The Butchart Gardens are an absolutely beautiful 55 acre plot of colorful land made up of 5 gorgeous gardens and a few ponds and fountains. The gardens are on Vancouver Island in Canada’s British Columbia, just outside the historic city of Victoria.
My mom and I had a day in Victoria as part of our Seattle to Alaska cruise in May, and visiting the gardens was a perfect way to spend our excursion time! There’s an official Norwegian excursion to the gardens, but we have family there, so they drove us from Victoria’s port to the gardens and showed us around.
If you’re also coming from the cruise and want to visit without the excursion, it’s about a ~22 km or 40 minute drive so may be a pricey taxi (they didn’t have Lyft or Uber when we went). There are also some buses that go from downtown to the gardens, though it can take a little over an hour, so check the timetables before you go (here are sample directions from where our cruise dropped off). It costs about $29 to enter (the price fluctuates depending on the time of year you go). But, the experience is well worth it if you love manicured plants- there are at least 900 different types!
Don’t believe me? Check out some of my favorite pictures from our trip!
Note: All facts about the garden came from their official website. You can read more information and get tickets there: https://www.butchartgardens.com/
Note: After three hours of wandering (and a quick tea time break), we didn’t even make it to all of the gardens! These pictures are just of the Sunken Garden, the Japanese Garden, and the Italian Garden.
What do you think about the gardens? Do you think you’ll check it out during your Alaska cruise or when you’re in Victoria?