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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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The Gardens at Horticulture Centre of the Pacific (HCP) - Victoria

505 Quayle Rd
Victoria, British Columbia
V9E 2J7
Toll-free
Phone250-479-6162

The Gardens at HCP has 4 ha (10 ac) of spectacular demonstration gardens with over 10,000 varieties of plants. Thirty-four different areas are designed and planted to demonstrate landscaping techniques suitable for the Pacific Northwest. The gardens also include the second largest Bonsai Garden in North America.

Walk or cycle the 37.2 ha (93 ac) Conservation Park, through wetlands, forest and fields. Second growth Douglas fir surrounds the wetlands, providing a feeding area for over 35 varieties of birds which you can view from several bird watching platforms.

These gardens are a perfect example of what can be achieved in the Pacific Northwest.

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University of Victoria Finnerty Gardens - Victoria

3800 Finnerty Rd
Victoria, British Columbia
V8P 5C2
Toll-free
Phone250-472-5474

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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CVS Sightseeing - Victoria

721 Government Street
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 2X2
Toll-free877-578-5552
Phone250-386-8652

CVS Sightseeing offers multiple daily departures to world-famous Butchart Gardens & the very best in Deluxe City Sightseeing.

The Butchart Gardens tour includes a fully narrated 35 minute ride with interesting facts & history of the area. For city sightseeing, travel around in a seasonal Open air & Open Top Double Decker buses or enclosed bus during the winter months (90 minute tour) with live narration about the past, present & future of Victoria. The Hop-On, Hop-Off trip offers 5 unique stops (Chinatown, Craigdarroch Castle, Oak Bay Village, Cook Street Village & Beacon Hill Park) + locations like Mt. Tolmie & The University Of Victoria! We also offer other discounted add-ons to select attractions. Seasonal Holiday Tours also available!

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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

Manson's Landing
Cortes Island, British Columbia
V0P 1K0
Toll-free800-933-6339
Phone250-935-6576

For more than three decades, Hollyhock has offered guests an experience that sends them home transformed & inspired to engage in making the world better. Hollyhock is a non-profit centre offering cutting-edge programs with world-class instructors, a gathering place for pursuit of advanced knowledge & deep insights & the perfect place to "just be" amidst the kind of breathtaking island beauty that makes you remember why it's good to be alive. Yoga classes, bodywork sessions, kayak trips, forest hikes & amazing organic, gourmet meals await you. Guests are also welcome to visit without taking a program. Group bookings are also welcomed.

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Parksville Museum & Archives - Parksville

1245 E Island Hwy
Parksville, British Columbia
V9P 2E5
Toll-free
Phone250-248-6966

Situated on the the beautiful grounds of Craig Heritage Park, the Parksville Museum & Archives is a gateway to the past. The museum is home to eight restored heritage buildings (including a turn-of-the-century schoolhouse & the town's original firehall) as well as hundreds of artifacts that help bring the past to life. The museum is also host to an extensive archival collection chronicling the lives of early pioneers in the area. With fun activities for all ages, including seniors & children, the Parksville Museum & Archives is a unique & exciting destination where the past comes alive!

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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 for $5. Admission to house & gardens is $6 (adults), $4 for students, $3 for those 6-12. Tea includes tour; $25 plus tax. Site available for wedding & other special event rentals.

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