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Victoria Butterfly Gardens

1461 Benvenuto Avenue, Central Saanich, British Columbia V8M 1J5, Canada
250-652-3822
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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El Cajon, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This is a lovely place to venture before you go to Butchart Gardens. The plants, flowers, butterflies and birds are incredible. Be aware that it is very warm and humid in the gardens. It's a jungle!

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

Hello Lorle L Thank you for the excellent review and rating. We are very appreciative when are guests write in to express their points of view. When they are as favourable as yours, it helps to motivate us to keep doing better. Thank you again and please stop in the next time you are in the area. More

Dacula, Georgia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We included this attraction with our excursion to Butchart Gardens. While it was a pleasant site, it didn't rank well with other butterfly gardens that we have visited., such as the gardens at Niagara Falls, Canada. It is a worthwhile add to any visit to Butchart Gardens if time allows.

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

Hello Frank C Thank you for the review. It was very kind of you to recommend us as part of a tour to Butchart Gardens. I am sorry to hear that you did not think we rank well as a butterfly gardens compared to the one in Niagara Falls. Having been to that Butterfly Gardens, I understand why you enjoyed... More

Bissett
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Victoria Butterfly Gardens was beautiful, interesting and fun. Enjoyed seeing all of the butterflies flying around and especially the one that landed on my head. The hi-lite for us however was the beautiful bright green bird (parrot maybe) that greeted us with a "hello" and was very picture friendly. Even walked on my arm the minute I sat down on... More

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

Hello Gail W Thank you for the excellent review. Going by the review you wrote, you certainly had a great experience. The bird you are referring to is named Little E. He is a male Eclectus and friendly does not quite cover how enamoured he is with all women who come in to the gardens. His wife,. Rosie, is not... More

Williams Lake, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

I was expecting the area to be larger however the small area seems to work well as the concentration of butterflies is higher. It was a joy to look around trying to spy the hidden caterpillars and butterflies. And of course many of the butterflies flew all around as well sometimes landing on people as they passed. This was a... More

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

Hello AdventureFamof4 Thank you for the wonderful review. We are so glad to hear that everyone enjoyed their visit to the Gardens. We are glad you were able tp find all the different life cycles of the butterflies. We hope you will come back and visit again the next time you are in the area. PS don't forget to say... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We were amazed by not only the huge variety of butterflys, but the tropical rain forest, plants, and animals. Parrots, flamingos, iguanas, tortoise, the list goes on and on. Very, very well done. You'll feel you've gotten your money's worth, learned a lot, and enjoyed yourself thoroughly.

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

Hello Shaundee Thank you for the wonderful review. We are so glad to read the we surprised you (in a good way) and you felt that our attraction was a good value. We will continue to work hard at improving our attraction so that everyone will feel as you do. Thanks again and please stop in and see us again... More

Jackson, California, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This attraction was part of our Victoria, BC excursion during our Alaska cruise. It was amazing to see the different butterflies and moths, all at different stages of their life cycles. There were parrots, turtles/tortoises, flamingos and ducks, along with different types of fish, all within a beautiful, serene garden setting. You don't seem to mind the humidity within the... More

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

Hello Claudia C Thank you for the wonderful review. We are very happy to read your thoughts on our attraction. We are might be a little biased, but, we believe a visit to our facility is a great addition to anyone's trip to Victoria. According to your review, you would agree. We are glad you took the time to come... More

Preston, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

What a beautiful place to see exotic butterflies and birds and turtles. We are on holiday from the UK and took our family for an afternoon outing. We all loved it and thought the setting superb.

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

Hello Christine A Thank you for the excellent review and the wonderful play on words. We will continue to do our best to make sure that every guest feels the same way you do about our Jungle. We know it is a long way to come to visit but we hope, if you are in the area again, you will... More

Gilroy, California
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Took a tour of the gardens. I found them to be truly fascinating. A multitude of plants and insects. Hundreds of different types of beautiful butterflies. I would recommend this attraction to everyone. We had a great visit, a little short but still had a great time.

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

Hello Don K Thank you for your review of the gardens. To hear that you would recommend this attraction for everyone is a great honour! We try our best to make sure that we offer excellent value. It would seem, from your review, that we have made that happen. We hope you will visit us again the next time you... More

Corvallis, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Victoria Butterfly Gardens is a great place to see butterflies and moths as well as some animals and birds such as parrots, flamingos, turtles, and colorful poison frogs? We enjoyed taking butterfly photos on the beautiful flowers.

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

Hello Richard T Thank you for the wonderful review and the excellent rating on TripAdvisor. We are very happy that you enjoyed your visit. I am sure you would agree that the number of pictures that can be taken at Victoria Butterfly Gardens is endless and can make even the most novice of photographers look like an expert. We hope... More

atlanta
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54 reviews 54 reviews
40 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We stopped by the Butterfly Garden after visiting The Butchart Garden. The Butterfly Garden was small but there was a lot to see. In addition to the butterfiles there were exotic birds, flamingos, turtles, an iguana, and koy. It was fun chasing the butterflies and trying to get a sharp shot on the beautiful flowers. If you have children, they... More

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

Hello Patrat236 Thank you for the great review. Glad to hear that you had so much fun chasing our butterflies. Those butterflies can be very elusive even to a skilled photographer. Your comments regarding our admission price and all the animals you got to see, it sounds like we are doing the right thing and providing good value. We will... More

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