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800 Benvenuto Avenue, Victoria, BC, V8X 3X4 Map
250-652-5256 | 866-652-4422Visit Website
Just north of Victoria, in the cozy little community of Brentwood Bay, lies the worldrenowned famous Butchart Gardens. These gardens, which first began to take shape in 1904, are perhaps the finest you will ever see. The Butchart Gardens' showpiece is their magnificent sunken garden, formerly a limestone quarry situated within the 130 acresestate. Several gardens comprise the 55 acre display garden including the historic rose garden, which contains over 250 varieties of roses. Other features include the Japanese garden which was begun in 1906, an Italian garden, numerous statuary, water features, and the Rose Carousel with 30 hand-carved animals designed for The Gardens and installed in 2009; the only Carousel on Vancouver Island.

In addition to its many gardens, the grounds of Butchart Gardens also are home to the Dining Room Restaurant (the former residence of the Butchart family), the Blue Poppy Restaurant, the Coffee Shop, Seed & Giftstore andand a plant identification center. One afternoon may not be enough time to fully enjoy all that these gardens have to offer; many visitors will choose to come back more than once in order to enjoy the full Butchart experience.

Insider's Tip: During the summerJuly and August, visitors can enjoyopen-air concerts in the garden every night of the week, as well as a fireworks displayon Saturday evenings. Check their schedule for more information. During the Christmas season, visitors can skate on an outdoor ice rink, and enjoy The Butchart Gardens' annual Christmas lights display, covering most of the 55 acres.
The Butchart Gardens is open every day at 9 a.m. (with the exception of Christmas Day when it opens at 1pm.) and closes at different hours depending on the season. See the hours of operation on their website for more information.

Their Rates also vary by season.

The Butchart Gardens is a 30-minute drive from Abkhazi Gardens. To reach The Butchart Gardens by car, head back downtown via Fairfield Road, and then drive north along Blanshard Street (away from Beacon Hill Park). Blanshard Street will turn into the Pat Bay Highway. Follow the highway, and exit onto Keating Cross road. From there, you can follow the signs to the gardens, where you will find a free parking lot.

For public transport from Abkhazi gardens, take the number 7 bus back into town, and get off at Douglas Street. From there, you can take the number 72 (Swartz Bay) to Royal Oak Exchange, where you will transfer to the number 75 (Saanichton), which takes you straight to Butchart Gardens.

Another option for reaching Butchart Gardens is to travel with a private tour company. CVS Sightseeing offers a Butchart Gardens Express tour that takes you straight from downtown to the gardens.

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