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“A nice stop on the way to Butchart Garden”

Victoria Butterfly Gardens
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US$72.53*
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Victoria Kayaking and Butterfly Gardens Tour
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A Vibrant Jungle Experience. A unique opportunity to experience the beauty and curiosity of a tropical jungle up close. Meet our family with surprises at every turn. You’ll encounter tortoises, large iguanas, poison dart frogs, free flying tropical birds and more. Enjoy tropical fish, ducks, flamingos and koi fish in our serene pond and stream circulated by a stunning waterfall. Thousands of tropical butterflies (up to 70 species) fly through our large facilities the size of almost 3 basketball courts. Stroll through and marvel at our lush gardens including tropical flowers, carnivorous plants and fruits of the world. Wander in our newest Exhibit, the Insectarium, full of impressive insects & invertebrates from around the world. Your jungle adventure awaits.
Reviewed 3 July 2014

This is a little smaller than I expected, but it is well-maintained and educational. I especially enjoyed the blue morphos (maddening to photograph - use movie setting!) and the Atlas moths.

Thank KMBR72
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VicBG, General Manager at Victoria Butterfly Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2014

Hello KMBR72

Thank you for your review of Butterfly Gardens. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit. Those pesky Blue Morphos are very difficult for still photography. You are correct to suggest it is a good idea to use the movie setting if you have one on your camera.

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Reviewed 1 July 2014 via mobile

Visited Vancouver Island several times previously but this was the first time we visited the Butterfly Gardens. Found a Groupon online for cheaper admission.

It was interesting to see the different types of butterflies flittering about. We saw caterpillars, the cocoons, the iguana, some parrots, the flamingos and tortoises. Lots of tropical plants. Overall, it was good but pricy for the amount of time we spent at the Gardens even with the Groupon.

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VicBG, General Manager at Victoria Butterfly Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2014

Hello PrincessDumpling

Thank you for your review. I am sorry to hear that you felt the experience was only "OK". From your review, I can see that you got to see a number of the creatures we have on site and it sounded like the day was a good butterfly flight day. I would be eager to learn what we could do to make it a more worthwhile attraction. Please feel free to contact me at info@butterflygardens.com.

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Reviewed 29 June 2014

Buchart garden seems to have new varieties of plants on display every year. My family went there quite late in the day for the people we asked didn't seem to seem to know where it is. We were mildly surprised to see lots of oriental plants common in our country, Philippines. So we zeroed in the areas where they had all kinds of roses and of course, the fantastic view of the lake. How we wish we didn't get lost so we could have stayed longer. It must be a prolonged ecstasy amidst such beauty. A spiritual healing that is a ritual to one's life.

Of course I emphasized to my children that the expensive entry should be translated to a viable community development when we go back. Such beauty can be replicated in any communities. Though I didn't see any tulips as advertised in their advertisements, I saw the importance and beauty of our own native, tropical plants. Hope all hotels in Vancouver would encourage guests to visit this attraction.

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Reviewed 26 June 2014

This is a lovely, calm, almost magical place.
Good for anyone of any age.
Do not rush your visit. It is small but easily worth 45 minutes to an hour or more. Go with the intention to relax, experience the beauty and be enchanted (or amazed if you are under 8). And if you have any skill whatsoever with a camera, you will be rewarded with many opportunities to capture some amazing butterflies, moths, flamingos, koi, plants...
I paid for a day pass and decided to upgrade to an annual pass afterwards for the price of 1 more visit (I am a local). There's a very good chance I'll go back at least 1 more time in the next 12 months, even if its just to take a moment out of regular hectic life and stop and watch the butterflies (which really do flutter all around you in this space and often land on you!).

Thank Stef581
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VicBG, General Manager at Victoria Butterfly Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2014

Hello Stef581

Thank you for the wonderful review. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit enough to upgrade to an annual pass. We will continue to work hard to make sure that you and everyone else sees value in our little slice of paradise.

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Reviewed 24 June 2014

Visiting Victoria, we took a day trip on Sunday to visit the Saanich area, and the kiddoes definitely wanted to stop here, more so than Butchart Gardens(less walking, cuter bugs).

It isn't cheap but they offer a family discount. It's a combo small botanical gardens, butterfly paradise, and fishpond/flamingo hangout. The staff are very informative, and there are a ton butterflies. They show them in different stages of growth. Very colorful, great pictures and my wife and children just spent a ton of time here.

Good size gift shop(hard to get the kids out), restaurant across the road which we didn't try, and it's on the way to the Gardens- easy to find.

Thank mckParker_Co
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VicBG, General Manager at Victoria Butterfly Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2014

Hello mckParker_Co

Thank you for the wonderful review. We are very happy that you enjoyed your visit and that the kids had such a good time. We hope that the next time you are in town you will stop in again.

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