The Butchart Gardens are some of the most beautiful gardens I have seen and definitely a must-see if you travel to Victoria. The entrance fee is around 30 CAD dollars (depending on the time of the year) and it’s a great place to go during the spring/summer season.
Unexpectedly, it’s also a nice place to go during the winter after sunset for they cover the gardens with Christmas lights and have decorations and sculptures. There are huts along the walk that sells some hot cider or chocolate. During the summer, on Saturday nights, there is a firework show on the main lawn.
How to get there:
- From Downtown, bus #75 will drop you off at the gardens (2,50$ for a one-way ticket)
- By car, you can take highway 17 (aka Blanshard Street).
- The Butchart Gardens website has a map for bikers.
I have been there many times with different friends visiting me and we have never been disappointed. My favourite part has to be the Japanese garden. I have always been intrigued by this culture and stepping into this place is like going through a portal to another country. It’s beautiful and very relaxing to wander around.
Built on her husband’s abandoned quarry, Jennie Butchart created a masterpiece of beauty. Starting in 1906, she transformed a discarded place into something a million people visit every year. I highly suggest you be one of them. You won’t be disappointed. 🙂