Butchart Gardens, Victoria
Go there and see it yourself!
There is also Rose Garden, beautiful too.
The pst time to got here is in the summer Jule and August, when most of the flowers are in bloom and watch the fireworks!
More pictures there...
Superb fireworks in The Gardens' magnificent setting. Every Saturday night, July 1st through to September 2nd, these lavish shows dazzle visitors with their unique blend of spectacle and music. Bring warm clothing and, if desired, a cover to sit on the ground.
Seeing as they are one of the biggest (if not THE biggest) tourist attractions in Victoria, I can't exactly figure out why Butchart Gardens has a listing in the "Off the Beaten Path" section!
My suggestion is for a little spot within the park that few people know about, and that is easy to miss. If you're in the lower area of the Japanese Gardens, look for the little hedge that you can peer through and look out onto the water. You will see a private dock where float planes and yachts of the rich and famous land when they come to the gardens. You never know what you'll see on that dock! I know you can walk "down" towards the dock sometimes, kind of "outside" the main garden area. I'm not sure if that's year round, all day or only at random times, but it's a fun little place to check out and VERY shady if it's the heat of the day!
Victoria gardens are absolutly stunning! It is by far the most beautiful garden I have ever been to. The place is huge and has such a variety of flowers and plantlife. You can easily spend a half day there. We took a bus tour there from Victoria. I'm sure once you are there you will be able to find this same bus tour since we didn't even plan on it beforehand and we were only in Victoria for 2 days. Don't miss these garden if you can help it, you won't be disappointed!
Ok, some of my less known knowledge and off the beaten path info for all you people. I have a couple of things to recommend. Little is it known that Butchart gardens has a fantastic Christmas display at their gardens in Winter Time. There's people caroling, and honestly the best light show in the gardens (With a christmas and winter theme) after dark.
Second there's many great places to go hiking around Victoria, but my favorite is the hike up to a train bridge in Goldstream park. To get to goldstream park you drive North on Hwy 1 about 10 minutes, you cannot miss the goldstream park picnic area on your right hand side. About 200 meters (Yards) further down the road there's a pull out area on your left hand side. This is the start of the hike up to the train bridge. It's about a 30 min. hike depending on the shape you're in, but the view at the top is breathtaking, as the trestle spans about a 100 meter high Gorge.
And last but not least for off the beaten path is a tour of Fort Rodd Hill. This is an old strategic site that the military had used for about 75 years to defend Esquimalt Harbour. Which is the home of Canada's Pacific Naval Fleet. It's really worth the trip, as there's a lot of remenants from the 2nd world war. (Another tip is when exiting fort Rodd Hill, make a left turn out of the driveway and head down to Esquimalt Lagoon. This is the nicest beach other than Long-beach that i've seen on the West Coast.
Just go there and you won't regret!
If you love gardens. flowers, trees and anything that is connected with that!
I have a video from that tour and it was unforgettable. I do wish to come back there!
This is another pic of Butchart gardens. I made many more 'cause it's really a nice place and worthing a visit !!!
Butchard Gardens is a place you shouldn't miss!
It's huge and has a great variety of flowers and plants.