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Butchart Gardens in Victoria, BC

Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens is one of the most beautiful public gardens on the planet, and a best place to visit when in Victoria, especially if you love flowers.

 

World-Famous Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens is a world-famous tourist attraction in Victoria, the very English-influenced capital city of British Columbia on Vancouver Island. Designated a National Historic Site of Canada, the 55 acres of stunning gardens attract over a million visitors each year.

If you ever travel to Victoria, you’ll definitely want to visit Butchart. The place is highly recommended.

 

Butchart Gardens
Sunken Garden at Butchart Gardens

 

Where is Butchart Gardens?

The attraction is located at 800 Benvenuto Avenue in Brentwood Bay, which is about halfway between the Swartz Bay ferry terminal and downtown Victoria on Vancouver Island. It’s about a 30-minute drive in either direction.

 

Best Times to Visit

The two best times to visit Butchart Gardens are (1) evenings in December when the place is lit up with millions of festive Christmas lights and (2) on Saturday evenings in July and August when Butchart hosts its world-famous fireworks displays.

TIP: If you decide to go during either of those times, go at least an hour before it starts to get dark. This allows you to enjoy the gardens during the daylight hours before then staying for the evening illuminations.

 

Butchart Gardens Pyrotechnics

 

Other best times to visit Butchart Gardens include the following:

  • Any time between late March and mid-November. (In the late fall and winter season there aren’t a lot of flowers, which is reflected in the lower admission rates.)
  • From mid-April until mid-May, when the spring flowers are at their best.
  • In July and August when the gardens offer outdoor evening concerts, most of which are free with general admission.
  • When there’s a major summer concert, like in 2019 when Serena Ryder performed. The performance is included in your general admission for that day.
  • In the evenings between June 15 and September 15 when the gardens are lit up at dusk.
  • On sunny days – the place is especially spectacular when there is sunshine and bright blue skies, although that’s also when the largest crowds gather.

For more information on why the summer is such a great time to visit, check out Butchart Gardens in the Summer.

 

Entrance at Butchart Gardens

 

Admission at Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens isn’t cheap, but if you like flowers it’s definitely worth the cost. The City of Victoria is a world-class tourist destination and the gardens are the highlight for many visitors.

Prices range from about $18 to over $30 for adults depending on the time of year, with winter being the least expensive time (when there are few flowers and lots of trees without their leaves) and summer being the priciest. Youth aged 13 to 17 are about half price and children aged 5 to 12 are only a couple of dollars (which is an amazing deal).

Below are the listed prices (excluding taxes) from current years. (Note: Rates and other details are subject to change.)

 

Prices in Spring 2021

April 1st to June 14th

  • Adults (18+) – $33
  • Youth (13–17) – $16.50
  • Children (5–12) – $2.00

 

Prices in Summer 2021

June 15th to September 30th

  • Adults (18+) – $36
  • Youth (13–17) – $18
  • Children (5–12) – $3.00

October 1st – 31st rates:
Adult (18+) $31.00, Youth (13-17) $15.50, Child (5-12) $2.00, including tax.

 

Prices in Fall 2021

October 1st to October 31st

  • Adults (18+) – $31.00
  • Youth (13–17) – $15.50
  • Children (5–12) – $2.00
  • Price per person for groups of 25+ people – $26.19

 

Prices in Fall 2020

November 1st to November 31st

  • Adults (18+) – $22.65
  • Youth (13–17) – $11.35
  • Children (5–12) – $2.00
  • Price per person for groups of 25+ people – $20.39

 

Prices in Winter 2020

January 15th to March 31st

  • Adults (18+) – $25.85
  • Youth (13–17) – $12.95
  • Children (5–12) – $2.00
  • Price per person for groups of 25+ people – $23.27

 

Prices at Butchart During Christmas Season 2020/21

December 1st, 2020 to January 6th, 2021

  • Adults (18+) – $28.80
  • Youth (13–17) – $14.40
  • Children (5–12) – $3.00
  • Price per person for groups of 25+ people – $25.92

 

Annual Passes

Butcharts Annual PassIf you plan to visit Butchart Gardens more than a couple of times, then get an annual pass. They cost about $63.65 for adults, $31.85 for youth and $6.00 for children, with kids under 5 being free.

Annual passes are good 365 days of the year, although fireworks nights and special events cost extra. For people who live in Victoria or plan to be there fairly frequently, the annual pass is without a doubt the best deal in town!

 

Butchart’s Hours of Operation

The Gardens are open at 9 am every day of the year, except for Christmas when it opens at 1 pm (to give staff time to open their stockings). Closing times are 9 or 10 pm in the busy summer and Christmas seasons and between 3:30 and 5 pm in the spring, fall and winter.

 

Entrance Path at Butchart Gardens

 

What You’ll Find at Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens comprises 22 hectares of beautiful gardens, hundreds of thousands of colourful and fragrant flowers, attractive fountains, a selection of bronze statues, a first-class restaurant and unbelievable views. Even the gift shop is impressive! Butchart is a flower lover’s paradise and a photographer’s dream playground.

Botanical highlights include its Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, Italian Garden and, most especially, its world-famous Sunken Garden. Check out Butchart Gardens Highlights for details on each of these specific areas.

The gardens are lit up with spectacular Christmas lights in December. In the summer there are nightly concerts and Saturday evening fireworks. From late March until October there are millions of colourful blooming flowers. Also, there are spectacular autumn leaves in the fall.

 

Butcharts Sunken Garden in Summer

 

Butchart Gardens in Summer

Summertime is an amazing time to visit Butchart Gardens, as the place gets lit up every night with spectacular illuminations. With outdoor evening concerts on offer and firework celebrations on about 10 different Saturdays, it’s a fantastic experience.

For more details on what makes July and August two of the best months to visit Butchart, check out Butchart Gardens in the Summer.

 

Butcharts Fireworks
Summer Fireworks at Butchart Gardens

 

Butchart at Christmas

A spectacular time to visit the attraction is in the evening during the Christmas season. From the first of December until the beginning of January, Butchart Gardens celebrates its world-famous Magic of Christmas.

During this period there is outdoor ice skating, carolling and the most amazing Christmas light displays illuminating the property. If you really want to get into the holiday spirit, visit Magic of Christmas on an evening in December. The sights, sounds and smells will even make Scrooge and the Grinch feel merry and festive.

 

Butcharts Sunken Garden at Christmas

 

Other Butchart Information

Below is additional information about smoking policies, dogs and accessibility at the venue.

 

No Smoking Garden

Butchart Gardens is a smoke-free environment. If you need to have a cigarette, cigar or puff on your pipe, there is a designated smoking area by the parking lot.

 

Dogs Welcome (on Leash)

Dogs are welcome at Butchart Gardens, but must be kept on a leash and cleaned up after. The one-time dogs are not welcome is during the fireworks displays, when pets likely won’t appreciate being around the noise anyway.

 

Accessibility

The venue is wheelchair accessible. People in wheelchairs can’t get absolutely everywhere, but they can get most places.

 

Pink Rose at Butchart Gardens

 

Other Information

To learn more about the attraction, check out the official Butchart Gardens website.

For more information on Butchart’s summertime activities, including its Saturday evening fireworks, nightly concerts and daily illuminations at night, click Butchart Gardens in Summer.

For photos and further information on the various different gardens at the attraction, check out Butchart Gardens Highlights. And for information about the attraction in December, check out  Butchart Garden’s Magic of Christmas.

If you are ever in the City of Vancouver, a garden to check out that is similar to the Sunken Garden at Butcharts is at Queen Elizabeth Park. Quarry Gardens at the Vancouver park are free to explore and they are also on the site of a former quarry. Another famous place in Vancouver is VanDusen Gardens for which there is a charge for admission.