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Vancouver Island, with the mildest climate in Canada and an extended growing season, is truly a garden lover's paradise.

Its naturally diverse ecosystem has accommodated thousands of foreign and native plant varieties. Look for Garry oak, a tree species primarily found only on southeastern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

Many of Vancouver Island’s gardens have earned international praise: Milner Gardens & Woodlands in Qualicum Beach was named one of the “Ten Best Public Gardens in Canada” in 2008 by Canadian Geographic Travel magazine. The Tofino Botanical Gardens was selected as one of the best gardens in the world by the gardening editor for the UK’s Guardian newspaper.

The Butchart Gardens near Victoria is a dazzling display of formal gardens and picturesque lawns. Other gardens in Victoria provide a year-round feast for the senses and remind visitors why it's named The "City of Gardens."

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Butchart Gardens - Brentwood Bay

800 Benvenuto Ave
Brentwood Bay, British Columbia
V8M 1J8
Toll-free866-652-4422
Phone250-652-4422

Open year-round, this world-renowned garden occupies 22 ha (55 ac) with stunning floral displays. Enjoy the Rose Carousel & Children's Pavilion! Great dining with casual & more formal dining using many local ingredients & an extensive BC wine list. Enjoy afternoon tea year-round, complete with lovely views. The Seed & Gift Shop carries many local artists' creations. Summer offers evening entertainment, Saturday night fireworks & eco-friendly electrically-operated boat tours of surrounding waters including historic landmarks of cement manufacturing days. Christmas - phenomenal lighting, entertainment, outdoor ice rink. National Historic Site of Canada & Canadian Tourism Commission Signature Experiences Collection® See website.

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Milner Gardens & Woodland - Qualicum Beach

2179 W Island Hwy
Qualicum Beach, British Columbia
V9K 1G1
Toll-free
Phone250-752-6153

Escape back in time & experience a retreat once reserved for royalty. Discover Milner Gardens, a one-of-a kind woodland estate & gardens nestled in the peace that only an old-growth forest can provide; an oasis that rejuvenates the soul. Stroll the winding pathways and magical surroundings of an ancient coastal Douglas fir forest. Find peace & tranquility as you meander through the woodland gardens lined with rhododendrons, cyclamen & trilliums. Indulge in afternoon tea in the historic house overlooking the Strait of Georgia. Please visit our website for listings of special events.

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University of Victoria Finnerty Gardens - Victoria

3800 Finnerty Rd
Victoria, British Columbia
V8P 5C2
Toll-free
Phone250-472-5048

One of Canada's best collections of rhododendrons, many of which were started from seed obtained from famous plant explorers, is on display in the University of Victoria's Finnerty Gardens. Over 4,000 different trees and shrubs, with more than 1,500 rhododendron and azalea plants, including over 200 collected rhododendron species and a spectacular range of companion plants. Three ponds provide habitat for birds and water-loving plants like the towering timber bamboo. Finnerty Gardens provides a rich and changing array of colour, scent, form and texture year round. In April and May, you will see the rhododendrons at their best.

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Victoria Butterfly Gardens - Brentwood Bay

1461 Benvenuto Ave
Brentwood Bay, British Columbia
V8M 1J5
Toll-free877-722-0272
Phone250-652-3822

Victoria Butterfly Gardens offers you a unique opportunity to experience the warmth, beauty & romance of a tropical jungle next door to the world famous Butchart Gardens. Stroll through our indoor tropical oasis where Caribbean flamingos walk through the streams & ponds among the beautiful koi, goldfish, 15 tropical fish species, Australian whistling tree ducks & red-eared slider turtles. Marvel at the red footed & sulcata tortoises, poison dart frogs, geckos & a veiled chameleon. Up to 6000 tropical free-flying butterflies, 30 species of tropical birds & the world's largest moth species. Walk past the vanilla beans growing on the vine, papaya in the trees, pineapple, coffee beans, ginger, among other plants flourishing in our organic soil. Awarded the 2013 & 2014 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.

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EV Tours - Your personal tour guide in Victoria BC - Victoria

Toll-free877-358-7374
Phone778-433-5357

Private tours of Victoria BC and Salt Spring Island. We pick you up in a new vehicle anywhere near Victoria. Tours are customized just for you and your group, from solo to 40 people. Our personalized guided tours will suit your travel interests, pace, and schedule. Discover historical Victoria, the magic of Salt Spring Island, wine tasting, the Butchart Gardens, hiking in BC forest trails. Our local guides are knowledgeable and experienced. Whether you are looking for seaside excursions, walking in gardens and historical buildings, art, food, and our fabulous great outdoors, EV Tours has a special, personalized tour that is just right for you. See our website.

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Hollyhock - Cortes Island

Highfield Road
Cortes Island, British Columbia
V0P 1K0
Toll-free800-933-6339
Phone250-935-6576

Hollyhock's spectacular ocean-front setting on super natural Cortes Island is an ideal backdrop for both transformative learning experiences and unforgettably dreamy holidays. Nestled between ancient forest and sandy beach, our internationally renowned centre for lifelong learning and well-being has been offering cutting-edge programs and conferences for 30+ years. A stay at Hollyhock includes morning yoga classes, forest hikes, beach walks, occasional morning rows, 24hr toast/fruit/tea/coffee bar and three decadent organic vegetarian meals each day. (Check out our cookbooks!) Guests may also book in for exquisite bodywork sessions and amazing kayak trips, including sunset paddles with naturally glowing bioluminescent waters. From gorgeous tent sites to hand-built West Coast style oceanfront rooms, we accommodate guests visiting for learning programs, conferences, group bookings and holidays.

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Point Ellice House - Victoria

2616 Pleasant St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8T 4V3
Toll-free
Phone250-380-6506

Historic house museum built in 1861; home of the O'Reilly family for 3 generations. Original furnishings & personal effects displayed as in the 1890-1920 period. Early Victoria pioneers. Heritage garden presently being restored to original plan. Afternoon tea served on the lawn overlooking the water 5 days a week May-August. Visitors can arrive by Harbour Ferries from Inner Harbour to our dock. Site available for wedding & other special event rentals.

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Sightseeing Victoria - Gray Line - Victoria

4196 Glanford Ave
Victoria, British Columbia
V8Z 4B6
Toll-free
Phone855-385-6553

Experience Victoria aboard one of our authentic British Double Deckers! Sightseeing Victoria tours are designed to allow you the flexibility of exploring the many points of interest Victoria has to offer. Our experienced driver-guides promise a personal, informative, and entertaining experience. We offer Double Decker Hop-On Hop-Off tours hourly (evenings thurs/fri/sat only) and an express coach to the Butchart and Buttefly Gardens, every two hours.

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St. Ann's Academy National Historic Site - Victoria

835 Humboldt St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 1N8
Toll-free
Phone250-953-8829

Former girls school & convent, St. Ann's Academy National Historic site is located just 1 block from the Inner Harbour. St. Ann's features 2.5 ha (6.25 ac) of restored grounds & historic interiors featuring the 1858 restored chapel, Victoria's original Catholic cathedral. Self-guided tours available in Interpretive Centre. Restored grounds are open dawn to dusk daily; great for a break from shopping with the kids & the dog. Bilingual outdoor interpretive signage new in 2012. Seasonal programing for Christmas and temporary exhibits annually.

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Unsworth Vineyards - Mill Bay

2915 Cameron-Taggart Rd
Mill Bay, British Columbia
V0R 2P2
Toll-free
Phone250-929-2292

Located off a picturesque country road winding through working farms and rolling hills, Unsworth Vineyards & Restaurant is whimsically nestled in the heart of Cowichan Valley's wine country. Dedicated to crafting wines of distinction that reflect the exceptional soil and growing conditions of the region, Unsworth's award-winning, family-owned and operated winery is complemented by their own restaurant - a restored early 1900s farmhouse serving natural local foods. A delicious wine and culinary destination, and a spectacular setting for intimate weddings and events - warm and welcoming with plenty of charm and heritage.

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