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Victoria Butterfly Gardens

1461 Benvenuto Ave., Central Saanich, British Columbia V8M 1T4, Canada
250-652-3822
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Gardens
Owner description: Victoria Butterfly Gardens offers a rare opportunity to experience a true tropical jungle in the best part of Canada. Victoria Butterfly Gardens is... more » Owner description: Victoria Butterfly Gardens offers a rare opportunity to experience a true tropical jungle in the best part of Canada. Victoria Butterfly Gardens is home to exotic butterflies, tropical ducks, stunning flamingos, rare tropical birds, Chameleons, Geckos, Poison dart Frogs, Tree Frogs, Sulcata and Red Footed Tortoises and giant Koi swimming in the stream and pond.Located just 5 minutes from the famed Butchart Gardens, Victoria Butterfly Gardens is warm and aromatic. The Gardens’ feature over 200 species of orchids, other stunning blooms and thousands of tropical plants, including foods of the world and carnivorous plant displays. This carefully planned combination of trees, bushes, vines and creepers is a balanced jungle-like eco-system that flourishes without the use of herbicides and pesticides. Guided tours are offered daily at no extra charge. These tours will optimize your jungle experiences as you discover the hidden gems within the Gardens.With a chance to shop our uniquely themed gift shop and winner of the 2010 Eco Star award, this is an environmentally friendly adventure that you will remember forever. Open daily except for December 25th, December 26th and January 1st. « less
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Vancouver, Washington
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Small, not many butterflies but a jungle like setting was good for young grandkids...my 12 yr old was a bit bored. We liked the frogs, lizard and parrots....and the emerging area...but felt was overpriced considering it only took 1 hr to leisurely view the small area.

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VicBG, General Manager at Victoria Butterfly Gardens, responded to this review

Hello connie B Thank you for your review. I am a little puzzled regarding your review. We do have upwards of 6000 butterflies in the gardens at any given time. If the butterflies are not in flight at the time of your visit it could be a number of natural factors at work that we do not control. Even if... More

Washington
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

This was such a pleasant experience. Yes the building is somewhat small but the atmosphere and the animals were quiet a treat. We sat and watched two flamingos, koi, turtles and listened to a cascading waterfall while we pretended for a short while we were in the tropics. With butterflys floating everywhere, parrots calling and amusing turtles eating their lunch.... More

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VicBG, General Manager at Victoria Butterfly Gardens, responded to this review

Hello Noluck7 Thank you for the wonderful review. We are glad that you did not miss us either.Sorry to hear that your husband overheated. Just a reminder, you are able to re-enter the gardens unlimited number of times on the same day. It does get warm in the jungle so we make your admission valid for the full day of... More

Sooke, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

We have family passes for the year and have gone almost every month and it never gets old. There is something new too see everytime. My girls love it there!

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VicBG, General Manager at Victoria Butterfly Gardens, responded to this review

Hello Steven E Thank you for the great review. All we can say to your review is WOW!! Thanks again and keep coming back to see the changes. More

Singapore, Singapore
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I loved seeing all the different butterflies flying around the garden but thought the entry fee was a bit spendy for the size of the building. I found the exhibit with all different stages of cocoons to be really interesting.

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VicBG, General Manager at Victoria Butterfly Gardens, responded to this review

Hello drtheva Thank you for the positive review. We are so glad to hear that you found us interesting and worth visiting. We are always focussing on how we can make our attraction a better value and would love to hear about what you think we could do to reach that goal. Please keep in mind that we are open... More

Cold Lake, Canada
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

During a saturday wine hunting expedition we decided to try out here ( one of the spots recommended by the Swans front desk). Having visited the Conservatory in Niagara Falls I wasn't expecting much as the building is quite a bit smaller. I was wrong, The displays are really well done and informative, as was the staff who were quite... More

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VicBG, General Manager at Victoria Butterfly Gardens, responded to this review

Hello Allen G Thank you for the very kind review. We are thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed your visit. We are always changing our garden experience so please come back again the next time you are in the area to see the changes. More

Victoria, Canada
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45 reviews 45 reviews
25 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This butterfly garden is close to the World Famous Butchart Gardens. The garden is a little small but still worth a visit. Not only are there over a dozen butterfly varities but there is also other tropical animals like flamingos, fish, turtles, parrots, and frogs. It is a great experience for kids.

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VicBG, General Manager at Victoria Butterfly Gardens, responded to this review

Hello Christopher W Thank you for your positive review of the Gardens. It is always encouraging to read a positive review. It lets us know we are on the right track. Reading a positive review from a local has special significance for us as we really want to be a positive factor in the community. Thank you again for your... More

Ontario
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

It's a short looping trail through a well landscaped humid atmosphere. There are turtles, birds, and flamingos in addition to many species of moth and butterfly. The noisy children were a distraction, but the educational signs and hatchery displays were interesting. Just sitting still and enjoying the butterflies was a highlight. It's not a long tour, but you will get... More

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VicBG, General Manager at Victoria Butterfly Gardens, responded to this review

Hello ONParker Thank you for your review of our gardens. We are glad that you understood that taking your time to let the gardens happen around you is the best way to experience it. We hope that you will visit us again the next time you are in Victoria, as we are always changing. More

Asheville, North Carolina
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100 reviews 100 reviews
29 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

If you enjoy the fluttering of butterflies you won't want to miss this. There is probably nothing more gentle than a butterfly and you will have your share of them here. Worth a stop.

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VicBG, General Manager at Victoria Butterfly Gardens, responded to this review

Hello Jimmcma Thank you for your wonderful review of the Victoria Butterfly Gardens. We are so glad that your visit was a positive one. More

Surrey, Canada
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We took our 4 and 6 year old grandchildren here yesterday. There were at least 5 tour buses there but they really wanted to go as we were going to catch a ferry. We were jostled hit with numerous backpacks. Everyone was holding an I pad up as a camera so as a result the kids barely got to see... More

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VicBG, General Manager at Victoria Butterfly Gardens, responded to this review

Hello Bob B I am truly sorry that your visit to the gardens was not one that you could recommend to others. We are not normally that congested. I am assuming you caught us when we had our cruise ship visitors. It is true that it can be congested at those times but they rarely visit for more than 45... More

Charleston, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This is a little smaller than I expected, but it is well-maintained and educational. I especially enjoyed the blue morphos (maddening to photograph - use movie setting!) and the Atlas moths.

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VicBG, General Manager at Victoria Butterfly Gardens, responded to this review

Hello KMBR72 Thank you for your review of Butterfly Gardens. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit. Those pesky Blue Morphos are very difficult for still photography. You are correct to suggest it is a good idea to use the movie setting if you have one on your camera. More

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