Enjoy the highlights of Victoria and visit the spectacular Butchart Gardens. Departing Ogden Point your guide will point out the highlights including the majestic legislative buildings, Empress Hotel, Royal British Columbia Museum, Beacon Hill Park and the exclusive residential districts of the Uplands and Oak Bay with their manicured grounds and gardens, Bastion Square, and Chinatown (the oldest in Canada) including the "Gates of Harmonious Interest".
At Butchart Gardens, see how the Butchart family transformed a barren rock quarry into what is now one of the world’s best-known horticultural attractions, covering more than 55 acres.The gardens are a lush paradise of flowers, rare trees and winding paths, that were created more than 100 years ago. Enjoy the cascading fountains and footbridges connecting you to the many themed gardens, including the beautiful Sunken Garden, the Japanese Garden and the Rose Garden. Multi-language maps will assist you on your self-guided tour.
The gardens are illuminated by thousands of hidden lights from mid-May to mid-June and from mid- August to mid-September. Guests sailing on Norwegian Pearl visiting on Saturdays from July 7 thru September 1, 2018 will also be treated to a fireworks display.
Need to Know:
Note: Walking time and distance is at guest’s discretion, approximately 1 to 1.5 miles and up to 150 steps. Stairs, uneven terrain and steep inclines can be avoided by following routes marked accessible. If visiting when the gardens are illuminated by lights – you’ll be able see the flowers close to the pathways but not the back beds. Order of sights may vary. You’ll be at the gardens for about 2 hours.