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British Columbia

Victoria and Vancouver: Glorious West Coast Gardens

Discover the botanical beauty of Victoria and Vancouver, where a blend of Asian, First Nation and European aesthetics combine to create some of the world’s most stunning gardens.
Rating (4.95)
Program No. 2679RJ
Length
8 days
Starts at
2,199

At a Glance

Cradled by sheltered waters and dramatic mountains and freshened by a gentle coastal climate, Vancouver is a city filled with parks and forests whose gardens reflect the city’s blend of cosmopolitanism, natural beauty and art. Across the Strait of Georgia, on the southernmost tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria’s Edwardian architecture accentuates the city’s Britannic refinement, of which no lovelier example exists than the world-renowned Butchart Gardens. Explore both cities and their gardens, uncovering rich history, natural beauty, First Nations heritage and more.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking 1-2 miles a day over flat terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Discover Vancouver’s Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, a classical Chinese Garden and the old growth forest in Stanley Park.
  • Join a horticulturalist who will take you behind the scenes to the elegant Queen’s Gardens to experience Victoria’s colonial past.
  • Explore the renowned Butchart Gardens where some 900 varieties give you uninterrupted bloom from March through October.

General Notes

Featured Expert
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Joan Looy
Joan grew up on a dairy farm near Butchart Gardens. After university, she volunteered in Africa with CUSO, a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of people living in poverty. Upon returning to Victoria she created, instructed and coordinated adult career changing programs at Camosun College. During the years she spent at the college she developed a passion for gardening. Approaching retirement, she decided to build upon this interest and create a garden exploration company which seemed a natural fit in “The City of Gardens.”

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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