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The Butchart Gardens

800 Benvenuto Ave | Brentwood Bay, Central Saanich, British Columbia V8M 1J8, Canada
+1 250-652-4422
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These internationally acclaimed floral display gardens and National Historic Site of Canada started over 100 years ago and remain privately owned by the family. Jennie Butchart wanted to make her husband's depleted limestone quarry look better and the result is the Sunken Garden. Other gardens include the Rose Garden, the Japanese Garden and the Italian Garden. The gardens are meticulously maintained and provide a riot of colour for much of the year. During the summer, special lighting subtly illuminates the gardens, musical entertainment takes place on the Concert Lawn, and there are ten spectacular Saturday night Firework Shows. The Magic of Christmas season also has beautiful lighting and evening entertainment, and an outdoor skating rink. Spring offers hundreds of thousand flowering bulbs and Autumn is the time for dahlias, chrysanthemums and fall colours. The Gardens is open daily, year round.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
800 Benvenuto Ave | Brentwood Bay, Central Saanich, British Columbia V8M 1J8, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday

Its nearly an hour drive from Victoria downtown. Must visit garden to see the flowers and plants from different countries. We went in October and the best was the fall colors in the Japan garden . You need atleast 60-75 minuted to cover the whole...More

Thank Gagan_Gupta_1975
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Garden were wonder filled when we visited in Autumn. We hope to return in Spring. A friend had visited Victoria often and recommended the High Tea in the Gardens as better than all high teas in Victoria. Better price and better fare. The wine...More

Thank SaraSpoonda
Reviewed 3 days ago

Not just for garden lovers, the history of this place and the family, (Lady) that had the for sight to establish these gardens is amazing. Do not miss this experience. We were luck enough to get in early and have breakfast at the gardens if...More

Reviewed 3 days ago

A misty night, bit cool, magical. Take the opportunity to experience the lights at Butchart Gardens. We went around 7 (evening) and the crowds weren't too heavy. Earlier it can be more crowded. I suspect as Christmas comes closer the crowds will get heavier. There's...More

Thank Bruce B
Reviewed 3 days ago

I have been here numerous times and still amazes me how great it is.Worth every $ you spend.Great for families and winter lights are awesome as people too. Spend the time to see this. One of the best attractions in Canada if not the world.

Thank Ken M
Reviewed 4 days ago

From the moment you arrive at this place you just know you made the right choice. There is so much to see the gardens are just amazing.. The gift shop has excellent gifts and the cafe is well priced for a cuppa I will be...More

Thank Chanel2315
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a must see for anyone visiting Victoria. The Christmas lights are breathtaking and we had fun finding the “12 days of Christmas.” Make reservations at the restaurant early.

Thank jeaniej2014
Reviewed 5 days ago

A spectacular display of lights featuring the 12 Days of Christmas theme. We arrived shortly before 5 - lights weren't on at that time. A couple of minutes later, the gardens became a burst of beautiful lights. Absolutely amazing! Loved the carousel.

Thank Johandarl
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I have been to this attraction during all seasons of the year. In summer, the flowers are spectacular but in winter it is magical. I just went with family to kick off our Christmas season. What a way to celebrate! Carol singers, so many lights,...More

Thank Buffy1436
Reviewed 5 days ago

The weather did not play along for this site, however, we were still able to appreciate the immaculate grounds. The foliage, even in November, was spectacular. It left us wanting to return to Victoria to appreciate the gardens in spring or summer. It's definitely a...More

Thank lilio74
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VickieandTommy P
November 15, 2017|
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Response from TBGSocialMedia | Property representative |
Hi Vicky and Tommy, Starting June 15th, the gates are open until 10pm, with viewing until 11pm. Depending on when you are visiting in June, it typically gets dark around 9 so you'll see the gardens at dusk and after dark... More
September 5, 2017|
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Response from Raina H | Reviewed this property |
Buchart Gardens is open in January, but be mindful it's winter so you will not see blooming roses, etc., however the shrubs and trees are beautiful.
Peter J
August 3, 2017|
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Response from reed622 | Reviewed this property |
I would say 2 hours with kids is a lot of time. Unless they are avid gardeners of course. You can stop and get a snack in the gardens near the fountain in the the sunken gardens. They sell chips and ice cream and drinks I... More