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 (5)
Program No. 2679RJ
8 days
Starts at
Getting There
See travel details and required documents

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
Varies by date
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 a private garden and 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; and take a fascinating look at Victoria’s Inner Harbour, Old Town and the historic Empress Hotel on expert-led walks.

General Notes

You may enjoy our more active program, "Vancouver & Victoria: Hike, Bike, Paddle and Explore Canada's Pacific Northwest" (#21437) or our easier paced Signature City program, “Vancouver & Victoria: Signature Cities of Canada's Pacific Northwest” (#20578).
Featured Expert
All Experts
Profile Image
Joan Looy
Raised in the lovely Victoria, British Columbia area, Joan Looy acted nearly 20 years ago on her passion for gardening. She left teaching and began shepherding explorations of wonderful private gardens that were only rarely available to visiting garden enthusiasts. Joan’s infectious enthusiasm shines as she shares stories of local history, delves into lesser-known, historic public gardens and identifies gardening trends.
Profile Image
Joan Looy
View biography
<%= Bio %>
Profile Image
John Atkin
View biography
<%= Bio %>
Profile Image
Phil Foster
View biography
<%= Bio %>
Suggested Reading List
View 16 books

Click here to provide website feedback
Website Feedback