Vancouver Island, British Columbia’s crown jewel, and home to an array of breathtaking landscapes, charming towns, and captivating attractions offers visitors awe-inspiring natural beauty and a plethora of activities to suit every interest! Among the Island’s many treasures, the Greater Victoria area stands out as a hub of excitement and adventure, offering a blend of cultural delights, outdoor explorations, and mesmerizing attractions.
In Victoria BC you can check out downtown Victoria, where you can walk along cobbled and historic, oceanfront streets, visit incredible heritage sites and taste some of the best food in Canada! Go whale watching and explore the waters around Southern Vancouver Island, learn about the aquatic animals and birds that call this area home. Hike or cycle along one of the many trails throughout Greater Victoria and explore the varied landscape, urban centres and rugged coastline or plan a visit to one of the many remarkable attractions in the Greater Victoria area!
One of the most beloved attractions in the area is the incredible Victoria Butterfly Gardens, nestled in the serene Brentwood Bay near Sidney. Prepare to be enthralled as you embark on a jungle adventure through this enchanting climate controlled tropical oasis, where butterflies take flight and myriad captivating creatures and plants awaits!
Butterflies take centre stage during this vibrant jungle experience, captivating visitors with their graceful flight and exquisite beauty. Amidst a kaleidoscope of fluttering wings, you’ll be able to see tropical butterflies of all shapes, sizes, and colours from all over the globe weave through the air around you. Get up close with some of the world’s most stunning species of Lepidoptera like the Green Moss Peacock butterfly from the Philippines or the impressive Atlas Moth from South East Asia to name just a few! To see a full list of the butterflies click here!
But beautiful butterflies are not the only reason to visit these magical Gardens! Here, you’ll also encounter a diverse array of fascinating creatures that call this sanctuary home.
If you love lizards, amphibians and fish, this is a must visit! You will love finding inquisitive iguanas roaming through the garden and tortoises basking in the warmth of the sun, seemingly oblivious to the world around them. Admire the vibrant hues of poison dart frogs, their tiny bodies showcasing a vivid palette of colours that warns predators of their toxicity. And gaze into the water to watch the koi fish serenely glide through.
For tropical bird lovers, it’s a treat to watch the elegant flamingos gracefully wading in their ponds, their vibrant plumage reflecting in the water. Marvel at the vibrant macaws and eclectus parrots, their brilliant plumage adding more colours to this incredible paradise.
The backdrop and habitat for all these amazing creatures is almost as impressive as the animals themselves! With lush, fragrant tropical foliage from around the world, these Gardens are an amalgamation of many tropical paradises on the West Coast of Canada. You can see carnivorous pitcher plants with their bulbous cups waiting to catch unsuspecting insects and small animals, experience the beauty of the vanilla orchid, see how enormous bamboo can grow and touch the sensitive Mimosa and watch it close its petals at the slightest touch!
When you’re finished walking through the gardens, you can visit the interactive insectarium and delve deeper into the captivating world of insects. Engaging displays and knowledgeable guides provide fascinating insights into the vital roles these tiny creatures play in our ecosystem. Witness firsthand the intricate lives of these impressive insects, and gain a newfound appreciation for their beauty, complexity, and the delicate balance of nature that they help maintain.
There’s no doubt that when you’re looking for a unique activity, the Victoria Butterfly Gardens provides an incredible opportunity for visitors to experience the beauty and diversity of the tropics right here on Vancouver Island! So, as you plan your visit to this remarkable region, make sure to include the Victoria Butterfly Gardens in your itinerary, and prepare to be spellbound by the magic that awaits!
Location: 1461 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1J5
Opening hours: 10am – 6pm 7 days a week. Please call for holiday hours and you buy tickets here!