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GUIDED TOUR

Victoria
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Butchart Gardens
Christmas

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Plan for 12 hr(s)

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About This Tour

Victoria + Butchart Gardens Christmas Tour

Another of our popular holiday season excursions actually sails you to Vancouver Island to our charming capital city of Victoria. The Victoria + Butchart Gardens Christmas Tour begins with a 90-minute cruise with BC Ferries, voyaging through the Juan de Fuca Strait and the Gulf Islands. Enjoy the journey from the warmth of the indoor cabin, or bundle up and take it all in from the outdoor viewing deck. Upon arriving in Victoria you will be awed by a city awash in the Christmas spirit, lights adorning everything from the Fairmont Empress, the Parliament Buildings, and even boats lining the Victoria Inner Harbour. We will then guide you along to the Butchart Gardens for their stunning Magic of Christmas Tour where thousands of glittering lights decorate the gardens. You will be greeted by traditional carolers, stroll pathways of festive poisettias, dainty snowdrops and through the Twelve Days of Christmas displays. Even Ebenezer Scrooge wouldn’t be able to resist the holiday spirit at the Butchart Gardens.

EXPLORATION STOPS

Next stop: Adventure! Step off the bus, stretch your legs, and explore at your own pace. We've created our itinerary to give you the perfect amount of time at each unforgettable stop! Not sure where to start? Our guides are always happy to show you their favourite hidden gems!

The Butchart Gardens - Christmas

There is so much happening at the Butchart Gardens over the winter holidays that the Magic of Christmas has been dubbed by locals as the 5th season. You will be delighted as the grounds are lit by tens of thousands of dazzlying lights, accompanied by festive carollers and a traditional brass band. Adults and kids alike will enjoy riding the carousel and skating on the outdoor ice rink, and everyone will want to warm up with a sweet cup of hot chocolate.

Victoria Inner Harbour

Ahh, Victoria. A beautiful, oceanside city that combines rich history, stunning natural beauty, and a wide breadth of culture that will melt your stresses away. Become aquainted with a drive through the inner city along Government Street and North America's second oldest Chinatown. Stretch your legs on the boardwalk at Victoria's Inner Harbour under the majestic Parliament Buildings and the Empress Hotel. If the timing is right you could be rewarded with one of the many festivals hosted at the Inner Harbour, or dazzled during the Christmas season by the thousands of lights that shine to celebrate the holidays.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Each of our tours shine a spotlight on the region's most iconic landmarks, neighbourhoods, and culture — all with live narration from our expert guides. Don't forget your camera! Our oversized, tinted windows are designed for sightseeing so you won’t miss a thing!

BC Ferries

A floating kaleidoscope of breathtaking scenery, BC Ferries delivers 90 minutes of “wow” to and from Vancouver Island on our Victoria + Butchart Gardens tours. Take a seat and enjoy the voyage across Juan de Fuca Strait and through the Gulf Islands. Or step outside for a closer look and some fresh, salty sea air. Don’t be surprised if you see seals and maybe even a private porpoise or whale show. Onboard amenities include a self-serve restaurant and kid’s entertainment area.
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Frequently Asked Questions

How much time will we spend at Butchart Gardens?
You will have approximately 1.5-2 hours of free time in the Butchart Gardens depending on the departure time, with the 8:30 departure offering the most time at the gardens.
How much free time will we have in Victoria?
Depending on the season, during the Spring and Summer tour guest will have approximately 2-2.5 hours of free time. During the Winter season, guests will have approximately 1.5 hours of free time in Victoria.
What can I do during my free time in Victoria?
Enjoy the quaint charm of the shops, cafes, restaurants, and galleries that fill Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Sip a festive afternoon tea at the historic Fairmont Empress Hotel or explore the spectacular provincial parliament buildings. Ask your Guide for recommendations to help you create your perfect day in Victoria.
What can I see at the Victoria Inner Harbour?
Explore the BC Parliament buildings, the wall of Provincial Shields and Coats of Armor, the historic Fairmont Empress Hotel, the Royal BC Museum, or simply watch the incoming ships!
When is the best time to see the Gardens?
Each season has its own charm! From flowering bulbs and shrubs in the Spring and Summer to the red and gold maples in the Autumn. In the Winter, you’ll find snowdrops, witch hazel and even an indoor garden!
Are the Butchart Gardens wheelchair accessible?
Yes, all public areas are wheelchair accessible with the exception of a viewpoint area within the Sunken Garden known as “The Mound.”
How long will we spend on BC Ferries?
It takes about 90 minutes on the BC Ferries to reach Vancouver Island from the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal. Onboard amenities include a self-serve restaurant, kid’s entertainment area and washrooms.
Is there food on the ferry?
Yes, you can purchase food at the onboard café and full buffet.
What is your cancellation policy?
Changes or cancellations can be made anytime before 8:00 pm the night before your scheduled tour, unless otherwise specified. After that time, all bookings will be considered non-refundable. Please note that no shows or missed departures will not be refunded
Do you offer tours in my language?
Our guided tours are conducted entirely in English; however, our Hop-On, Hop Off tours offer recorded commentary in English, French, Spanish, German, Korean, Japanese and Mandarin.
What should I bring on the tour?
Camera or video camera Water bottle Comfortable walking shoes Comfortable clothing for the weather Umbrella for rain or shade
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather depending on the season. Check the weather prior to arrival into Vancouver. Bring an umbrella or rain jacket just in case of inclement weather.
Are the tours canceled if it rains?
Absolutely not! Vancouver is well-known for its rainy weather and our tours run rain or shine. Don’t forget to bring along an umbrella!
Are the tours wheelchair accessible?
For our Guided Tours, we do offer wheelchair buses that are available on request. Please note that our lifts are only able to accommodate manual wheelchairs. If you require a wheelchair accessible bus, please call 604-451-1600 to request availability.For our Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour, we can only accommodate fold-able wheelchairs. Guests on our Hop-On. Hop-Off Tour will have to climb the steps of the bus to a seat. No wheelchair specific buses are available on our Hop-On. Hop-Off Tour.
Do you allow pets on the bus?
With the exception of registered service dogs, no pets are allowed on board.