Tuesday, 17 June 2008, marked the second day of our stay in Vancouver and it was
on this date that Nena and I joined a whole day tour of Victoria. The tour bus
came to pick us up at the Day's Inn in downtown Vancouver where we were billeted
and proceeded to the British Columbia Ferry Terminal for our trip to Victoria.
The BC Ferry sail between Tsawwassen, 37 kilometres south of Vancouver, and
Swartz Bay, 32 kilometres north of Victoria. Ferries on this route start their
1-1/2 hour crossings at 7 am and run until 9 pm.
British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. or BC Ferries provides all major passenger
and vehicle ferry services for coastal and island communities in the Canadian
province of British Columbia. Set up in 1960, BC Ferries has become the largest
passenger ferry line in North America and the second largest in the world,
boasting a fleet of 37 vessels with a total passenger and crew capacity of over
27,000, serving 49 locations on the B.C. coast.
As our tour bus exited out of the BC Ferry ramp, we then headed for Butchart
Gardens which is a group of floral display gardens in Brentwood Bay, British
Columbia, near Victoria on Vancouver Island. It is an internationally-known
tourist attraction which receives more than a million visitors each year. The
Butchart Gardens is tucked into a serene 50-acre country estate on the southeast
corner of Vancouver Island.
The Butchart Gardens is one of Victoria's more popular garden tour attractions.
The network of paved paths meander around exploring meadows and gardens of
flowers blossoming in reds, blues, yellows, whites and oranges. The trails lead
to ponds and fountains, walking over wooden bridges and crossing over rumbling
creeks. Many paths loop in circles leading to viewing benches, shelters and open
grass fields. The Butchart Gardens is a wonderful opportunity to be surrounded
in vibrant colors and floral scents.
But not all is what it seems. The Butchart Gardens actually started as a
limestone quarry in the early 1900's. After some time the quarry then became the
Victoria Butchart Gardens. In 2004, the Butchart Gardens celebrated its 100th
year in operation since the quarry days. Media from around the world often
recognize the Butchart Gardens as one of the must-see sunken gardens, tea houses
and rose gardens in the world.
The many photographs I took during our tour of the Butchart Gardens will
probably show how beautiful it is and why so many people go there. To view the
photographs, just click on the link shown below:
The Butchart Gardens
Enjoy your cyberspace tour of the Butchart Gardens. I have to tell you though
that going there will really be worth it.