Travel to Butchart Gardens

Spectacular night time scene at Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British ColumbiaSpectacular night time scene at Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia

Victoria is located in the Canadian Province of British Columbia, at the southern end of Vancouver Island.

Popular with tourists from around the world, Victoria has been named both the Most Romantic City in Canada and one of the top 15 Friendliest Cities in the World.

With a perfect growing climate, Victoria is known internationally as the City of Gardens. The Butchart Gardens, just north of Victoria in Brentwood Bay, are internationally known and appreciated, and host over a million visitors annually.

The Butchart Gardens are located on the remnants of a cement plant, and features over a million bedding plants in over 900 varieties.

With a former limestone quarry for her backyard, Jennie Butchart envisioned in 1904 landscaping a sunken garden in its place, transforming the property for her family and visitors for generations to come.

Today, the grounds are extensive, and include the famous Sunken Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, Italian Garden, Mediterranean Garden, Rose Carousel, boat tours, fireworks and many special features.

Selfie sticks are not permitted. Photography is welcome, but should not interfere with the enjoyment of other visitors; do not block pathways with tripods. Smoking is not permitted.

Pets must be kept on a short leash, and under control at all times; owners are required to clean up after them. Wheelchairs and children’s strollers are available, for a small refundable deposit, at the Information Centre.

Tickets may be purchased in advance online, or upon arrival at the gardens. Parking is free.

We have toured Butchart Gardens as recently as May of 2018 ... it is a treasure not to be missed! We recommend a minimum of two hours to cover the grounds; one could easily spend 4+ hours exploring all that the gardens have to offer.

 

Shown below is the entrance area at The Butchart Gardens
Entrance area at The Butchart Gardens, just north of Victoria on Vancouver Island

 

The Butchart Gardens
800 Benvenuto Avenue
Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1J8, Canada
Phone 866.652.4422

Official website of The Butchart Gardens

The Butchart Gardens on Facebook

 

 

Scenes Around The Butchart Gardens

Scene at The Piazza at The Butchart Gardens in Victoria
Scene at The Piazza at The Butchart Gardens in Victoria
The famous Sunken Gardens at The Butchart Gardens in Victoria
Sunken gardens at The Butchart Gardens in Victoria
A profusion of spring blossoms at The Butchart Gardens in Victoria
A profusion of spring blossoms at The Butchart Gardens in Victoria
Huge ferns in the shade at Butchart Gardens
Huge ferns in the shade at Butchart Gardens

 

 

Beautiful yellow and white colors at Butchart Gardens
Beautiful yellow and white colors at Butchart Gardens
Spiked white flowers in full bloom in spring at The Butchart Gardens
Spiked white flowers in full bloom in spring at The Butchart Gardens
Purple and white Iris blooms at The Butchart Gardens
Purple and white Iris blooms at The Butchart Gardens
A colorful courtyard in spring at The Butchart Gardens in Victoria
A colorful courtyard in spring at The Butchart Gardens in Victoria
Nighttime scene in the Italian Garden
Nighttime scene in the Italian Garden at Butchart Gardens in British Columbia
Boat landing and dock at Butchart Cove in Victoria
Boat landing and dock at Butchart Cove in Victoria
Seeds and Gifts ... at The Butchart Gardens in Victoria
Seeds and Gifts ... at The Butchart Gardens in Victoria

 

 

Victoria Butterfly Gardens are located a few minutes drive from The Butchart Gardens, at 1461 Benvenuto Avenue, Brentwood Bay, BC.
Victoria Butterfly Gardens, just a few minutes drive from The Butchart Gardens


How to Get to Victoria

With Victoria's location on Vancouver Island, access to the city is via boat or air.

Ferries

Ferries run to Victoria from Port Townsend and Anacortes, Washington, and from Vancouver, BC.

Ferry Route NM & Time Details, Times, Reservations
Port Townsend, Washington to Victoria - The M.V. Coho ferry of Black Ball Ferry Line provides service to Victoria from Port Angeles, Washington. The dock is located in the Inner Harbour Area at the Steamship Terminal building, 470 Belleville Street.

23nm

1:30

Black Ball Ferry Line
Anacortes, Washington to Sidney, BC - Car and passenger Service by the Washington State Ferry System docks in Sidney near the Victoria International Airport. Reservations are recommended and can be made online. The driving distance from the Sidney dock south to downtown Victoria is about 28 km. 2:45 Washington State Ferry System
Vancouver (Tsawwassen) to Victoria (Swartz Bay) - Ferry service is provided via BC Ferries. Reservations are recommended and can be made online.

24nm

1:35

British Columbia Ferries
Vancouver (Departure Bay) to Nanaimo, BC (Horseshoe Bay) - Nanaimo is located about 111 km north of downtown Victoria. Ferry service is provided via BC Ferries from Departure Bay north of Vancouver to Horseshoe Bay in Nanaimo. Reservations are recommended and can be made online.

30nm

1:40

British Columbia Ferries
Downtown Vancouver, BC to Downtown Victoria - Luxury ferry service is provided by V2V Vacations on the V2V Empress. Docks at the Steamship Terminal building. Passengers only. 3:15 V2V Vacations
Downtown Seattle, WA to Downtown Victoria - Luxury ferry service is provided by Clipper Vacations on the Victoria Clipper. Docks at the Steamship Terminal building. Passengers only. 2:45 Clipper Vacations

 

Airlines

Scheduled airline flights into Victoria International Airport are provided by Air Canada, Delta, United, WestJet and other airlines. More than 50 flights from Vancouver and Seattle land daily, in addition to many direct flights from major Canadian and U.S. cities. The airport is about 28 km from downtown Victoria via Highway 17.

Various float plane operators such as Harbour Air, Kenmore Air, and others fly into the Victoria Harbour Airport with flights to/from Vancouver, Seattle and other locations.

Cruise Lines

In addition, several cruise lines dock at the Ogden Point Cruise Terminal, located in the Outer Harbour area, about one mile from the Inner Harbour and downtown. Shuttle service is provided from the Ogden Point Cruise Terminal to and from downtown. The shuttle runs a minimum of every 20 minutes. Cruise lines stopping in Victoria include Royal Caribbean, Princess, NCL, Holland America, Carnival, Celebrity, Crystal, and others.

 

Other Things to See and Do in Victoria

Besides The Butchart Gardens, Victoria has attractions and things to do for all ages, and interests. Some of the popular attractions include the following:

  • The Royal BC Museum in VictoriaOne of the most popular attractions in Victoria is the Royal BC Museum, located at 675 Belleville Street
    Visitor Center, 812 Wharf Street , for maps, brochures, local advice, reservations, transportation ... phone 900.663.3883
  • Royal BC Museum and IMAX Victoria
  • Empress Hotel National Historic Site
  • British Columbia Parliament building
  • Whale watching excursions
  • Fisherman's Wharf
  • Inner Harbour boat rides, kayaking
  • Beacon Hill Park
  • Seaplane and helicopter tours
  • Christ Church Cathedral
  • Ogden Point Terminal and Breakwater
  • Government Street
  • Chinatown
  • Craigdarroch Castle
  • Victoria Butterfly Gardens
  • Robert Bateman Centre
  • Emily Carr House
  • Bastion Square
  • Carriage and double-deck bus tours around the city
  • Oak Bay

 

Victoria Travel Information from TripAdvisor

All Hotels in Victoria

Hotels in Downtown Victoria

Fairmont Empress Hotel

Hotels near Victoria International Airport

Vacation Rentals in Victoria

Restaurants and dining options in Victoria

Things to Do in Victoria

Victoria Travel Guide

Click to review hotels and restaurants, read reviews and make reservations at TripAdvisor


Views Around City Center in Victoria

The Victoria waterfront, with the Empress Hotel to the right
The Victoria waterfront, with the Empress Hotel to the right



View of the Victoria waterfront from the Royal BC Museum
View of the Victoria waterfront from the Royal BC Museum

Other Attractions to See on Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island, the largest populated landmass between western North America and New Zealand, offers a large variety of things to do in addition to those in Victoria:

  • Tofino, BC ... on the Pacific Ocean ... surfing mecca, plus the Tofino Botanical Gardens
  • Harbour city Nanaimo, home of chocolate-and-custard Nanaimo bars, has an Old City Quarter with shops, galleries and restaurants. And don't miss the Nanaimo Museum and the Old City Quarter.
  • Museum, Discovery Pier, and the Discovery Passage Aquarium at Campbell River
  • Ucluelet Aquarium
  • Pacific rim National Park Reserve
  • Alberni Valley Museum
  • Cathedral Grove, between Parksville and Port Alberni ... towering giant trees and quiet trails
  • Coombs Old Country Museum
  • The Teafarm near Duncan
  • Cumberland Museum in the Comox Valley
  • Milner Gardens and Woodland
  • Horne Lake Caves and Outdoor Centre
  • Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea in Sidney
  • Maritime Centre in Cowichan Bay
  • Victoria Distillers in Sidney
  • Cherry Point Vineyards in Duncan
  • Gabriola Island, reached via a 20-minute ferry ride from Nanaimo

 

Where to Stay on Vancouver Island ... from TripAdvisor

Hotels in Victoria

Nanaimo Hotels

Campbell River Hotels

Tofino Hotels

Sidney Hotels

Port Alberni Hotels

Courtenay Hotels

Parksville Hotels

 

Click to review hotels and restaurants, read reviews and make reservations at TripAdvisor

 

Interactive Map of the Victoria, British Columbia Area

More Information about Victoria

Tourism Victoria

British Columbia Ferries

MV Coho of the Black Ball Ferry Line

Washington State Ferry System

The Butchart Gardens

Royal BC Museum

Victoria Travel Guide from TripAdvisor

Other Travel and Vacation Destinations


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