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Victoria Butterfly Gardens: A Tropical Jungle Experience in the City

Victoria Butterfly Gardens offers one of the most unique experiences for you to enjoy while visiting our beautiful city. Many people visit for our wild beauty, our magnificent gardens and our incredible wildlife. But a jungle experience? Yeah, we bet you didn’t see that one coming! And yet, that is exactly what the Victoria Butterfly Gardens delivers. 

The Victoria Butterfly Gardens is a delightful place for young and old alike to immerse themselves in the beauty of a tropical jungle up close. It is small enough not to tire of walking and large enough to hold thousands of wonderful surprises. 

You cannot walk through here without smiling!

If you think this attraction is similar to a zoo or an aquarium where you can look but not get too close, you will be pleasantly surprised.

Step inside the 12,000 square foot (that’s nearly 3 basketball courts) climate-controlled facility and be prepared to encounter over 3000 tropical butterflies and birds flying freely throughout the facility.

If you’re lucky one (or more!) may even land on you. 

Butterfly Gardens, Victoria BC

In addition, there are tropical birds, flamingoes, ducks, iguanas, poison dart frogs and tortoises. And of course, beautiful tropical flowers and carnivorous plants for the insects, reptiles and animals to live among. 

Butterfly Gardens, Victoria BC
Butterfly Gardens, Victoria BC
Butterfly Gardens, Victoria BC
Butterfly Gardens, Victoria BC
Butterfly Gardens, Victoria BC

And if all this jungle wonder wasn’t enough, they recently opened an insectarium. With insects and invertebrates from around the world, it is a creepy crawler lovers dream. Definitely not my highlight but my son and nephew were appropriately impressed. 

Butterfly Gardens, Victoria BC
Butterfly Gardens, Victoria BC

Not only will you experience the incredible creatures up close, but there is so much to learn if you are interested. The staff are happy to share their knowledge about the many different species of butterflies and the lifecycle from egg to butterfly. Another cool fact about the gardens is that many of the creatures living there are rescue and donation animals – what a fabulous place to call home after being surrendered.

Some people have critiqued the gardens for being too small, or not having a lot of creatures. In fact, the Victoria Butterfly Gardens is one of the largest in North America so we’re not sure what they expected.

One explanation for what some claim is a lack of butterflies is the fact that they are more active on a sunny day. So, if you come in on an overcast day or winter evening there may be less activity. But they are still there – just resting on the trees and flowers. In fact that was exactly the case of this last visit - overcast on a February day which is why there are so few photos of butterflies!

As for the size of the facility, you can get through door to door in about 30 minutes - but the only reason to do that would be to catch a ferry!

Seriously, if you are curious and stop to appreciate everything the gardens have to offer, we think your tour will take a minimum of one hour and more likely closer to 1.5 or two hours. 

Butterfly Gardens, Victoria BC

Is Victoria Butterfly Gardens Worth It?

So, if you’re wondering if this is just a tourist trap or an attraction truly worth a visit, I can tell you this – they offer annual passes that are very well utilized by the locals. These gardens are a fun, educational way to spend an afternoon in Victoria whether you are visiting or live here. See you soon!

Butterfly Gardens, Victoria BC
Butterfly Gardens, Victoria BC
Butterfly Gardens, Victoria BC
Butterfly Gardens, Victoria BC
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