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2476 Mt. Newton Cross Roads
Saanichton, BC V8M 2B8
Phone: (250) 652-1146
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Island View Beach is located on the eastern coast of Vancouver Island, on the Saanich Peninsula. The beach, a stopover for migratory birds, is a haven for bird watchers. Though this beach is an ideal place for basking in the warm sun, it is usually windy here throughout; carrying warm clothes is advisable. The southern portion of the beach comprises of the Island View Beach Regional Park, that offers camping grounds, picnic areas and refreshment facilities.
Explore the beautiful Victoria Butterfly Gardens that are a flourishing attraction for both locals and tourists. You can find here various species of butterflies and moths along with crimson flamingos and fish. The gardens are a computer controlled facility but created with the same natural habitat of the animals. This wonderful artificial rain forest has about 75 kinds of butterflies frolicking in an arrays of colors that are a spectacular sight. There is also a learning center here that gives information about these flying delights and other animals in the gardens. Call ahead for more details.
The Butchart Gardens is a beautiful historical site, still owned by the family to this day. You can come and admire the 55 acres of flowers and foliage. If you get hungry head to one of the three restaurants. The Butchart Gardens also hosts fantastic events. Open times for some days may vary, please check the website for full schedule.
More than just an aquarium, the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre is a marine education center and focuses on the unique ecosystem of the surrounding Salish Sea. They operate as a non-profit community facility and are supported through admission tickets, grants and donations.
Located in the heart of Brentwood Bay, The Butchart Gardens is a premier group of gardens that attracts a million visitors every year. The gardens were initiated by Jennie Butchart who set-out to convert the exhausted limestone quarry into the Sunken Garden. Since then, various gardens and attractions have been added by her and the following generation of the Butchart family. These include the Italian garden, the large rose garden, the picturesque Ross Fountain and two totem poles. Besides, the garden is also home to a number of bronze statues modeled after animals such as the wild boar, donkey and foal. There is also the kid's Pavilion and the Rose Carousel that comprises collection of live wild animals such as zebras, ostriches, boars and horses. The Butchart Gardens is a designated national historic site and is a perfect place to visit anytime of the year. Check website for admission prices and opening hours.
Located to the north of Saanich, Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park occupies 434 hectares (1,072 acres) of central Vancouver Island. The park was created around the two lakes: Elk Lake and Beaver Lake in 1966. During the early 20th Century, this place was famous for these two lakes, however in the 1950s, attention shifted towards preserving natural sites, which was when this was transformed into the beautiful Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park. Numerous recreational activities are available at this park, like swimming, boating, hiking, cycling, picnicking and horse-riding.
At the Bamberton Provincial Park, one can indulge in swimming or boating in the waters of Saanich Inlet. Here, you can also enjoy paddle boating, kayaking, canoeing, picnicking and so forth.
Originally designated a park by Governor James Douglas in 1858, the Mount Douglas Park gives access to everything from the amazing 360-degree views from the top of Mount Douglas at 213 meters (700 feet) down to the shores of Cordova Bay.
The Lambrick Park Church is an orthodox local community church, started in 1964. The church supports missionary work both locally and abroad. It is traditional and contemporary in its belief at the same time. Sunday services is accompanied by heading to Cafe Suburbia for coffee after service. The church also guides its faithful through various discourses for marital happiness, single parenthood and widely on religious topics.
The two lakes Upper Thetis and Lower Thetis together make for the Thetis Lake. This lovely lake is located within the Thetis Lake Park and offers activities like canoeing and so forth.
The Hudson’s Bay Company had its headquarters in Victoria. It was known as Fort Victoria and was used for fur trading. Built in 1843, this historic fort was in use till 1864. It was demolished thereafter, but remains to be honored as the National Historic Site of Canada. It was designated so in 1924 because of its high historic value.
The Craigflower Manor House is located near Victoria, British Columbia. The Georgian Revival style building was built in 1853 by the Hudson's Bay Company as accommodation for their workers. Today, the house is run as a museum that presents one with local Victorian history. The agricultural patches around the house also allows one a glimpse of the local culture. The experience is sure to be informative and enlightening.