Butchart Gardens

Gardens in Brentwood Bay

A 30-minute drive from Victoria, the farmlands of Brentwood Bay are also home to this immaculate, green-thumbed attraction. Divided into separate gardens where there's always something in bloom, the tour buses roll in relentlessly throughout the summer but Saturday night fireworks in July and August make it all worthwhile. Tea fans take note: the Dining Room Restaurant serves a smashing afternoon tea; leave your diet at the door. Also ask about November's behind-the-scenes greenhouse tours.