Day trip to Victoria BC and Butchart Gardens

Victoria, BC, on Tue May 10 at 7:30AM

Tuesday 7:30 am. Meet in Esprit Lobby. Passport or Enhanced Drivers License is required. The total excursion will cost you about $115 which is NOT included in your Esprit fee.

COVID-19 VIRUS ALERT: As the COVID-19 virus pandemic may still be impacting travel between the US and Canada, this event may be cancelled. Please watch the Esprit site for more information.

Victoria BC Trip and High Tea at Butchart Gardens

This year we will again travel to beautiful British Columbia for High Tea and a full day of sightseeing. You will want to wear your finest frock (the Gardens has a dress code) and of course a beautiful hat. An extra bag is suggested to carry walking shoes as a tour of the various gardens involves plenty of walking. When we disembark from the Coho ferry, we board a cab to convey us 14 miles north to the Gardens. There will be plenty of time to take in the Gardens either before or after High Tea.

Of course, you can join the group just for the ferry, enjoy Victoria and meet back up for the return trip.


The Gardens

The Butchart Gardens is one of the world's premier floral show gardens. Jennie Butchart began to shape this magnificent landscape in 1904. She established, in the style of the grand estates of the period, several distinct gardens to evoke a range of aesthetic experiences. An abandoned limestone quarry was transformed into the dramatic Sunken Garden, a reflection of the early 20th-century beautification movement and an exceptional achievement in Canadian gardening history. Through successive generations of the Butchart family, The Gardens has retained much of its original design, and continues the Victorian tradition of seasonally changing the outstanding floral displays covering more than twenty acres!!.

Due to increased border security requirements, you WILL NEED at least a PASSPORT or an ENHANCED DRIVERS LICENSE for Customs and Immigration. The Coho Ferry fare is about $38 round trip. Cab fare is about $45 each way (divided by 4-5 passengers). The Garden admission is about $22 which is required for High Tea. The Gardens High Tea is about $33. We will meet in the Registration Area around 7:30 AM for the 8:00 AM sailing. The return ferry leaves Victoria at 4:00 PM and arrives at 5:30. Note that a small US border entry fee may apply to non-US citizens (see Travel Information, Traveling Across the Border).

Presenter Info

Stephanie Avion - Trip leader