The Butchart Gardens
The Butchart Gardens
4.5
Points of Interest & LandmarksGardensScenic Walking Areas
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
About
Come enjoy our breathtaking 22 ha (55 acres) of gardens year around. In Spring, countless tulips, daffodils and hyacinths will give you a buffet of fragrances and colours. You’ll be saying “wow” when you experience our Summer: The Rose Garden, evening entertainment, subtle night illuminations, the Saturday firework show, and boat tours to name a few of the delights. Perennial borders start their stunning show in late summer, and the Japanese maples turn to russet, gold, and red in the fall. Be captivated by the Magic of Christmas with its decorations, expansive lighting and outdoor ice skating rink. Top off the day with a ride on the carousel and a great meal. Come see why we’ve been designated a National Historic Site.
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  • eur0star
    450 contributions
    Another great visit, probably our last
    We are two seniors that have visited these gardens for decades. Last week we visited for maybe the last time. As always we score this site 5 stars. What is there not to like? The grounds are stunningly beautiful. The colors, shapes and forms please the eye and the heart. You can find privacy if you wish or walk in a crowd and share your experience. No matter the season there is always something blooming. In two hours I never saw a weed. Nothing is out of place. Whether it the the sunken garden or the Japanese Garden you are amazed at the design and the execution of the design. There is a nice restaurant and a great gift shop two. We accidentally were booked into "high tea." This is mostly an event enjoyed by ladies. There were a few gentlemen participating but their comfort level seemed to be a bit less than that of their lady companions. I enjoyed my time and my wife enjoyed watching her 6-6 man eat tiny portions of sandwiches and sweets and try to hold a fragile tea cup with my monster fingers! Oh well, it was her birthday, not mine. If you have not been Buchart Gardens are a "must do" when in Victoria. If you have been before, come back. The beauty here never diminishes with time. It only strengthens.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 21, 2023
  • puckstopper31
    Edmonton, Canada753 contributions
    Still incredible.
    Haven’t been here since the 70s then 80s. Though things are not all in bloom in March the mere ambiance and aromas of the ones that are will give you such a lifted feeling. The serenity of the whole place to perfectly groomed gardens ..just awesome. And hats off to the parking arrangements..very well thought out and directed.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 22, 2023
  • Bob C
    Calgary, Canada12 contributions
    Beautiful Anytime of Year
    We spent about 4 hours touring the garden areas. The gardens were so beautiful and different from each other. I was initially a bit concerned about visiting in late March, but there were still a lot of flowers in bloom and some that wouldn’t if you arrived in late April or early May like the daffodils and crocuses. We had High Tea in the Dining Room seated at a garden window table…absolutely stunning. The selections were delicious along with our teas. We took the transit and it was so easy and relaxing just to sit back and enjoy the scenery along the way. Highly recommend going to the gardens!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 29, 2023
  • Angel Yeung
    Calgary, Canada101 contributions
    Nice garden
    It was a nice garden for our visit. We would love to visit it again. After we got off the BC Ferry, we hopped on the #81 bus to the Butchart Garden. We purchased the bus day passes on the bus, the bus driver was very nice and friendly. The food items were a bit pricey in there, $7+ for 2 coffee. The salad portion was pretty small for $13+. We only bought 2 coffees. You can easily catch the #75 from the Butchart Garden to Victoria downtown.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 2, 2023
  • Laura P
    Italy7 contributions
    Worth the price
    Wonderful . The gardens are incredibly well kept and it was great to stroll around even if the weather did not help much (but at least it didn't rain). The price is all worth. The food at one of the restaurant was nice. The shops on the contrary have overpriced items (we found the same stuff in vancouver for 40% less)
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 30, 2023
  • Jacko'sWife
    Alberta, Canada46 contributions
    Lots of Tulips
    Lovely place for a stroll some beautiful trees and shrubs. Remember the flowers change with the seasons, so if you're hoping to see roses in May you won't. If I lived in the area I would for sure buy a season pass
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 9, 2023
  • Catherine H
    39 contributions
    A joy to experience the ever changing garden
    We were blessed to enjoy a later May day with perfect weather & not excessive crowds. Butchart gardens represent the Butchart family heritage across multiple generations - still owned by a great granddaughter of the original owners. The teams of skillful gardeners & workers there create wonderful displays that include some rare specimens - we saw the rare blue poppies in full bloom. It is worth repeated trips during various seasons to get the fuller experience of the seasonality of the setting. Quality food available for purchase, immaculately kept facility & tasteful gift chops add to the experience. Truly one of the top gardens in the world that the public can visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 28, 2023
  • KarenK65
    Winnipeg, Canada89 contributions
    Beautiful Gardens
    The gardens are a must see when you visit Victoria. I took a shuttle with CVS sightseeing that I booked online, it was 50.00 and when I got there I saw that BC transit bus goes there, I would take the bus. I walked around about 90% of the gardens and it took roughly 1.5 hours. Lots of the flowers were just being planted but still beautiful. Go first thing in the morning no crowds.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written June 1, 2023
  • Ola F
    Ottawa, Canada34 contributions
    Dog friendly pretty pricey
    Great half day activity! LOVED that it was dog friendly! Easy walking around. Only 4/5 stars because it really isn’t that big and the day pass price is steep for a group. If you’re camping in the area with a dog it’s a perfect add on. Great to picnic at. Beautiful gardens!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 4, 2023
  • Kelvin
    Dunedin, New Zealand574 contributions
    Very well done.
    Although I am no garden fan and went because my wife is, this was a very impressive place to see and experience. The gardens are immaculate, extremely well maintained and expansive. The entire place is easily accessible and even though it was very busy when we were there, it did not impact on the quality of the visit. Highly recommended, even if gardens are not really your thing……..
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 11, 2023
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Stephen & Sue
Canberra, Australia2,488 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Butchart Gardens is the number one tourist attraction in Victoria – every coach or cruise will include a visit here as part of the package, and it doesn’t disappoint.
The Gardens are stunning, and spread out over a huge area, so even on days when the car park is full you don’t feel hemmed in.
And the pictures you see, as good as they are, still don’t do it justice.
The attention to detail is superb, even the carparks are landscaped and attractive, and the maps and signage are first rate.
It’s a little out of town – 20-30 minutes drive, so, you will need your own car or a tour, but if you’re in Victoria without transport there are multiple tours and a regular shuttle just waiting right out the front of the Fairmont.
An absolute must see.
Written January 13, 2024
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Odyseey
New York City, NY53 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
We came here just before the Winter Christmas Light ended it was a great experience even though we were at a garden with no flowers to be seen
Written January 4, 2024
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Marc W
Weymouth, UK1,396 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
You can't visit Vancouver Island and not visit here.

We were aiming to see the fall colours and we were not disappointed!

Even tho it was a bit showery when we visited it didn't matter as firstly there's free umbrellas to use and secondly the grounds look just as amazing in the rain as they would on a sunny day.

The amount of work that must go into keeping the grounds looking so good is amazing!
Written January 3, 2024
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wjalbe948220
100 Mile House, Canada2 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
The entire place was lit for Christmas. Beautifully done. We found all the 12 days of Christmas displays.
Written December 21, 2023
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364AlanC
Vancouver, WA42 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Not sure why I am even writing this.I have visited here many times and it was always world class.We came for Christmas Tea and to see the lights.Service was fantastic and the gardens were absolutely flawless.
Written December 15, 2023
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RobertMJThompson
Victoria, Canada749 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
We have had year long passes for this place where you can spend an hour or a day. There are options for restaurant dining (too bad self-picnicking isn't allowed but there are benches near the parking lot). Any season you'll find peace, views and wonder as you amble about the various sections of the park. We went for the christmas light up and tried to find the 12 days of Christmas characters. Using lasers/floodlights and individual bulbs by the thousands, it truly is a west coast winter wonderland. Free parking, It's expensive for a family, but the season pass has good value.
Written December 5, 2023
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Treker650
Kaysville, UT162 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
We enjoyed tea service, which was my first, and had a lovely time. The gardens were gorgeous and well worth the trip and admission price. Staff was helpful and courteous.
Written November 21, 2023
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mariavoyer
Boca Raton, FL46 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
I visited Butchart Gardens in the Fall. I loved this gardens so much I cannot begin to find words to describe what I saw. The Japanese Garden was at it's peak during the Fall and it was magical... so beautiful with the fall colors. The Sunken garden was just unbelievable, so beautiful, with all the colors you can think of, flowers, trees, lakes, just magical!!! The only thing I was not too happy about is that the Rose garden was not in bloom. I cannot wait to visit these gardens again in the spring.
Written November 8, 2023
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Stewarts Vacation
1,035 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
These gardens are a must-visit! They are absolutely stunning in layout, variety, plant species and colour! There is a map with arrows indicating a suggested route, as well as a best route to avoid stairs. If time does not allow you to view all of the garden areas, make sure to see the Sunken Garden!
Plants are unlabelled to keep the feel of a private garden, however, a detailed "Flower and Plant Guide" is provided, should you wish to identify popular flowers and plants. Wear walking shoes as the gardens are extensive, especially if you want to see them all, right across to Butchart Cove.
There are a number of amenities available - toilets, coffee shop, Gelateria, Restaurants, visitor centre and gift store.
Written November 7, 2023
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Connector721503
Santa Rosa Beach, FL21 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
The gardens were spectacular with brilliant fall colors that stained the water features scarlet. . .It is a delightful walking destination although some areas would not be handicap accessible. When we came around the corner and caught the first glimpse of the quarry gardens we were literally speechless. And the water fountain was mesmerizing.
Even in the fall the colors and blooms were amazing. There were many visitors and sometimes it was difficult to take photos of certain vistas, but it was all worth it. As we left after touring the lovely but somewhat predictable inventory of the gift shop, several deer ambled through the parking lot, as if to add to the natural beauty of this pristine attraction.
Written November 5, 2023
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