Come a bit early, stroll around before the crowds, enjoy a snack or a beverage, and then make the full loop once dusk arrives. Finish off with the brass band and carolers in the piazza and cup of peppermint hot cocoa. The temperate climate means there's still lots of greenery to enjoy, even without the blooms, and the lights are simply magical, plus a carousel ride for only $2 is sure to delight little ones. Every detail has been thought of, the gardens are fully mobility-friendly, loaner umbrellas are easy to find in case of a light sprinkle, and the staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Lovely, of course, during the main season when everything is in bloom. Simply stunning over the holidays; a must-visit!
  • My favourite garden since I moved to Victoria in 2009. Have been a member for over 10 years now. The gardens are different in every season, and t is hard to choose the best time, so I come very often, at least 10 times a year, especially in summer when the added bonus are amazing concerts! Free for me as a member. Also, the gift shop is really good, I buy all my jewelry here, as all wonderful pieces sold here are made by local artisans. The membership program is really an amazing value, and I always recommend it to everyone.
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