A visit to Butchart Gardens, Victoria – Canada : Review

In May 11, we were on the Alaska Cruise and Victoria, Canada was one of the Stops.

“ Buchart Gardens “; “ Buchart Gardens “ ; “ Buchart Gardens “ was every one’s call. So we also paid a visit to these so very famous Gardens. No matter how many “ Superlative Adjectives” one was to use for these Gardens, it is impossible to describe its beauty in words. This horticultural wonderland reinvigorates the soul since it highlights and showcases the splendor and beauty of Nature. I have no reservations when I say that a more peaceful, tranquil and enjoyable experience cannot be had.

These internationally acclaimed gardens, located about 23 km North of Victoria, Vancouver ( Canada) were the brain-child of the Butcharts – Robert and his wife Jenny. The Butcharts arrived in Victoria over a 100+ years ago and this area was used for mining limestone until the Butcharts began planting trees, shrubs and plants that they had collected from around the world on their travels. They gradually landscaped the deserted eyesore into the resplendent Sunken Garden, opening it for public display in 1904.

The gardens – still the Family property is run by the Butcharts’ grandson. The Garden is visited by over 500,000 visitors a year. It also displays more than a million plants . Over the years, a Rose Garden, Italian Garden, and Japanese Garden have been added. The Sunken Garden is the most beautiful one.

These 55 acres of gardens have a coffee house, picnic grounds, fountains and restaurants that would be anybody’s delight . A very good lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea are offered in the Dining Room Restaurant in the historic residence of the Butcharts – still in its very Original Form. Afternoon and high teas are also served in the Italian Garden .

We were also told that on summer evenings, the gardens are illuminated with a variety of softly colored lights. June – September has free musical entertainment – Monday through Saturday evenings. One can even watch fireworks displays on Saturdays in July/ August. In December one will be able too can enjoy “The Magic of Christmas” where thousands of lights and season decorations are put up.



  • Sahil Sethi says:

    Mr. Sandeep , beautiful photographs. It was a treat to watch.


  • Vibha says:

    Superb Mr. Sandeep. It’s amazing how two people can bring about such a beautiful and big change. The garden is beautiful. Your pictures do it justice. Thanks for sharing.

    • Sandeep Gupta says:

      My grateful thanks to you. Its most heartening to note that Ghumakkar’s Members not only read reviews but also express their appreciation. Have not experienced this with other sites.

      Hopefully this should motivate me to write more often since me and me wife are avid international travellers having covered 24 Countries in the last 5 years. Cruising is our our absolute passion.

  • Mahesh Semwal says:

    No words for Pictures, its awesome !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sandeep Gupta says:


    Thanks for your Inputs. Deeply appreciated.

  • Upanshu Singhal says:

    Yes sir this is very beautiful. I wish you would have visited between July-September, they have the world’s best firework on every saturday during this time.

  • Nandan says:

    Never heard before. Thank you Sir for sharing about this place and the beautiful pictures. They are a delight.

    Visiting 24 countries in 5 years is like a big inspiration for all Ghumakkars and we hope to read more of your stuff in coming times. Thanks again.

  • Sandeep Gupta says:

    Dear Nandan,

    Without doubt, you are the one who is the biggest source of inspiration for all Ghumakkars. 73 Writeups already and so many more to come – you deserve to be knighted as Sir Ghumakkar.



  • Naturebuff says:

    Dear Sandeep,

    What can I add to the long line of appreciative comments here…? As you rightly said at the beginning, that no matter how many ‘superlative adjectives’ one was to use to describe these, one would fall short. Fully agree with you there…

    All the same, loved the pictures (every one of them!), loved the short and crisp writeup and loved the info therein. Above all, loved your spirit for travel and life! Hats off!


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