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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835 Humboldt St
Victoria, British Columbia
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 include Christmas concert series & ghostly walking tours for Halloween.
2915 Cameron-Taggart Rd
Mill Bay, British Columbia
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.
3272 Roper Road
Ladysmith, British Columbia
Plan an afternoon adventure. Located in the Yellow Point area of Ladysmith, our studio & gift shop is an experience worth seeing. We are a working studio with two International award winning Artist in house. We focus mainly on functional & decorative glass art, but also have gifts in our shop. The studio is located on a 5 acre estate with expansive gardens & a trout filled lake. Bring a sack lunch, see the gallery & then wander the gardens & rest on the provided picnic tables. The wild birds abound & seasonally.