The Butchart Gardens
The beautiful Butchart Gardens boasts fifty-five acres of wonderful floral display, offering spectacular views as you stroll along meandering paths and expansive lawns. Founded by Mrs. Jennie Butchart, who began work on the site in 1904, the gardens have a rich history and continue to inspire and amaze visitors of all ages. The Butchart Gardens remains a family business and has grown to become a premier display garden, while maintaining the gracious traditions of the past. It is a must-see as a day trip from Vancouver, or on an overnight get-away to Vancouver Island.
Each year over 1,000,000 bedding plants in some 700 varieties are used throughout The Gardens to ensure uninterrupted bloom from March through October. Close to a million people visit each year, enjoying not only the floral beauty, but the entertainment and lighting displays presented each summer and Christmas. The best time to visit depends on your areas of interest – but there is cerstainly something for everyone, all year round.View Map
Robert Pim Butchart, a pioneer in the thriving North American cement industry, was attracted from Owen Sound, Ontario to Canada’s West Coast by rich limestone deposits. In 1904, he developed a quarry and built a cement plant at Tod Inlet (on Vancouver Island) to satisfy Portland cement demand from San Francisco to Victoria. Jennie Butchart became the company’s chemist. Close to the quarry, the Butcharts established the family home complete with sweet peas and rose bushes.
As Mr. Butchart exhausted limestone deposits, his enterprising wife Jennie, made plans to create something of beauty in the gigantic exhausted pit. From farmland nearby, she had tonnes of top soil brought in by horse and cart and used it to line the floor of the abandoned quarry. Little by little, the quarry blossomed into the spectacular Sunken Garden.
V8M 1J8, Victoria, Canada.
The Butchart Gardens are in Greater Victoria on Vancouver Island, 23 km (14 miles) north of Victoria.
It’s a 30-minute drive from Victoria if you’re driving. Buses run to Butchart Gardens from downtown Victoria, as well as from the Swartz Bay ferry terminal.
Public transit and shuttle buses available from Victoria's Inner Harbour.
SPRING: March 16th - June 14th
SUMMER: June 15th — September 30th
AUTUMN: October 1st — November 30th
The Magic of Christmas: December 1st – January 6th
Public buses and shuttles available from Victoria's Inner Harbour.
Only motorized or standard wheelchairs are permitted. Due to the design and layout of the gardens, we are unable to accommodate Segways. Attendant-assist washrooms are available.
You can create a fantastic child’s birthday party with almost no work. Make your party a success with our Rose Carousel, the private party room, kid-approved menu and a personalized birthday cake.
Weddings, Events, Birthdays, Corporate Social Evetns, Group Food Services.
If you want your group to experience a Garden Barbecue and dine alfresco under tents, the expansive Firework lawn is a great location. It’s available except for Firework Saturdays. Our Food Services Planning Guide has complete details.
There are fireworks in the summer time on Saturday and night illuminations from end of June until September. Because the gardens are open late every night in the summer, you can come early enough to see them in the daytime, and then view them at night.
There is entertainment most evenings (at no extra cost), and then you can see the night illuminations. Best times to visit in summer are before 11am, or after 1:30pm.