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Victoria is truly the 'City of Gardens'. With Victoria's mild climate, gardening is a year round passion which has resulted in an abundant array of gardens world renowned for their beauty and individual charm.
The garden offers an escape from the rush of modern life. Created in 1946 by Prince and Princess Abkhazi, it is a heritage garden famous for its majestic trees and dramatic site. As a dynamic and evolving garden, new plantings pay respect to the Abkhazi's original vision but welcome guests from around the world.
Beacon Hill Park
Beacon Hill Park is located along the south shore of Victoria, British Columbia and along the Juan de Fuca Strait. It has been a park belonging to the city of Victoria since 1882. A trust was then established for the 62-acre (24.8-hectare) site. Beacon Hill Park was originally called Meeacan (the Salish name for belly) by the First Nations people because from a distance, it looked like the belly of a large man lying on his back
The Butchart Gardens, tucked into a serene 50-acre country estate just north of Victoria, is a garden paradise in every season. From summer splendour to autumn's golden glory and sparkling holiday magic - there's always something to see, learn and experience.
Over 2000 exotic butterflies flying freely in a tropical garden. Tropical plants, flowers and a variety of wild birds, throughout the lush gardens. Observe caterpillar eggs, and pupae hidden among the plants.
Finnerty Gardens at the University of Victoria
Finnerty Gardens at the University of Victoria contain a major collection of rhododendrons, as well as many other varieties of plants. The gardens are always interesting, but the months of April and May are the peak blooming season and the best time to visit. Open to the public every day during daylight hours.
Government House Gardens
Home to the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. Over 27 beautiful gardens ranging from a English Country Garden, a formal Victorian Rose Garden to a Woodlands Garden, BC plants are conserved.
This 565 acre Edwardian estate is Canada's largest and most diverse National Historic Site. At the centre is a magnificent castle built in 1908 by former British Columbia Premier and coal baron, James Dunsmuir. Open Year round, with daily tours of Hatley Castle, museum, Japanese, Italian and Rose Gardens.
Horticulture College of the Pacific (Glendale Gardens)
Over five acres of gardens on a 103 acre site in Saanich, just outside Victoria, BC. These lovely gardens are set in a conservation park with nature trails, wetlands and bird watching sites. Victoria's mild pacific winters allow for year round gardening.
Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary
Two distinct areas the marshy lowlands surrounding Swan Lake with 2.5- kilometre loop trail and the oak forested highlands of Christmas Hill.