Butchart Gardens and Salt Spring Island Canada / Travel / Victoria

Just 30 minutes north of downtown Victoria, Canada, lies the world-famous Butchart Gardens. With a Japanese garden, Italian garden, rose garden, and more, all within a beautiful setting of trees, fountains, and statues, it’s a lovely place to spend a day. During our visit, the weather was perfect, if not a bit on the hot and sunny side, and we spent several hours walking around and enjoying the flowers and trees.

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And I got to try out my flower photography skills. Here are some of my favorites (the rest you can see at the bottom of the post).

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We ate lunch at the Italian restaurant there afterward, which was delicious, and saw a bird feeding her babies in a nest. So sweet! You can see the footage of it in the video at the bottom of this post.



From Butchart Gardens, a 20 minute car ride and a 45 minute ferry ride will take you to Salt Spring Island, a laid back island with great hiking, a crunchy (there’s that word again) market, and beautiful scenery. While on our hike, Marie spotted a very camouflaged frog, and a black snake with green stripes (also in the video) — good eyes! And we saw an otter as well.

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We also toured a goat cheese farm where we enjoyed samples of many kinds of cheese and then had some creamy goat milk gelato.


Then we got tacos from a food truck and enjoyed them at the playground by the harbor.



Here are some of my other favorite photos from Salt Spring Island.

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Next up: Vancouver.

Brandon is a location independent entrepreneur, musician, worldschooling father, and the principal author of this blog. He's all about reaching his potential and enjoying life to the fullest in each moment.


  1. I’m so glad you’ve caught the photo bug – and you’re getting so good with the camera. Love the photos and seeing how much fun everyone is having. You’ve been to Butchart Cardens twice now – both in summer… sometime you really need to visit in the fall when all of those japanese maples are flaming red. It’s pretty incredible. Each season at the gardens holds a special beauty.

    Good eye, Marie! Love seeing wildlife in their natural habitat, as opposed to in a zoo…

  2. Jennifer Pearce Says: July 13, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    I’m so glad Emily spotted the momma bird feeding her babies at the gardens. We would miss out on a lot without the keen eyes of our daughters! Such beautiful sights and experiences. I always love strolling through beautiful flower gardens and scenery, and it’s a special treat when we can see so much wildlife along the way. Beautiful photos and video! :)

  3. Hi the Pearce family!

    Thank you for sharing your amazing adventure… and so quickly!
    The pictures are marvelous! The weather must have been wonderful… very sunny it seems. I love the flowers and the boats. It’s so romantic! And of course the pictures of your beautiful girls! They’re growing so quickly!
    Are you going to keep posting a video every Thursday? I love those videos!

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