Gardens and Parks

Our moderate climate makes Victoria a gardening paradise. Everywhere you look, gardens are being tended and flowers are in bloom.

Victoria, “City of Gardens”

Every February, Victoria gets busy with its annual flower count — and the latest figures are in: over 2 billion!

And so many different types…from the Japanese gardens at Royal Roads University to the English style estate garden on the Government House grounds, and the Abkhazi Garden created by a Prince and Princess in the 1940s.

The world-famous Butchart Gardens, with its spectacular 55-acres of floral display, is quite simply a ‘must-see’. Enticing visitors to Vancouver Island since the early 1900s, these breathtaking gardens are a designated National Historic Site. Starting with the Sunken Garden, once a limestone quarry, The Butchart Gardens offers 22 ha (55 acres) of spectacular beauty in every season.

Local and provincial parks

From wilderness to family recreation areas and beaches, Victoria has an abundance of parks.

The cultivated gardens and acres of trees in Beacon Hill Park, just minutes away from the Victoria Conference Centre, have been a centre of family activity for more than a century.

Our regional parks are linked by 100 kilometers of trails in a green ribbon that stretches from the major ferry terminal at Sidney into downtown Victoria and on to the Western Communities.