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Ghostly Walking Tour in Victoria

Ghostly Walking Tour in Victoria
90 minutes
USD 12.43
<p>Behind Victoria's old-world charm lie tales of eccentric characters, heroic deeds, intrigue, love, humour, hangings, murder and ghosts! During your 90-minute walking tour, expect to hear great storytelling as you travel through the streets and alleys of Victoria, a ghost-hunter's paradise.</p>

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USD 142.54
Experience the world's best location to view whales in the wild on a three hour tour from Victoria, British Columbia. Immerse yourself in the majestic beauty of the Pacific Ocean and its migrating orca whales. The Juan de Fuca and Haro Strait are renowned for their ample wildlife, including animals such as resident and transient killer whales, humpback whales, Minke whales, seals, sea lions and many marine birds to name a few!<br /><br />Next, you will head to the Butchart Gardens which is one one of the world's premier floral show gardens. The gardens change dramatically from season to season, and offers activities for everyone, from greenhouse tours to a living fossil walk, ice skating, dining and more.

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 Butchart Gardens Info & Guide

Butchart Gardens

Where is Butchart Gardens?  

"A world class attraction", "most amazing gardens anywhere", "there's nothing like it", "extraordinary botanical diversity", "beauty beyond belief", these are just a few of the types of comments commonly heard about the world famous Butchart Gardens.

The Butchart Gardens is a spectacular collection of botanical display gardens in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, Canada, near Victoria on Vancouver Island. Now a National Historic Site of Canada, still privately owned by descendants of the garden's originators, Butchart Gardens offers 55 acres of beautiful gardens, open year round. The award winning gardens receive more than a million visitors each year. 

The Butchart Gardens (pronounced "Butch-art") occupy the site of a former quarry and were developed under the guidance of Jennie Butchart between 1904 and 1939. Today, the gardens provide dramatic floral displays in a variety of garden settings and styles set against a backdrop of mature trees and shrubs and linked together by a network of paths and transition areas. Throughout the garden are viewpoints offering glimpses of Tod Inlet and the hills beyond.

Entertainment is part of the experience during the Summer Season (July and August) and the Winter Holiday Season. Expect a wide range of local entertainment, from Jazz to classical music. In the summer, you might even find The Weeds, a band made up of staff members from The Gardens, playing a concert. Fireworks, accompanied by show tunes, are a popular feature on summer Saturday evenings. During the Winter, lights and seasonal decorations adorn the gardens along with an ice-skating rink in the Waterwheel Square.

There are several Butchart Gardens transportation options: taxis, buses (public and private) and limousines all run here. Details are included in this guide.

Cruise Ship Visitors:
As there is usually just a 6 hour window before you need to be back onboard your ship, you need to plan your visit carefully. A packaged tour is often the best way to go, as they include transportation. You can book a tour through your cruise ship, or book a local Butchart Gardens Tour. If you go on your own, keep in mind that you will need 2-3 hours at the gardens (or more if you have a snack or meal), plus allow 30-45 minutes each way to get to/from the gardens (taxi or public/private bus). If your window is during the morning or afternoon, any transportation mode will work. For evenings we recommend a private bus or taxi as public transit is more limited in service. More Information.


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Admission is required to visit the Butchart Gardens and varies between about CAD 20-30 for adults, depending on season (summer is the most expensive). Many tour companies include this price in their tour rates.


Services at Butchart Gardens include:

  • Visitor Map & Guide available in 21 Languages
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Gift shop
  • 2 restaurants and a coffee shop
  • High tea
  • Children's pavilion and carousel
  • ... and an online shop where you can buy seeds!

Additional Butchart Gardens information may be found by visiting their official website below.

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Last Updated: 20 Sep 2017