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TLC The Land Conservancy of British Columbia
1964 Fairfield Road
Open 11 am to 5 pm everyday through the peak season
Admission to the Garden year-round is by donation. Proof of residency for donation is not required.
The Teahouse at Abkhazi Garden serves Afternoon Tea everyday 11 am - 4 pm and light lunches 11 am - 2:30 pm
One of the world's best and most unique small gardens. Known affectionately as "the garden that love built," this one acre jewel was created by Prince and Princess Nicholas Abkhazi in the middle of the last century. The garden's future was at risk in early 2000 when a strong community campaign resulted in TLC The Land Conservancy purchasing the property in February 2000. This magical garden takes full advantage of its dramatic site that contains quiet woodland, rocky slopes and gorgeous vistas. The rhododendron woodland includes tree-like plants over 100 years old. A charming tea room and gift shop are located in the Abkhazi house.
BEACON HILL PARK
(Friends of Beacon Hill Park)
Park open to the public. Named by Hudson's Bay Company in 1846, established as City of Victoria park in 1882. Zoo began 1890, now a petting farm. Sports fields, cricket club. Band concerts held since 1890's. Alpine gardens, wildflower meadows, rose gardens, lakes, Mayor's Grove of Trees, native Garry Oak forest.
1401 Rockland Avenue
Year round: Dawn to dusk.
Government House is the office and residence of the Lieutenant Governor, the provincial representative of Her Majesty The Queen of Canada. The grounds embrace 14.6 hectares of a rare Garry Oak ecosystem and 5.7 hectares of formal gardens. All formal garden areas are wheelchair accessible. An interpretive centre, tea room, costume museum and gift shop are open during the summer months (10:00 am to 4:00 pm from Tuesday to Saturday). Self-guided tours of the grounds are free, or contact the Friends of Government House Gardens Society at 250-356-5139 for a guided tour. Free parking is available.
National Historic Site
Royal Roads University, 2005 Sooke Road
Colwood, via Highway 1 and 1A
Ph: (250) 391-2666
Hatley Castle and formal gardens at Royal Roads University is a hidden gem on an island paradise. Our 565 acre historic estate, located 25 minutes outside of downtown Victoria, was home to James Dunsmuir, former Premier of British Columbia, Lieutenant Governor, and coal baron. The Edwardian castle was built by renowned architect Samuel Maclure in 1908.
Adults - $9.75
Hatley Gardens - Self Guided Exploration (Mid-September to Mid-April)
Adults - $4.90
Guided Walking Estate Tours (Seasonally - Mid-April to Mid-September)
Adults - $18.50
HERITAGE ACRES (Saanich Historical Artifacts Society)
7321 Lochside Drive, Saanichton (north off Island View Road)
Admission by donation. Membership: Single $20; Family $30.
29-Acre Site featuring nature trails, picnic areas and park land. The Society collects, restores, houses, displays and demonstrates artifacts telling the story of farming, country life and industry on early Vancouver Island. Artifacts are displayed in various locations around the property and within museum buildings. Relocated, restored and replica buildings are grouped into a village setting that depicts early 1900 BC life. Group tours can be prearranged by calling the office about one week in advance.
VICTORIAN GARDEN TOURS LTD.
250-380-2797 for reservations
Year-round narrated guided tours of Victoria's public and private gardens. Gardens that can be toured include turn of the century gardens, heritage rose gardens, Japanese style gardens and private gardens that have gained recognition for their unique west coast garden style. Learn about Victoria's colourful past as you visit these wonderful gardens. You can even meet the spirit of Emily Carr and join her for tea. Complimentary transportation, umbrellas, and personalized service provided.