How much time should you allow?

Well, that's a tricky question,

... some people are fine with 2.5 hours, others stay all day and return the next day.

Maybe this will help...

Allow a minimum of 1 hour to slowly stroll the gardens, add time if you must smell every flower and take pictures...many many pictures.

(no selfie sticks remember) 

Now you're probably hungry?  The gardens offers everything from coffee, soup and hotdogs in the coffee shop to

fine dining in the orginal family home.

If you desire the fine dining experience, this would include Afternoon Tea, allow 1.5 hours for this experience.

Remember to save time for the gift shop, even if you claim not to be a shopper do not under estimate time here.

Something for all interests, ages and budgets. 

Staff are happy to ship your purchases home, saving you from checking that extra luggage.

So...most garden visitors are happy with 2.5 hour options.

However, come summer why not stay the evening to enjoy the music on the lawns and Fireworks Saturday we stay till the end.

Still not sure? Ask your driver/guide, maybe that will help make up  your mind...and we promise it will be fabulous.

Remember the drive to the gardens also takes approx 45 min by the time you're inside the gates.

  • Drive there from downtown Victoria and ticket/gate entry 45 min.
  • Stroll gardens slowly not counting smelling and picture taking just over 1 hour, slow stroll
  • Food options add 30 minutes for the coffee shop and 1.5 hours fine dining experience
  • Gift Shop 30 minutes for beginner shopper, pros longer :)
  • Boat Tour in summer 45 min. 
  • 15 minute walk back out to parking lot - we run a prompt schedule, bums in seats at departure time please.
  • Pleae be ready 15 minutes prior to departure time at your hotel...remember no food or beverages in our vehicles.


Skip the line-ups of the big bus!  

We travel in smaller groups and offer door to door service.

Save money!

adult / sENIOR   $68

18 + years

yOUTH    $40

13 years to 17 years

cHILD     $21.90

5 years to 12 years

all subject to 5% GST

All passengers must wear a seatbelt.  Sorry we can not offer transportation for kids that require booster chairs or car seats. We love kids and their saftey is our first priority  we do not provide carriers of any kind.

Twilight &

We are confident you’ll agree these fireworks are amongst the best in the world. Guaranteed to dazzle you.
Firework display is choreographed to music that is sure to delight you.
The sky will burst with colour but pay attention to the ground displays too, a pure pyrotechnic extravaganza!​
We depart 15 minutes after the Fireworks or 9:30pm which ever is earliest.

October  we depart at 10am and Noon

 December we depart at 2pm & 4pm

From downtown Victoria

Details coming soon.

Visited The Gardens before?  
There's so much more to see.
Why not hop on one the eco-friendly boats for a tour.
We're locals and think these tours are fabulous!
Take a stroll through the tranquil Japanese Garden.
Afternoon Tea is highly recommended. 
Shall we make you a reservation?




We arrive before the crowds,  just when the gate opens.
Enjoy the splendor of the rose garden with its full bloom excitement. Early in the day you are sure to see one of the gardeners in action. A team of over 50 gardeners ensure these famous gardens are maintained to the highest standard.

Pickups are

15 minutes prior, please be ready!



What's included?
*Butchart Garden entry ticket - Yes!
*Air conditioned Vehicle *NEW
*Local entertaining guide
*Small groups 14 or less
*Longer TIME in gardens
*Reserved seat​- both ways
*Garden map- Many languages.
*What's in bloom today
*Tips on what to do and where to find things?
*Commentary along route - early days of Butchart Gardens till present

* Skip the big bus line ups!

Please no food or drink in our vehicles

Please be ready 15 minutes prior to pickup time

Island Time Tours


Pick your times when you click your date.

Because we move in smaller numbers we reserve your return seat as well. If you want a longer visit please just call or talk to your driver, if space is available, no problem, we're happy to accommodate.  250-477-3322

We suggest visiting the gardens before sunset then experience twilight when the illumination of the gardens begins.
The concert lawn comes alive with evening entertainment at 8pm nightly.
Still time to stroll the gardens again before departing.
Entertainment included in admission ticket price!



Shuttle to the Butchart Gardens