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From butterfly gardens to beautiful picnicking destinations, British Columbia is home to several beautiful garden spaces and recreational areas full of nature’s marvels. Make your way to Bucharest Gardens north of Victoria to see the beautiful landscaping and stunning gardens. This is a dog-friendly destination and guided tours are available.
One of the most popular attractions in Victoria is Abkhazi Garden. Here you’ll find a collection of native trees, flowers, and greenery as well as the Teahouse at Abkhazi Garden where you can enjoy a light lunch and afternoon tea.
When you’re exploring Vancouver Island, head to the Victoria Butterfly Gardens to see the exhibits of birds, tortoise, fish, frogs, and geckoes. You’ll also find more than 4,000 butterflies across the grounds and a collection of tropical birds and koi fish.
Another destination near Victoria is the Victoria Butterfly Gardens Head here to see more than 75 species of butterflies in an indoor habitat and explore the lush tropical setting at your own pace.
Blooming with color and beauty, the Abkhazi Garden is a historic home and garden located in Victoria. The garden was built in 1946, and features a vast collection of flowers, trees, and greenery native to Vancouver Island and British Columbia.
Specific landmarks at the garden include the Teahouse at Abkhazi Garden – a working restaurant and teahouse specializing in afternoon tea and light lunches. Tour through the garden and you’ll come face to face with colorful displays like the Rhododendron Woodland Garden, the Yangtze River display, and the scenic East Path.
A tourism staple of Vancouver Island, Buchart Gardens is located in Brentwood Bay just north of Victoria. Taking in more than one million guests every year, Buchart Gardens is vast gathering of stunning gardens, and a National Historic Site of Canada.
The Buchart Gardens are open daily with free parking, with leashed pets allowed for those traveling with the family dog. Hungry? Check out the menu at the Blue Poppy Restaurant. The Buchart Gardens is a hot spot for weddings, picnics, and guided tours.
Victoria Butterfly Gardens
Visit the Victoria Butterfly Gardens, just minutes from downtown Victoria and available via shuttle service, and take experience a true, tropical habitat without leaving Vancouver Island. The gardens feature 75 different species of butterfly spread across the 12,000 square foot indoor habitat.
Although mostly known for butterflies, there are many more species to be seen while on a tour of the gardens. Explore the lush tropics and vast greenery in the climate controlled facility, heralded as one of "Canada's Most Improved Attractions."