Cruise Spotlight: Victoria, British Columbia

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Our final excursion on our Alaskan cruise required use of our passports.  We visited Victoria, British Columbia, Canada as our last port of call, and our must-see was Butchart Gardens,  the historic display gardens located in Brentwood Bay.  We decided to book Celebrity’s Butterfly Gardens and Butchart Gardens tour out of convenience (and it only ended up costing about $5.00 more than doing everything ourselves).

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First stop: Victoria Butterfly Gardens.  These gardens were beautiful, and relatively compact.  They are home to many varieties of butterflies, as well as some birds and fish.  Mom and I enjoyed meandering through the gardens, taking pictures, and relaxing.

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Next stop: Butchart Gardens.  In 1904, the Butcharts purchase a limestone quarry, and Jennie Butchart made plans to create something in the exhausted pits.  Thus, Butchart Gardens was born.  Now, the gardens see more than 1 million visitors per year, and I National Historic Site.

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And how are they? Spectacular.  Favorites included the Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, and Italian Garden.  Everything is immaculate, vibrant, and healthy. It was remarkable.

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Ultimately, my one complaint about this tour is that we didn’t have as much time at the gardens as we would have liked.  If I were to do it again, I might consider arranging our own transport so we could take our time here. Nonetheless, we had a great time!

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