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Heritage Parks & Gardens

Quick Links: Beacon Hill Park | Government House | Hatley Park | Heritage Acres | Victorian Garden Tours Ltd. |

The Land Conservancy of British Columbia
1964 Fairfield Road

Open 11 am to 5 pm everyday April 1 - September 30
Last entry to the Garden is 4 pm
Open 11 am to 5 pm Wednesday through Sunday October 1 -
March 31
Last entry to the Garden is 4 pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays October 1 - March 31, and closed Thanksgiving, Remembrance Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year's Day

Admission to the Garden year-round is by cash donation

The Teahouse at Abkhazi Garden specializes in Afternoon Tea and light lunches. To make a reservation please call 778-265-6466. The last sitting is 4 pm

One of the world's best and unique small gardens. Known affectionately as "the garden that love built," this one acre jewel was created by Prince and Princess Nicolas and Peggy 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 The Land Conservancy of British Columbia (TLC) purchasing the property in February 2000. TLC has opened the Garden to the public year-round. This magical garden takes full advantage of its dramatic site that contains quiet woodland, rocky slopes and gorgeous vistas. Abkhazi Garden is famous for its over 100 year old Rhododendrons, amongst other beautiful plantings, and for it's year-round appeal. The former Abkhazi home, designed by famed architect John Wade, is now a tea room and gift shop.

(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.

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603 Fort Rodd Hill Road, Victoria BC V9C 2W8

Open Daily except for Dec 25, 26 and Jan 1
March 1 - October 14: 10 am - 5:00 pm;
October 15 - February 28: 10 am - 4:00 pm with limited services.

Adults: $3.90; Seniors: $3.40; Youth 17 years old and under - FREE
Annual passes: Adults: $9.80; Seniors $8.55.

Celebrating 150th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation

Peek through original gun barrels, venture into intriguing underground magazines, and find camouglaged searchlight emplacements... Come explore Fort Rodd Hill, built in 1895-1900 and in operation to 1956 to protect the Royal Navy base at Esquimalt Harbour.
Step inside, play with its brand-new interactive exhibits and marvel at the stories of its keepers, who once helped mariners find their way home safely. Fisgard is the oldest lighthouse on the west coast, built in 1860.
Special events are planned throughout the year; check the website for further information.
Only 15 minutes west of downtown Victoria.

Stay overnight in one of our five oTENTik tents. Exclusive to Parks Canada, these cabin-tent hybirds offer a unique opportunity to fall asleep to nature's little sounds and to travel back in time 50 years ago when soldiers' families inhabited Fort Rodd Hill during their summer camp-out. Connect to your cultural heritage and experience life within the fort's walls. Enjoy a comfortable stay; you only need to bring your bedding sheets - or sleeping bag - and food. Everything else is set up and awaiting your arrival.

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1401 Rockland Avenue
Victoria, BC V8S 1V9

Open Daily from Sunrise to Sunset
Free Access to Grounds

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 are open from May to September (Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00am - 4:00pm). Self-guided tours of the grounds are free, or contact the Friends of Government House Gardens Society at for a guided tour. Free parking is available.

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National Historic Site
Royal Roads University, 2005 Sooke Road
Colwood, via Highway 1 and 1A
Ph: (250) 391-2666
Ph2: 1-866-241-0674

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.

Explore the largest and most diverse National Historic Site in all of Canada through a Guided Walking Estate Tour or a path of self-discovery and follow your own trail through our Japanese Garden, Italian Garden, or Rose Garden.

Hatley Gardens - Self-Guided Exploration Complimentary

Guided Walking Estate Tours (Seasonally - Mid-April to Mid-September)
Daily Tour Times:
10:30 am; 11:45 am; 1:45 pm and 3:00 pm

Adults - $18.50
Seniors (60+) - $16.00
Students (6-17 years)- $10.90
Child (5 and Under) - Free
Family Rate (Maximum 2 adults) - $52.00

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HERITAGE ACRES (Saanich Historical Artifacts Society)
7321 Lochside Drive, Saanichton (north off Island View Road)

Daily: June 1 - Mid Sept: 9 am - 4 pm; Rest of year: 9 am - 1 pm.

Admission by donation. Membership: Single $30; Family $45.

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.

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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.

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