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Butchart Gardens

( Sightseeing / Gardens )

A Karen Brown Recommendation
800 Benvenuto Avenue
(14 mi. north of Victoria)
Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, BC V8M 1J8
Butchart Gardens

Even if you know don’t know a daffodil from a dahlia you will be impressed by Butchart Gardens in Brentwood Bay, less than a half hour north of Victoria. What started out, more than a hundred years ago, as Jennie Butchart’s ambitious project to beautify a limestone quarry near her home has grown to more than fifty acres of manicured gardens with 50 gardeners tending over a million plants. Allow two to three hours to wander through the Sunken Garden, Rose Garden, Italian Garden and Japanese Garden.

The historic Butchart family residence is now The Dining Room Restaurant. Traditional afternoon tea is served here as well as in the Italian Garden (reservations recommended). Seed from the gardens as well as a great variety of gifts are found at the gift shop. On summer nights the gardens are illuminated with twinkling lights. From June to September evening concerts are held. On Saturdays in July and August there are stunning fireworks displays. Around Christmas enjoy ice-skating on the outdoor rink. During the busiest times of the year consider going to see the gardens in the late afternoon or early evening and avoid the tour buses that bring crowds of people in the morning and early afternoon. If you do not have a car, you can take the No. 75 bus from downtown Victoria.

The Butchart Gardens is located on Vancouver Island, 23 km (14 mi) north of Victoria and 20 km (12.5 mi) south of the Swartz Bay ferry terminal.

From downtown Victoria, drivers should allow about 30 minutes:

  1. Head north on Blanshard Street. Blanshard Street becomes Hwy 17.
  2. Pass Elk Lake and go straight through a set of traffic lights.
  3. After the lights, move into the left, inside lane.
  4. Turn left at exit 18 off Hwy 17 onto Keating X Road.
  5. Continue along Keating X Road until it becomes Benvenuto Ave.
  6. Benvenuto Ave. leads directly into The Butchart Gardens.
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