Imagine walking among tropical animals, vegetation, and butterflies all in their natural habitat right on Vancouver Island! Victoria Butterfly Gardens in Brentwood Bay in greater Victoria offers all that and more. Meander through a real tropical jungle and see flamingos, tortoises, giant koi, and rare tropical birds and witness free-flying butterflies while they feed on their favourite tropical fruits.
The Butterfly Garden is just five minutes from Butchart Gardens but just one day is rarely enough time to take in both of these amazing attractions. With very reasonable admission prices you will certainly want to spend the day walking through the jungle with all there is to see and do, and admission is good for the whole day, giving you plenty of time to take in all the beauty.
The Gardens are open every day of the year except for Christmas day on December 25. Hours do vary according to the time of the year; and they are:
- 31 – March 6: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (visitors can explore until 4:00 p.m.)
- March 7 – October 30: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (visitors can explore until 5:00 p.m.)
- October 31 – December 18: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (visitors can explore until 4:00 p.m.)
- December 19 – 30: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (visitors can explore until 6:00 p.m.)
The Butterfly Garden’s tropical jungle eco-system is 12,000 square feet. Strict controls are in place in order to maintain the right balance of humidity and temperature providing the perfect balance for all the animals and vegetation to thrive, grow, and reproduce in a natural environment.
With up to 75 different species and hundreds of free-flying butterflies, the experience of having one land on or next to you is truly magical. Visitors can also watch the entire life cycle of butterflies as well as moths beginning at the emerging room and throughout the Gardens.
Of course both children and adults alike always have great questions about butterflies such as:
- How long does a butterfly live?
- What do butterflies eat?
- How many kinds of butterflies are there?
- Is there such thing as a poisonous butterfly?
The knowledgeable staff at Victoria Butterfly Gardens never tire of answering these and other questions and they love to impart tid-bits of largely unknown facts about butterflies and other creatures within the Gardens.
Of course butterflies aren’t the only amazing creatures one can see; there are plenty of fish and exotic birds from all over the world that call this tropical jungle home. Many of the animals that live within the Gardens are ‘rescue animals’ and are often donated to Victoria Butterfly Gardens when owners are no longer able to provide all that is needed for them to thrive.
Like the butterflies, all the birds are also free-flying; as well one can see free range tree frogs, geckos and wall lizards. The 15,000 gallon pond has a wonderful variety of tropical fish and plenty of room for them to swim around in.
Be on the lookout while walking through the jungle to see if you can spot some favourites of the Garden like:
- Leo – An orange winged Amazon Parrot
- Spike – A Peruvian Puna Ibis
- Mango & Houdini – 2 Caribbean Flamingos
Make sure you explore the gardens for a truly tropical adventure where the vegetation provides a natural dwelling for creatures that call this area home. Treat your senses to more than 200 species of orchids, thousand of tropical plants including ones that are popular foods around the world and even a carnivorous plant display.
Don’t forget to visit their gift shop to get some unique items to remember your visit by or to surprise some special people on your gift list.
The Victoria Butterfly Gardens are conveniently located at 1461 Benvenuto Avenue, Brentwood Bay, just 20 km north of downtown Victoria and just 18 km south of the Swartz Bay ferry. Other ways to get to the Gardens include:
- Direct Shuttle – from select hotels and downtown Victoria. For more information you can call them at: 250.386.8652 or 1.877.578.5552
- Public Transit – for more specific information call 1.800.382.6161
Car & Swartz Bay Ferry – Complete driving directions can be found on Victoria Butterfly Garden’s website.