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The Butchart Gardens

Victoria + Gulf Islands, British Columbia

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  • The Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island, B.C.- The Butchart Gardens
  • Visitor center and concession building near the entrance.- The Butchart Gardens
  • Interpretive signs are scattered around the gardens.- The Butchart Gardens
  • The Sunken Gardens used to be an old limestone quarry.- The Butchart Gardens
  • The Sunken Garden.- The Butchart Gardens
  • The history of the Butchart Gardens dates back to the early 1900s.- The Butchart Gardens
  • Lantana blooms in the Butchart Gardens.- The Butchart Gardens
  • Old mining equipment in the Sunken Garden.- The Butchart Gardens
  • A variety of plants in the Butchart Gardens.- The Butchart Gardens
  • The Sunken Garden.- The Butchart Gardens
  • Lacecap Hydrangeas in bloom in the Butchart Gardens.- The Butchart Gardens
  • The Rose Carousel in the Butchart Gardens.- The Butchart Gardens
  • The Rose Carousel.- The Butchart Gardens
  • Bright summer dahlia blooms in the gardens.- The Butchart Gardens
  • Totem pole carved by Tsartlip and Tsawout First Nations' artists.- The Butchart Gardens
  • Crocosmia blooms in the Butchart Gardens.- The Butchart Gardens
  • Maps are located throughout the gardens.- The Butchart Gardens
  • The gardens with a view of Tod Inlet in the distance.- The Butchart Gardens
  • The Butchart's family house is now used as a restaurant.- The Butchart Gardens
  • The Star Pond in the Butchart Gardens.- The Butchart Gardens
  • Summer blooms in the garden. - The Butchart Gardens
  • An impressive water display at the Butchart Gardens.- The Butchart Gardens
  • Japanese Garden in the Butchart Gardens.- The Butchart Gardens
  • Japanese Garden in the Butchart Gardens.- The Butchart Gardens
  • Japanese maple seeds.- The Butchart Gardens
  • Oxalis.- The Butchart Gardens
  • Fuschia.- The Butchart Gardens
  • Begonia.- The Butchart Gardens
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- The Butchart Gardens
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Beautiful flowers. Historical landmark.
Cons: 
Busy.
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Region:
Victoria + Gulf Islands, BC
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Other
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The Butchart Gardens have been in bloom for over 100 years. The area just north of Victoria on Vancouver Island was once a limestone quarry owned and mined by the Butchart family in the early 1900s. Once the quarry was depleted, the family transformed the barren pit into a beautiful garden.

Over time the gardens have expanded to over 900 varieties of plants from around the world. Other features such as pounds, water fountains, sculptures, a carousel, as well as summer concerts, fireworks and winter Christmas lights have all added to the vast beauty of the gardens. Every season has something unique to offer.

In 2004 the Butchart Gardens were designated a National Historic Site of Canada. The family-owned gardens have been handed down over generations and continue to delight and inspire visitors from around the world.

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