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.
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).
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.
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.
Next up: Vancouver.