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Hatley Park National Historic Site

By Scott McDonald | Cultural Garden , Display Garden , GardensBC-Member , Japanese Garden , Vancouver Island

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Hatley Park National Historic Site

Hatley Park: Majestic. Magnificent. Memorable.

In 1908, Laura and James Dunsmuir likely didn’t anticipate the legacy or the National Historic Site they’d create by commissioning Samuel Maclure for the construction of a Tudor-revival manor for their family home. The estate, designed in the spirit of early 20th century mansions, showcased the Dunsmuir family’s influence and affluence, and has become an important part of Vancouver Island’s history, including serving as home for the Royal Roads Military College from 1940 – 1995 and Royals Roads University today.

While Hatley Castle is the centrepiece of the estate, there’s much more to the park and National Historic Site: gorgeous Japanese, Italian, and Rose formal gardens that follow Edwardian design; 15km of walking and hiking trails through old-growth forest; a protected migratory bird sanctuary; an historic First Nations’ site; and a spectacular view of the Olympic Mountains across the Juan de Fuca Strait. You’ll find everything that makes the West Coast unforgettable only 25 minutes from downtown Victoria.Explore Hatley Park National Historic site at Royal Roads University to create memories with your family.

Lights, Camera, Action

As one of Vancouver Islands most prestigious film locations, it is no wonder directors, film crews, and photographers have been drawn to the beauty of Hatley Park for over 80 years. Hatley Castle and its heritage gardens have been showcased internationally in feature films and made for TV movies.  Our unique setting and architecture makes Hatley Park a desirable location for film crews world-wide.

As one of Canada’s largest national historic sites, protecting our heritage lands is a priority when hosting film crews. Our Film Liaison is on site to share valuable guidelines that will help preserve and protect the heritage site for years to come.

If you are considering a site visit of our property, please contact the Vancouver Island South Film & Media Commission to arrange a suitable time.

Tofino Botanical Gardens are twelve acres of gardens, forest, and shoreline that explore the relationship between culture and nature.

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2005 Sooke Road,Victoria, BCV9B 5Y2

Region: Vancouver Island

Plan your trip – Explore British Columbia’s Gardens

Plan your trip! Explore British Columbia's Gardens

Let us help you plan your perfect British Columbia visit—we’ll show you the most beautiful Gardens to visit and other points of interest along the way.

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BC Communities in Bloom

By Scott McDonald | Cariboo Chilcotin Coast , Cultural Garden , Display Garden , GardensBC-Partner , Kootenay Rockies , Northern British Columbia , Parks and Walking , Thompson Okanagan , Uncategorised Garden , Vancouver Coast and Mountains , Vancouver Island

Communities in Bloom in action at Coquitlam City Hall.

British Columbia’s Communities in Bloom

BC Communities are proud to be ‘in Bloom’

From coastal tourist hotspots through to wide-open interior and forested northern towns, the British Columbia Communities in Bloom program provides a measurement of a community’s desirability as a place to live, work and visit. Participants showcase their hometown’s best features from street tidiness and floral displays to unique heritage and environmental treasures. BC’s CIB participants are proud geographical links to the Gardens British Columbia Member Network.

Communities in Bloom in action at Coquitlam City Hall.

CIB in action at Coquitlam City Hall.

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Plan your trip – Explore British Columbia’s Gardens

Plan your trip! Explore British Columbia's Gardens

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The Gardens at HCP – Horticulture Centre of the Pacific

By Scott McDonald | Arboretums , Botanical Garden , GardensBC-Member , Vancouver Island

Japanese bridge in the fall, at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific.

Horticulture Centre of the Pacific

The Horticulture Centre of the Pacific (HCP) started with volunteers in 1979, today it is a hidden gem that captivates and inspires all year around, one of Canada’s top garden treasures.

With nine acres of demonstration gardens to enjoy, you’ll find plenty of inspiration for your own garden. A further 100 acres of conservation park is home to endangered plant species and host to many native bird species.Over 100 volunteers assist in maintaining and growing the gardens and were the first to establish this unique setting. HCP is also home to Pacific Horticulture College, founded in 1987 providing year long professional horticulture education.Gardening focused community education programs run year around and our new Couvelier Pavilion provides a gorgeous setting for weddings and events.“The perfect place to share and stroll with friends and family.”

Japanese bridge in the fall, at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific.

Japanese bridge in the fall, at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific.

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  • WEDDING AND MEETING VENUE

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The Gardens at HCP staff are thrilled to help you plan your wedding. We offer fabulous spaces for your ceremony, photography and reception. We welcome you and your guests to relax and create a memorable day together. Our modern Couvelier Pavilion includes audio-visual equipment, tables, tablecloths, chairs and more – all set in an inviting post and beam building with views into the Gardens. There are several spaces through the Gardens used for ceremonies allowing you to showcase your style.Learn more about wedding rentals on our website.

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505 Quayle Road, Victoria, BC V9E 2J7

Region: Vancouver Island

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Victoria Butterfly Gardens

By Scott McDonald | Display Garden , GardensBC-Member , Vancouver Island

Welcome to the Jungle! Walk into a wonderland of sights, sounds and aromas. Isn’t time you met all the inhabitants of our jungle including 6000 free flying tropical butterflies?

Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Experience the warmth, beauty and romance of an indoor tropical jungle. Interact with tropical birds, tortoises, ducks, flamingos, geckos, iguana, 6000 free flying butterflies and much more.

In our climate controlled environment, (26 Celsius and 80% humidity), you will wander through lush jungles of plants native to tropical rainforest environments. Stroll along the pathways past organic vanilla beans growing on the vine, papaya trees, pineapple, coffee beans, ginger and many other foods of the world growing in our organic soil.As you mingle with our tropical animals, you will be pleased to discover that they are all donated to, or rescued by, our Garden. We showcase the biodiversity that the tropics have to offer.This carefully planned combination of trees, bushes, vines and creepers is a balanced jungle-like eco-system that flourishes without the use of herbicides and pesticides.We are located just 5 minutes from the ‘world famous’ Butchart Gardens.

Welcome to the Jungle! Walk into a wonderland of sights, sounds and aromas. Isn’t time you met all the inhabitants of our jungle including 6000 free flying tropical butterflies?

Welcome to the Jungle! Walk into a wonderland of sights, sounds and aromas. Isn’t time you met all the inhabitants of our jungle including 6000 free flying tropical butterflies?

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1461 Benvenuto Avenue,Brentwood Bay, BCV8M 1J5

Region: Vancouver Island

Plan your trip – Explore British Columbia’s Gardens

Plan your trip! Explore British Columbia's Gardens

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