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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 Butcharts. 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) in the 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 Butcharts hosts its world-famous fireworks displays.

TIP: At either of these above two times, go at least an hour before it starts to get dark so you can enjoy the gardens in the light, and then stay 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 2015 when Jann Arden performed, as did Spirit of the West. Unless you have an annual pass, admission these days is no more than a regular 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 there will be the largest crowds.

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 for many visitors the gardens are the highlight of their stay.

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

Below are the listed prices (excluding taxes) from the fall of 2018 until the summer of 2018. (Note: Rates and other details are subject to change.)

Butchart Prices in AUTUMN 2019

October 1st to October 31st

  • Adults (18+) – $28.25
  • Youth (13–17) – $14.15
  • Children (5–12) – $2.00
  • Price per person for groups of 25+ people – $25.43

November 1st to November 30th

  • Adults (18+) – $21.50
  • Youth (13–17) – $11.00
  • Children (5–12) – $2.00
  • Price per person for groups of 25+ people – $19.35

CHRISTMAS Prices at Butcharts in 2019/20

December 1st to January 6th

  • Adults (18+) – $27.95
  • Youth (13–17) – $14.00
  • Children (5–12) – $3.00
  • Price per person for groups of 25+ people – $25.16

WINTER Prices at Butcharts in 2020

January 7th to January 14th

  • Adults (18+) – $19.35
  • Youth (13–17) – $9.70
  • Children (5–12) – $2.00
  • Price per person for groups of 25+ people – $17.42

January 15th to March 31st, 2019

  • Adults (18+) – $25.85
  • Youth (13–17) – $12.95
  • Children (5–12) – $2.00
  • Price per person for groups of 25+ people – $22.59

SPRING at Butcharts in 2020

April 1st to June 14th 2019

  • Adults (18+) – $31.45
  • Youth (13–17) – $15.75
  • Children (5–12) – $2.00
  • Price per person for groups of 25+ people – $28.31

SUMMER at Butcharts in 2019

June 15th to September 30th 2019

  • Adults (18+) – $33.80
  • Youth (13–17) – $16.90
  • Children (5–12) – $3.00
  • Price per person for groups of 25+ people – $30.42

Butchart’s 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 $60.50 for adults, $30.25 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

Butchart Gardens is open at 9 am every day of the year, except for Christmas Day 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! Butcharts 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. For details on each of these specific garden areas check out Butchart Gardens Highlights.

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

Butcharts Sunken Garden in Summer

Butchart Gardens in Summer

Summertime is an amazing time to visit Butchart Gardens. That’s when the place offers outdoor evening concerts, fireworks take place over the course of about 10 different Saturdays, and the place gets lit up every night with spectacular illuminations.

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

Butcharts Fireworks
Summer Fireworks at Butchart Gardens

Butcharts at Christmas

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

During this period there is outdoor ice skating, caroling 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 Butcharts Information

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

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

Pink Rose at Butchart Gardens

Other Information

For more information on Butchart Gardens, 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 on the attraction in December, check out it Butchart Garden’s Magic of Christmas.