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Victoria Butterfly Gardens

1461 Benvenuto Avenue, Central Saanich, British Columbia V8M 1J5, Canada
250-652-3822
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$139*
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Victoria in One Day Sightseeing Tour
85%
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Specialty Museums, Outdoors
Owner description: Victoria Butterfly Gardens offers a rare opportunity to experience a...
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Type: Gardens, Specialty Museums, Outdoors
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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.
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54 reviews 54 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

A wonderful visit with a chance to watch a butterfly hatch! excellent facilities and good informative staff.

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

Hello Franneee Thank you for your positive review. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and that you found the facilities and staff up to the standard you were expecting. We hope that if you are in the area you will come see us again. More 

Victoria, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

I am fortunate to live close to Butterfly Gardens and have a seasons pass to allow me to visit anytime. Having spent some years in the tropics, I love to go here and reconnect with the warmth, exotic smells, bright butterflies and birds that abound. It is especially welcome in the cooler months to rejuvenate your spirits. If you are... More 

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

Hello Marj238 Thank you very much for the excellent review! When we receive a local giving us such a high rating, we are even prouder than normal. We try our best to make every visit special and it sounds like we have succeeded where you are concerned. Having bought an annual pass is definitely the best way to get extra... More 

Leduc, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I had heard of this Butterfly Garden but had never ventured inside. What a neat experience. It is a bit unnerving to have the butterflies flying around and landing on you but they are so beautiful and once you relax it is a very cool experience. I learned a lot and have a new appreciation of these wonderful creatures.

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

Hello DebnLyn Thank you for the positive review. You are correct, it can be a bit unnerving when all the butterflies start fluttering around but fear not, they are harmless. You found the secret to it all, sit down, relax and let nature take you away. We hope you will be back to visit the next time you are in... More 

Vancouver, Canada
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81 reviews 81 reviews
19 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

The humidity reminded me of our time living in Singapore! Great idea for photographers is the hand dryer by the exit door to prevent lenses from fogging. My daughter took me (grandfather / photographer) and my granddaughter for a bonding day - perfect place for the two generations to get to know each other as we explored the garden looking... More 

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

Hello IamKen Thank you for the wonderful review. It gives us great joy to hear about your bonding experience with your granddaughter. We are happy that we could be a part of it. We look forward to you returning the next time you are on the island. More 

Volusia County Fla.
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51 reviews 51 reviews
24 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This is a rather large room that is climate controlled to accommodate tropical and subtropical plants and butterflies. The room is WELL laid out for butterflies and a few birds to roam at large with the human visitors. You can spend an hour there.

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

Hello FlaCracker Thank you for your review. It is always gratifying to read our guests comments. We are glad to hear that your experience was positive and if you find yourself on our beautiful island again make sure to come back and visit your new friends in the gardens. More 

Vancouver, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Went with our two girls, ages 5 & 8. It was very enchanting to walk in and have beautiful butterflies everywhere. We also enjoyed the parrot, other birds, large koi, flamingos, etc. My older daughter was bored before my younger one (which is nothing new!). We left after about an hour, although the little one could have stayed longer. Close... More 

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

Hello LIsa S Thank you for your recent review of Victoria Butterfly Gardens. We are glad to hear that all of you enjoyed the gardens (some for longer than others). You are correct about the family discount but it is advertised on our "rates" page of our website as is a chance to win a discount on your admission by... More 

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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
17 helpful votes 17 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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