Butchart Gardens is really too lovely to pass up if you are visiting Vancouver Island. You will read reviews talking about the high prices and they are right...this is not an inexpensive visit. But here's what you get. Well organized and painstakingly maintained facilities right down to the admissions, parking, and services, on top of the most beautiful gardens I have ever seen including many in Europe. The variety of plants, colours, layout, and upkeep are all admirable. On our visit nothing was out of place, or incomplete and the gardeners were almost invisible. The background story and history of the place add greatly to the visit and there is enough there to spend the whole day. (So you get you money's worth) Your kids will love the carousel and even your dog can enjoy the walk. There is a lovely gift shop, a restaurant, a gelatoria, and a plant identification stop. Everything has been done right in our opinion.
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