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(This post about visiting Butchart Gardens was updated in 2019)

 

One of the absolute must visit places on Vancouver Island are the very beautiful Butchart Gardens. The gardens receive over 1 million visitors a year who come to admire the colourful display of flowers. Spread over 55 acres they include the Sunken Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, Star Pond amongst others.

In this post you will find information to help you to plan your visit to the gardens

  • Where are Butchart Gardens?
  • What is the history of the gardens?
  • What is there to do and see at Butchart Gardens?
  • When is the firework display at Butchart Gardens?
  • How much is admission to Butchart Gardens?
  • When is the best time to visit Butchart Gardens?
  • What food and drink is available at Butchart Gardens?
  • How much time do you need at Butchart Gardens?
  • How can I travel to Butchart Gardens from Victoria?

 

BUTCHART GARDENS CANADA - FLOWERS AND STAIRS

 

A GUIDE TO BUTCHART GARDENS VANCOUVER ISLAND - TRAVEL CANADA

WHERE ARE BUTCHART GARDENS LOCATED?

Butchart gardens are situated 23 km north of Victoria on Vancouver Island, BC Canada.

 

 


THE HISTORY OF BUTCHART GARDENS


 

The gardens were the idea of Jennie Butchart who (over 100 years ago) decided to design a flower garden in what was then an abandoned quarry. Her husband was a wealthy businessman who owned a cement plant on the island and the quarry had provided limestone to the business. Her vision and creativity led to the creation of what are now one of the most beautiful floral show gardens in the world.

 

FLOWERS AT BUTCHART GARDENS

 


WHAT IS THERE TO SEE AT BUTCHART GARDENS


 

As well as beautiful flower displays there are numerous gardens to visit across the 55 acres. The sunken garden is perhaps the most iconic of the gardens at Butchart. Enjoy a few moments admiring the view before descending into a garden filled with flowers, trees, shrubs and lawns.

If you are visiting the gardens between June and August head to the beautiful rose garden and enjoy the sight and smell of hundreds of roses. Take a picture under the Rose Arch.

The Japanese garden features lush greenery and is a tranquil setting to enjoy a few moments before heading to the Star Pond. The Pond is surrounded by beautiful flowers and in the centre you can find the frog fountain.

The Italian and Mediterranean gardens are not to be missed and stunning plants and displays.

If you are visiting the gardens in winter the former residence of the Butchart family is opened for visitors. Each room tells the story of the family and the creation of the gardens from the former quarry. In the summer there is a display which gives an insight into the history of the gardens too but the house is not open for visitors.

In Spring don’t miss the Spring Prelude Garden which features daffodils and tulips intermingled with tropical plants and orchids.

 

The star pond at Butchart Gardens

 


WHEN IS THE FIREWORK DISPLAY AT BUTCHART GARDENS


The firework display is held every Saturday night during the summer months. These are very popular so if you plan to park at the gardens head there early to ensure you get a space. Take a blanket to sit on and make sure to get a seat on firework lawn before the show starts as it becomes very full!

I would suggest visiting the gardens, having something to eat (High Tea) then heading over to the Concert Lawn for some live entertainment before moving over to the Firework lawn prior to the show. The fireworks only start when it is dark which can be after 10 pm in the summer months so again check on the website for anticipated times.

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HOW MUCH IS ADMISSION TO BUTCHART GARDENS


I am sure you will enjoy your visit to Butchart Gardens whenever you go – it really has so much to offer during every season. It was  certainly one of the highlights of our trip to Vancouver Island and I highly recommend visiting even if it is on a day trip from Vancouver.

 

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