You always hear how beautiful this place is and how many people who have been there recommend it. Well, I need to reinforce that! I never really cared about going because I wasn’t into seeing flowers when I was younger, so I didn’t appreciate this place.
Obviously when I matured, I realized I missed out on seeing a Canadian National treasure, if not an American (North America) gem that was in my backyard (when I lived in Seattle).
My wife has been planning to see this and we wanted to do it as a whole family (with her sister and brother). After planning a weekend trip, we went there via BC Ferries (the only way I think).
Summer in the Butchart Gardens is probably the best time. But they do have some months in autumn too.
Parking was plentiful (at least when we arrived) and there were umbrellas available (if it was raining) to use.
We walked to the entrance and paid the fees:
- Adult – $33.80
- Children 5 – 12 yrs old -$3.00 (which is our kids)
The Sunken Garden was my favorite. Just the history in it and the layout.
The Japanese garden was pretty cool because there were Torii Gates around and within a ton of trees, so it kept the area cool and shaded. Small bridges and stone walkways on water.
I can’t recommended this place enough. If you are in Victoria, this is the main attraction.