Category Archives: Victoria

Canada: An Evening stroll through Butchart Gardens.

On Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada is the world-renowned Butchart Gardens. While in Victoria during the summer we took a forty-five minute bus ride from the town centre north to the gardens. It was raining upon arrival, but that just added to the beauty we saw. I’ll let the pictures and various gardens and colors speak for themselves. Chess anyone?!

Butchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, botanical gardens

Butchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, botanical gardens

Butchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, botanical gardens

Butchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, botanical gardens

Butchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, botanical gardens

Butchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, botanical gardens

Butchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, botanical gardens

Butchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, botanical gardens

Butchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, botanical gardens

Butchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, botanical gardens

Butchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, botanical gardens

Butchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, botanical gardens

Butchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, botanical gardens

Butchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, botanical gardens

There is more floral and colorful beauty then you can imagine at this hundred year old family owned gardens. Throughout you’ll find activities like fireworks, concerts, ice skating and more no matter the season. Being there in the evening we had the chance to experience the gardens in daylight and darkness, each giving off a different, beautiful feel.

Checkout the Butchart Gardens website. They are in the middle of The Magic of Christmas right now. From what I have heard from others, it’s a must visit during the holiday season. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Are there any other gardens you would recommend seeing that you have come across in your travels?

Photo(s) of the Week: A Victoria Drive By in Canada.

While on an Alaskan Cruise, we had a quick stop in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. On the way to an excursion we went through downtown. Driving by I managed to get a shot of both the historic British Columbia Legislature Building and Fairmont Empress Hotel.

British Columbia Legislature Building, Victoria, Canada

Victoria Empress Hotel, historic, Canada

Victoria is the capital of British Columbia with the government being housed in the beautiful legislature building. It is quite the sight to see at night being all lit up along the southern banks of the Inner Harbour. The hotel has seen many famous people come through it walls since it opened in 1908. It is designated a National Historic Site of Canada and sits facing the Inner Harbour from the east.