Hi--we will be visiting Victoria for 1-2 days in the beginning of August 2012. We plan on visiting Butchart Gardens, possibly renting bikes to explore Beacon Hill Park and we would like to have high tea. I have read that the Empress Gardens is very expensive. Can anybody suggest some alternate locations? We would like the full experience but not something too touristy. I am not sure if we will have a car yet or not so something central to the harbor would be good as I think that is where we will be staying. Any suggestions as to things to do would be greatly appreciated as well. We love the outdoors and wildlife. Thank you for your help.