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“Mayne's Stunning Secret”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden
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$315.42*
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Private Tour: Butchart Gardens and Saanich Peninsula
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Mayne's Stunning Secret”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2014

Whilst rounding up an island-hopping cycle trip and being too early for the ferry, we asked the super-helpful BC Ferries girl whether the downhill to the Japanese Gardens (and therefore the uphill return slog) were worth doing in a 1 hour time window in the drizzle. She should probably work for the Tourist Board as she upsold theGardens in some style.
She was not wrong...even on a wet May Sunday morning, this sizeable garden hidden in the forest is just stunning...the little plaques outlining the history, the obvious love and attention that go into maintaining the garden, and the very real feeling of peace and tranquility they inspire make them well worth finding. There have even been weddings there and I am not surprised.
For families there is a small play area adjacent with a zip line et al, which means a family morning/afternoon out with a picnic etc with small kids would be really good. The gardens however, are a testament to the vision and attentiveness of those who planned and maintained them. Visit, donate and reflect. You will not be disappointed

Visited May 2014
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English first
north vancouver
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“At Christmas time the gardens are lite”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

The gardens are beautifully maintained we went on an evening on a rare snow day it was beautiful the plants and surroundings are a credit to the volunteers

Visited December 2013
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Nanaimo, Canada
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21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A wonderful garden with great history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2014

This garden is lovely. It is a testament to the Japanese who were taken from the island during WWII and interned. It was just starting to bloom in March when we visited and I would love to visit it during the later spring and summer.

Visited March 2014
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1 Thank tapper25
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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A gem!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2014

Even mid winter in a chilly rain this was spectacular, peaceful beautiful and well worth your time. I can only imagine what it would be like in spring when all the plants and trees are in bloom!

Visited January 2014
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1 Thank Sandra B
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Abbotsford, Canada
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381 reviews
166 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
“Worth a visit ...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2014

This small Japanese garden is a tribute to the early settlers and farmers who made Mayne Island their home. Sadly in 1942, these Japanese-Canadians were interred and lost their homes and properties. It is compact, but beautifully laid out, and provides a quiet place for reflection on the past.

Visited February 2014
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1 Thank Paul B
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