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The Land Conservancy of British Columbia
1964 Fairfield Road
Open 11 am to 5 pm everyday April 1 - September 30
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.
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.
FORT RODD HILL AND FISGARD LIGHTHOUSE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITES
603 Fort Rodd Hill Road, Victoria BC V9C 2W8
Open Daily except for Dec 25, 26 and Jan 1
Adults: $3.90; Seniors: $3.40; Youth 17 years old and under - FREE
Celebrating 150th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation
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.
OTENTIKS: OVERNIGHT CAMPING EXPERIENCE
1401 Rockland Avenue
Victoria, BC V8S 1V9
Open Daily from Sunrise to Sunset
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 Friends.GH@gov.bc.ca 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.
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)
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.
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.