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This multi-day trip allows you to see many of Vancouver Island’s sights and Gardens throughout Victoria, Cowichan Valley, Nanaimo, and Tofino. Allow 3-4 days to really take in all that Vancouver Island has to offer.

The traditional land of the Coast Salish people including the Quw’utsun, Halalt, Stz’uminus, Snuneymuxw, Snaw-naw-as, K’ómoks, and Qualicum First Nations

Day One
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    The Butchart Gardens

    800 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay, BC, CA, V8M 1J8

    Start your journey at The Butchart Gardens (visit time 2-3 hours). Tip: Stop by the Gelateria in the Italian Garden to try house-made gelato & sorbetto.

  • The Butchart Gardens

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    Victoria Butterfly Gardens

    1461 Benvenuto Avenue, Brentwood Bay, BC, CA, V8M 1J5

    After your visual senses have been satiated, drop by Victoria Butterfly Gardens – just 5 minutes from Butchart (visit time 1 hour).

  • Victoria Butterfly Gardens

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    Horticulture Centre of the Pacific

    505 Quayle Road, Victoria, BC, CA, V9E 2J7

    With nine acres of demonstration gardens to enjoy, you’ll find plenty of inspiration for your own garden. A further 100 acres of conservation park is home to endangered plant species and host to many native bird species. Over 260 volunteers assist in maintaining and growing the gardens and were the first to establish this unique setting.  HCP is also home to Pacific Horticulture College, founded in 1987 providing yearlong professional horticulture education. Community Education programs run year around and our new Couvelier Pavilion provides a gorgeous setting for weddings and events, including our amazing Arts & Music Festival in August each year, definitely one to build your vacation around!

  • Horticulture Centre of the Pacific

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    Beacon Hill Park

    100 Cook St, Victoria, BC, CA

    While in the Victoria area, take in Victoria’s iconic harbour, or saunter through the gardens of Beacon Hill Park. With roughly 740,000 square metres of parkland, Beacon Hill Park is the crowning jewel in Victoria’s public park system. There are natural areas, manicured flower beds, footpaths and many sports and play features for the whole family to enjoy.

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    Royal BC Museum

    675 Belleville St, Victoria, BC, CA, V8W9W2

    Finish the day at one of Canada’s best museums, the Royal British Columbia Museum!

Day Two
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    Hatley Park National Historic Site

    2005 Sooke Road, Victoria, BC, CA, V9B 5Y2

    Head on over to Colwood and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Hatley Castle and Gardens, including a wonderful Japanese Garden, and like The Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site of Canada.

  • Hatley Park National Historic Site

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    Fort Rodd Hill

    603 Fort Rodd Hill Rd, Victoria, BC, CA, V9C2W8

    Next, make your way to Fort Rodd Hill, a Canadian National Historic Site and former naval base.

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    Fisgard Lighthouse

    603 Fort Rodd Hill Rd, Victoria, BC, CA, V9C2W8

    Adjacent to Fort Rodd Hill you will find an iconic Victoria landmark: The Fisgard Lighthouse.

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    Cowichan Valley Lavender Labyrinth

    6357 Wicks Rd, Duncan, BC, CA, V9L4K1

    Head north, out to the Cowichan Valley Lavender Labyrinth (visit time 30 -90 minutes).
    Take a walk through the Cowichan Valley Lavender Labyrinth. In the words of owner Christopher Carruthers, “you won’t get lost”! Perhaps one of the most captivating features of the Cowichan Valley Lavender Labyrinth is the multitude of lavender cultivars represented. Featuring over twenty varieties, from the classic English and Mediterranean lavenders to the lesser known lemon lavender (whose scent is akin to rosemary), this diversity in colour, shape and scent is an experience not to be missed.

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    Nanaimo Inner Harbour

    Front St, Nanaimo, BC, CA, V9R6Y3

    When you are ready, head over to the Nanaimo area and continue your adventure dining on Nanaimo’s inner harbour.

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    Cathedral Grove

    452 Alberni Hwy, BC, CA

    Another worthy stop on the drive to Tofino is the remarkable Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Provincial Park — you’re going to need an hour here to walk the loop and take it all in.

  • Naa’Waya’Sum Coastal Indigenous Gardens

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    Naa’Waya’Sum Coastal Indigenous Gardens

    1084 Pacific Rim Hwy, Tofino, BC, CA, V0R2Z0

    Please note: Naa’Waya’Sum Coastal Indigenous Gardens are Closed for Renovations until 2025.

    Welcome to the home of the Naa’Waya’Sum Gardens, the IISAAK Learning Lodge, and the Little Costa Rica Cafe.

    The Tofino Botanical Gardens has entered a new phase of life. In 2021, the 10-acre site was sold to the IPCA Innovation Program – a project of MakeWay Charitable Society – and renamed the Clayoquot Campus. The unique space, established in 1997, has shifted to a focus on supporting Indigenous-led conservation.

    The Naa’Waya’Sum Gardens and Little Costa Rica Cafe are now open to the public! Come by for a visit, witness the live carving of totem poles, explore the trails, sip a hot drink on the patio, and learn about Nuu-chah-nulth art and culture.”