Victoria, British Columbia

Home and Garden Tour Canada

Tour Highlights

Known as “The Garden City”, Victoria’s climate is perfect for a wide variety of gardening, and there are countless impressive gardens throughout the city and surrounding area representing a wide range of styles. 
The annual flower count in the spring can be up to 8.5 billion blooms, and so the towns in the Greater Victoria area count their flower blooms in a friendly competition, in order to be the ”Bloomingest Community”.  One of the city’s most recognizable trademarks is its hanging baskets.  Each spring more than 1600 flower baskets hang from lamp posts in a medley of color.  This tour is designed for the garden enthusiast to view the beautiful homes and unique gardens of Southern Vancouver Island, all in full bloom!

Our hotel in Victoria will be the Royal Scot Hotel and Suites. This superior Canada Select 4-star, AAA 3-Diamond hotel is located one block from the Inner Harbour and within easy walking distance to the Legislative buildings and downtown.  The hotel has an indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna and exercise room. There is also an onsite restaurant and lounge, gift shop, guest laundry facilities, billiards and games room, free WiFi, as well as a free shuttle service that runs from the hotel to the downtown core for the exclusive convenience of hotel guests.

All hotel rooms have flat screen TVs, quality robes, electronic safe, iron and ironing boards and complimentary newspaper. 

Three types of rooms are offered:

The Standard Room has one or two queen size beds, microwave, small fridge, coffee maker, kettle, dishes and utensils.

The Studio Suite - ideal for couples or singles, has a comfortable seating area, fully equipped kitchen, dining table and chairs. The bedroom with a queen size bed is set apart with a partition wall.  

The One Bedroom Suite has a separate bedroom (2 twins or 1 king bed) and living room. Your home away from home experience is complimented by a full kitchen and dining room.

*** Those participating in this tour must be able to walk fairly long distances and climb stairs easily.

Tentative Itinerary

A sightseeing tour of the highlights of Victoria including a stop to tour beautiful Finnerty Gardens. Finnerty has over 4,000 trees and shrubs including 1,500 rhododendron and azalea plants, and companion plants – ferns, vines, groundcovers, ornamentals – artistically displayed on six acres at the SW corner of University of the Victoria’s campus.
A walking tour of Victoria’s fabled downtown area with an entertaining local guide.
We visit Craigdarroch Castle, a Victorian-era Scottish Baronial mansion, designated a National Historic Site of Canada.
We tour the Jewel Box Cottage and Gardens, one of Victoria’s most beautiful spring gardens. This intimate cottage garden combines a large collection of spring flowers and wonderful foliage plants, with shrubs to create layered artistic borders.
We tour the beautiful Waterfront Garden and the award winning Four Seasons Garden - voted Canada’s #1 Residential Garden by Canadian Gardening Magazine. It was designed with attention to foliage combinations as well as sequence of bloom (first bloom is in January!) This garden has been an ever evolving garden with new beds, hardscaping and new plant introduction.
We tour the beautiful gardens at Government House - official residence of British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor. Then we visit Ross Bay Villa Historic House - a fine example of 19th century Victorian architecture. Afternoon Tea is included today
A fascinating guided walking tour of Victoria’s downtown will focus on the French History in the area.
A guided tour of the Robert Bateman Centre – an exhibit of original works by the world’s greatest wildlife artist. The collection is the largest ever assembled for public view. Lunch follows at a local restaurant.
We visit Hatley Castle and Gardens, which were developed over 100 years ago and are now a National Historic Site and home of Royal Roads University. The four major gardens - Japanese Garden, Formal Italian Garden, Walled garden and Rose Garden are set in a classic Edwardian park design. A pub lunch is included today.
We visit the famous Butchart Gardens, a 50-acre showplace of numerous incredible gardens. We also visit the Garden of the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific. Nine acres of spectacular gardens showcase over 10,000 varieties of plants along with the only Bonsai tree garden in western Canada. Thirty-four different areas are designed and planted to demonstrate landscaping techniques suitable for the Pacific Northwest all tended to by volunteers. Lunch at a local restaurant is included today.
We tour Abkhazi Gardens - an exquisite heritage home and garden (former residence of Prince and Princess Abkhazi of Russia who settled in Victoria). After touring the gardens, Afternoon Tea will be served in the former living room.
Miniature World consists of over 85 exciting miniature dioramas and displays. Included displays are the World's Largest Doll Houses circa 1880, the Great Canadian Railway, one of the World's Largest Model Railways, the World of Dickens and Olde London Towne of 1670 among many others.
Join in on an informative talk on the wildlife and ecosystems found along BC’s southern coast, before embarking on a nature walk to Beacon Hill Park with a local naturalist.

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