Butchart Gardens is one of Victoria's most famous and popular attractions! Located approximately 35 minutes from downtown Victoria, the gardens features over 55 acres of meticulously manicured grounds. Begun in 1904 as an effort to restore a worked-out quarry site, the gardens has since been delighting visitors from all around the world. During the drive to the gardens, you will get an orientation of what to see and do. Upon arrival, you can set out on your own self-guided itinerary at your own pace.
As you make your way around the gardens, you'll walk through intimate stone paths and streams lined with colorful arrays of flowers and trees. The gardens adjusts their floral displays to suit the season so it is just as spectacular in spring and fall as it is in summer. The Butchart Gardens has been designed to please the eye and generally delight the senses. Admire the pale green of emerging leaves in spring, complemented by brilliant pink or white flowers of trees, the dazzling bedding plants framed in by sweeping lawns, and enjoy a waft of a thousand scents of summer.
Found this was the easiest and most cost effective option to see Butchart Gardens. Transportation was very prompt, tour guide/driver was informative and helpful, and I liked that we got dropped off downtown with a shuttle bus included to take us back to the port. It was a perfect day in Victoria.
Reviewer: Sharon Nolan
This is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been! A little delayed getting off the ship, but found the meeting point quickly and they loaded us up quickly and we were off. Not a large group so we got there before the rest of the masses. Got about 80 minutes garden time and at first I felt rushed, but really did get to see all of it. Didn't get to shop much in the gift shop and wished I had later as the prices were very reasonable (after converted to dollars) However this was a wonderful tour and our guide offered us the opportunity to be dropped off in town and to walk back to the ship (about a 20 minute walk) or not. We opted to go back to the ship and walk the sea wall out to the little lighthouse for a ship photo op. It was a gorgeous day. Would totally book this tour again!!
Reviewer: Donald Lain
We chose this tour through CVS since it gave us the flexibility to return to the ship at different times in the afternoon. We had been to the gardens in the past on a ship sponsored tour and knew the major complaint was not enough time. We arrived a little after 9am and had the option to leave around noon, 1 pm, 2 pm or 3 pm. That was perfect and the bus trip and verbal tour on the way was great.
Reviewer: Linda Prather
Gardens were beautiful. However, way too crowded
Lovely venue. Thoroughly enjoyed it