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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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Sightseeing Victoria - Gray Line - Victoria

4196 Glanford Ave
Victoria, British Columbia
V8Z 4B6
Toll-free855-385-6553
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 include Christmas concert series & ghostly walking tours for Halloween.

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Unsworth Vineyards - Mill Bay

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

Nestled in the foothills of Mill Bay, surrounded by pasture and minutes away from the Pacific Ocean, lies Unsworth Vineyards. The winery's pristine Cowichan Valley setting provides the perfect coastal climate for growing some of the world's finest and most unique wine grapes. Panoramic views, a relaxed ambiance and seasonal entertainment combine to make Unsworth Vineyards an essential stop on any wine tour. Next to the winery's tasting bar, a 119-year old farm house has been beautifully renovated to accommodate an award-winning restaurant. Visitors and locals alike are invited to experience the terroir cuisine of the Cowichan Valley through cooking classes, chef's discussions overlooking the vineyard, and garden tours among the heritage apple and walnut trees in the winery's orchard.

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Yellow Point Glass Stained and Art Glass Studio - Ladysmith

3272 Roper Road
Ladysmith, British Columbia
V9G 1C4

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.

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