50 km round-trip, 1.5 hours driving.
Allow yourself the entire day to see it all.
Victoria is known as the 'City of Gardens' – its gardens come in every shape, size, type and are found throughout the greater Victoria area.
Start your morning at The Gardens at HCP on Saanich Peninsula, a 20 minute car ride from downtown Victoria (visit time 1-2 hours). After filling your head with new latin names for plants and flowers you love, head on over to The Butchart Gardens (visit time 2-3 hours). Tip: after you enter the gardens stop by the Visitor Center and reserve for lunch or afternoon tea.
After your visual senses have been satiated, drop by Victoria Butterfly Gardens – just 5 minutes from Butchart (visit time 1 hour). Haven’t seen enough and still not dark yet? Head on over to Colwood and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Hatley Castle and Gardens, including a wonderful Japanese Garden, and like The Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site of Canada.
Keep in mind closing time is dusk. Not-to-be-missed while you are in the area is Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthhouse, which is a proverbial stone’s throw from Hatley.
Find your way back into Victoria for dinner (check out Tourism Victoria’s culinary listings!) and if light permits, as it always seems to in summer, take in Victoria’s iconic harbour, or saunter through the gardens of Beacon Hill Park. Stay an extra day and experience one of Canada’s best museums, the Royal British Columbia Museum!
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