Victoria, British Columbia, home to the famous Butchart Gardens, is a wonderful place to visit during the spring and summer months. The capital city is bustling with activity, from Canada Day festivities in July to Symphony Splash in August. While there are lots of festivals going on in Victoria, there is plenty to do on the day-to-day as well, and a scenic tour of the area is just what you need to get the lay of the land.
A great way to see the city and check out its main attraction is on the Grand Tour of Victoria & Butchart Gardens combination trip. Aboard a traditional English double-decker bus, you will get a chance to check out the homes and gardens that make Victoria unique. You will learn the back story on the Empress Hotel, Antique Row, and Chinatown and will make a stop at Castle Point for an exquisite view of Oak Bay and the Coast Mountains. Along the way you will also check out the exclusive Uplands and Oak Bay residential areas as you enjoy a peaceful ride along Marine Drive.
As you make your way around Victoria, you will ultimately reach Butchart Gardens, where over 50 acres of blossoms and fragrances await you. A walk through the theme gardens – linked by spacious lawns, meandering streams, and lily ponds – will relax and rejuvenate you, as will a visit to the sunken garden. As an added bonus, seasonal outdoor performances in the afternoon add that special something to your trip.
For an extra dose of natural beauty, take the Butchart Gardens & Butterfly Gardens Tour, which provides access into Butterfly Gardens, an indoor tropical garden where the butterflies fly freely and display their unique shapes and color patterns. The enclosed gardens house even more varieties of plants and flowers for you to be amazed by, so if endless bursts of color and life are what you crave, this may just be the perfect tour for you.
There are many fun activities to choose from in Victoria, so for a more complete list visit www.VictoriaTours.org.