The Butchart Gardens

Guided Tour Highlight

  • Pathway through Butchart GardensCredit: Butchart Gardens
  • Flowers and bench in the Japanese Garden at Butchart GardensCredit: Butchart Gardens
  • Gazebo and Bench in the Butchart GardensCredit: Butchart Gardens
  • Paths and flowers in the sunken garden at Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island.Credit: Butchart Gardens
  • Flowers in front of the fountain at Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island.Credit: Butchart Gardens
  • Orange and white tulips surround the fountains and lawns at Butchart GardensCredit: Butchart Gardens

This Vancouver Island treasure is the highlight of our Victoria + Butchart Gardens Tour. It showcases 22 breathtaking hectares (55 acres) of meticulously manicured, 100+ year old gardens. 300,000 bulbs bloom every spring. Gaze and meander through the trails including the Sunken Garden, Japanese Garden, prize-winning Rose Garden, and more. From greenhouse tours and guided walks, to fountains and a children’s carrousel, it’s an unforgettable experience that’s as multi-dimensional as it is magical.

Experience Butchart Gardens as part of these tour(s):

  • Victoria + Butchart Gardens Winter Tour   READ MORE
  • Victoria + Butchart Gardens Spring/Fall Tour   READ MORE
  • Victoria + Butchart Gardens Summer Tour   READ MORE
  • Hop-On in Vancouver + Tour Victoria – 2 Day Bundle   READ MORE
  • Explore Victoria, Whistler + Vancouver 4 Day Bundle   READ MORE

We’ve compiled a list of our most common questions and some fun facts. Still have questions? We can help! Give us a call at 604-451-1600.

Where are the Butchart Gardens located?
When is the best time to see the Gardens?
Are the Butchart Gardens wheelchair accessible?

See our General FAQ.

Did you know?

    • In 1904, the Butchart Gardens started as a rich, limestone quarry. After the quarry was exhausted, Jennie Butchart turned the pit into the Sunken Garden.
    • In 2004, the Gardens celebrated its 100th anniversary and was designated a National Historic Site of Canada.
    • The National Geographic book Four Seasons of Travel named Butchart Gardens in the Top Ten Magnificent Gardens.
    • The Butchart Gardens ranked #3 in USA Today’s 10 best public gardens in North America.

How to get to The Butchart Gardens from Vancouver

Located in Brentwood Bay, they are about half way between Swartz Bay and Victoria on Vancouver Island. The scenic 90min cruise to Swartz Bay on BC Ferries is an experience in itself. Keep an eye out for seals, porpoises or even whales on the way.

Make the most of your trip by taking the our Victoria + Butchart Gardens Tour. This day trip departs regularly from Vancouver, with a local guide showing you the best that Victoria Island has to offer.

How to get to The Butchart Gardens from Victoria

They are around a 30 minute drive north-west of Downtown Victoria, or stop and smell the flowers on the Marine Scenic Drive.

Prefer pedel-power? The 20km(12.5 mile) Cycle Route will take you along the scenic [Galloping Goose Trail and the Interurban Trail.