The Butchart Gardens
The Butchart Gardens
4.5
Points of Interest & LandmarksGardensScenic Walking Areas
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
About
Come enjoy our breathtaking 22 ha (55 acres) of gardens year around. In Spring, countless tulips, daffodils and hyacinths will give you a buffet of fragrances and colours. You’ll be saying “wow” when you experience our Summer: The Rose Garden, evening entertainment, subtle night illuminations, the Saturday firework show, and boat tours to name a few of the delights. Perennial borders start their stunning show in late summer, and the Japanese maples turn to russet, gold, and red in the fall. Be captivated by the Magic of Christmas with its decorations, expansive lighting and outdoor ice skating rink. Top off the day with a ride on the carousel and a great meal. Come see why we’ve been designated a National Historic Site.
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  • 708Robin
    West Sussex, United Kingdom1,475 contributions
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    These gardens are one of the worlds best you will see
    The gardens are simply stunning and we spent about 3 hours walking around them. A must see if you are on Vancouver Island. We drove there and there was plenty of parking. The gardens are set up under different headings, the only disappointing one I thought was the Mediterranean Garden which almost seem to be an after thought as you left the main garden. As for the rest though, just so colourful, although the Japanese Garden was about greenery. They do 2 plantings a year and in the Spring they plant 160,000 bulbs. It keeps the 50 gardeners fully occupied and the place is kept immaculately tidy.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Elroy F
    27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding flower displays
    I'm not a huge fan of flowers. But we were shocked at the incredible, perfect looking displays, a visual feast. I've never seen anything like it and have been to a number of public gardens. Perhaps we were lucky and came at the right time of year. Everything was in bloom and looking beautiful. I would recommend coming to Vancouver Island just to visit Butchart Gardens. A unique experience.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 25, 2023
  • SimonHutchins
    Reading, United Kingdom200 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible colour
    The Butchart Gardens are, without ad doubt, the most colourful and flower-filled gardens we have ever visited. Almost every step reveals a new colour or species. The Sunken Garden is a particular highlight, with its wide range of immaculately crafted flowers and the waterfall display. This is a must-visit for anyone staying in Victoria.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 26, 2023
  • RightTruRvws
    Fort Collins, Colorado186 contributions
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    Just as great as others have described
    Just as exceptional as others have described A truly wonderful experience for the senses. We came in the afternoon and while they said it was a quieter day, they need to manage the crowds. That said, still very much worth it. 40-45 minute drive from downtown Victoria
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Stephen455
    Haworth, New Jersey29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking!
    Absolutely the most gorgeous Botanical Gardens I have ever visited. It's about a 30 minute drive from downtown Victoria and well worth the trip. The Sunken Garden is breathtaking. We went in the early evening, 6pm and stayed til dusk when the lights illuminated the gardens. Spent 3+ hours and enjoyed every minute.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Rosie
    Seattle, Washington196 contributions
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    Beautiful Day in a Beautiful Garden
    First time visiting The Butchart Gardens. It is breathtakingly beautiful! The different varieties of flowers, plants and trees is amazing! Hard to imagine that the beautiful sunken garden was once a limestone quarry! A lot of hard work and dedication has gone into this garden. We brought our cameras (hard to!) and took a ton of photos. Unfortunately we ran out of time and didn’t see the Mediterranean Gardens. Missed lunch too! Guess that means we’ll have to go back sometime! Highly recommend!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Rob B
    Silverton, Oregon72 contributions
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    Day in Paradise
    My wife and I spent a glorious day touring the gardens on our 50th Wedding Anniversary. Our favorite area is the Sunken Garden. To cap off the day we enjoyed a concert by the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. It was close to a day in paradise!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 4, 2023
  • Ashish D
    Kolkata (Calcutta), India840 contributions
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    Lovely garden in Victoria
    We visited this lovely garden during end of June 2023. The information desk was very helpful. The garden was well managed and looked great. We walked around at our own pace. We went around Waterwheel square to Sunken Garden, Lookout view and then descend below (The Mound & Sunken Garden Lake), Next is Ross Fountain, Then comes Rose Garden and Rose Arch, Proceed to Japanese Garden and enter Butchart Cove with Star Pond, Then go on to Italian Garden with ornate pond. We wanted to have tea at the Dinning Room but was privately booked that day!
    Visited June 2023
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Allen R
    Depoe Bay, Oregon104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stands the test of time - still breath taking
    Maybe more beautiful than I remember from 30 and 50 years ago. Low 70 degrees weather and the most perfectly maintained garden in the World. Long and lovely walk with lots of places to set and rest or people watch. Nice to know some place stand the test of time.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 6, 2023
  • DeSmulsmurf
    Mortsel, Belgium91 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You got to smell it to believe it
    Helaas kun je geen geur bewaren op een foto, want de tuin heeft prachtige thematische tuinen die je betoveren. Mijn enige spijt is dat we niet langer konden blijven. Unfortunately, you cannot save smell on a photograph, because the garden boasts with beautiful thematic gardens that captivate you. My only regret is that we could not stay longer.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 6, 2023
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xygb7dklt
Ottawa317 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
The 100-year-old, 55 acre (22 hectare) garden has been designated a National Historic Site of Canada. Statistically, they have 900 bedding plant varieties, 26 greenhouses and 50 fulltime gardeners.

When we arrived in October, staff had begun installing the thousands of Christmas lights for late afternoon and evening viewing from November 26 to January 6.
The Sunken Garden in the original limestone quarry was the hit of our visit with annual beds, perennials, trees, shrubs, and the Ross Fountain. But don’t miss the Japanese Garden, Star Pond, Italian Garden, Rose Garden (autumn is not rose season even in this climate) and a Mediterranean Garden.

Displays change with the season so each visit is different. The winding pathways are even and well signed. There is a dining room, café, and gift shop near the entrance.

Adult tickets range from $20 to $30 and can be bought on the website. Youth and child admissions are less. We took a bus tour there that included entry and the cost was $75 from downtown Victoria.
Written October 10, 2021
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519den
Vancouver, Canada15 contributions
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Sep 2020 • Family
My wife and daughters reserved for high tea on a Saturday afternoon. When I got there to drop them off, we were told that they had to pay an entrance fee. I explained to the parking attendant that they were just there for the restaurant, but she informed me that since the restaurant is in the gardens, they would need to pay to get in. $36 each!!!!! That’s right , on top of what they were going to spend on high tea, $45 each, we had to cough up another $36 so they could just get to the restaurant.
Never!!!!
Written September 6, 2020
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ATW2009
Saskatoon SK15 contributions
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Oct 2020
Even though it was fall and the flowers had mostly finished, it was still a delight to spend time taking photos here. The fall foliage was beautiful, and because I went earlier in the day, during the week, it was quiet and I didn't feel rushed and could take my time. Even though the Rose Garden was finished, there were still some blooms left that were covered in dew and made for some interesting shots. The dahlias were in full colourful bloom and stood out in the bright sunlight. The Japanese Garden was my favourite spot, with it curving lines and serenity. I bought the 12 month pass as I intend to visit a few times in the next few months, which makes it more cost-effective and gives a discount to others who may come with me in subsequent visits.
Written October 26, 2020
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LarryTheRadioGuy
Edmonton, Canada655 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
This is the 4th time I've been to Butchart Gardens, and the first time since the pandemic, as it was closed for a couple months. Everything is still beautifully kept up....and we really admired the amazing detail of the Japanese Garden.

Its too bad they had to cancel their great concert series, as last year we were so looking forward to it again this year.

They are making a valiant attempt at social distancing, changing the parking lot to a smaller space and restricting the number of visitors. Staff members are posted down various paths to ensure they don't get too crowded. And they have lots of arrows and one-ways, which most people follow.

It does make it a bit difficult to stop and take photos, and some people end up having to 'wait' for others who are ahead of them. But it can be a great patience building exercise.....combined with the natural relaxation that comes with the atmosphere.

And they do have the gelato stand open....and it's probably the best around. The pistachio has little bits of pistachio in it, and the coconut-pineapple really does taste like both coconut and pineapple (rather than a watered down version of either).
Written August 22, 2020
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Happy H man
Uttoxeter, UK455 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
If you are into gardening, the outside just enjoy some amazing views this is the place for you. Allow a couple of hours to look around.

We visited on a rainy day and it didn't stop us enjoying it (they even supply umbellas,it as if they get a lot of rain!)

If you read what the gardens were before it is even more amazing what has been made.

Even in May there was lots of colour, I suspect in a month time it will look even more spectacular.

As an aside there is a nice place for lunch /coffee...my curry cauliflower soup was much better that it sounds!

Lots of parking and lots of walking

It is not surprising that this is the No.1 attraction in Victoria. I have attached a few pictures but please go and see it for yourself.
Written June 6, 2022
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A B
Toronto45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Business
I’d never been in the winter and this visit was right after an unexpected snowfall. Quiet and serene compared to the other seasons. Nice to stroll around and focus on the non seasonal gardens. The museum that’s open during this time of the year gives you a glimpse into the history of the gardens and the artistic flair of Jennie Butchart who had a vision to create something so beautiful out of a empty quarry.
Written February 11, 2020
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Sandy W
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Prior to our arrival the staff provided helpful information via telephone regarding online admission fees and reservations for Tea. Their information provided details unavailable on the website. If you can provide your own transportation your schedule will be more flexible; parking is free. Arrive as early in the morning as possible to experience smaller crowds of visitors. If you will have a choice of which day to visit, check a weather report for the most ideal weather. Several special free events are offered on various days and at various times.
Written August 11, 2023
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Shirley A
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
Had a free day to devote to these much talked about 22ha gardens built in a quarry and were not disappointed. We caught an early express bus from Victoria. Nice cafe before you meander your way down along winding paths, via glasshouses, past colourful hanging baskets, various colourful trees,fountains, ponds, rose gardens, trellises, and even a carousel in a Children's garden. This menagerie carousel has 30 hand carved wooden animals. Restaurant crowded so prebooking necessary. Beautiful surroundings to sit in away from crowds if taking own snacks. We walked right down through Japanese garden close to ferry jetty. Didn't personally explore that option. Easily spent several happy hours exploring.
Written April 23, 2020
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Hari A
Delta, Canada660 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
A must see at least once. The sunken garden is my high light. However admission has gone up a lot. Now we refrain from taking out of town visitors to Vancouver to visit the gardens as it has become very expensive.
Written October 12, 2020
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Carolina A
Burnaby, Canada1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I knew it would not be the same experience to go there in Summer/Spring than Fall/Winter. However, the garden is advertised as a "year long" attraction that has something for everyone in every season. So I went there today, spent 27$ per person to go there and see a completely DEAD garden. Honestly, it was ridiculous. It took me and my husband 30 min to see it all because guess what? There's nothing to see!

Everything dead and one room with some flowers was all we saw. And all there was.

Decided to have lunch and ate a terribly overpriced empanada, my husband had a sandwich. 39$! 39$ for an empanada and a sandwich+drinks. Ridiculous. Was expecting much more for 27$ entry, honestly.
Written January 31, 2020
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