Butterflies yes; but a whole lot more! Both interesting and fun along with the unexpected: parrots, turtles, fish plus a whole host of beautiful flowers and friendly, knowledgeable staff always willing to assist and inform you. Do take your friends and family here.
— 5 Stars - Reviewed June 2016

The gardens

Victoria Butterfly Gardens offers a unique opportunity for people of all ages to experience the beauty and curiosity of a tropical jungle up close. As you wander through our tropical jungle, we want you to meet our family. With surprises at every turn, you’ll encounter poison dart frogs, tortoises, large iguanas, flamingos, tropical ducks, free flying tropical birds and more. We house a large variety of tropical fish swimming in our serene pond and stream circulated by a stunning waterfall. Thousands of tropical butterflies (up to 70 species) fly through our large facilities the size of almost 3 basketball courts. Stroll through and marvel at our lush gardens including tropical flowers, carnivorous plants and fruits of the world. Your jungle adventure awaits.

Conveniently located just five minutes from the world-famous Butchart Gardens, Victoria Butterfly Gardens offers a fun and educational experience for the whole family. With our ever-changing tropical rain forest environment, there is always something new for everyone of all ages to discover.


our animals

Learn the story behind some of our favourites and find out how they arrived in our gardens.

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Butterfly guide

Discover some of the butterfly species in our gardens and identify by name and markings.

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Plant catalogue

Learn about and identify some of the rare and beautiful plant species in our gardens

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Hours of Operation

Dec 31 - March 5:     10AM – 3PM     Explore until 4PM
March 6 - September 30:    10AM – 4PM    Explore until 5PM
October 1 - December 15:    10AM – 3PM    Explore until 4PM
December 16 - 30:    10AM – 4PM    Explore until 5PM

We are open 364 days of the year for all public holidays except Christmas Day (December 25).


admission rates

INFANTS (0-4) 

Complimentary when accompanied by an adult (19+)



Enjoyable & educational for the whole family!



Contact us for rates & details

Adults (18-64)



Students (13-17) or (valid student ID)






Children (5-12) 



Annual Passes

Great member benefits and experience the seasonal changes of the jungle.


*Rates are shown in CAD$ and do not include GST.

**For the safety of our younger guests, no child under the age of 14 years will be admitted into the gardens without adult (19+) supervision.

***Note that guest pets are not permitted on premises with exception to licensed service animals with documentation.

How to get here

Directions by Car

From the BC Ferries terminal at Swartz Bay — drive south on the highway and turn right at McTavish Road, then left on West Saanich Road through the village of Brentwood Bay to Benvenuto Ave and a right turn. We're on that right turn corner.  View Map

From Victoria — Drive north on the Patricia Bay Highway #17, then turn off the highway at Keating Cross Road (Exit 18). Keating Cross Road changes into Benvenuto Avenue at West Saanich Road. View Map

FREE parking is available for all types of vehicles, including RVs.

Direct Shuttle

Bus service from downtown Victoria and select hotels provided by  - 250.386.8652 or 1.877.578.5552

Bus service from downtown Victoria and select hotels provided by  - 250.386.8652 or 1.877.578.5552

Public Transit

To arrive by Victoria Public Transit, view the bus schedule or call 1.800.382.6161 for schedule and route information.


We are proud to be a wheelchair accessible operation; however, the doors to our facility and gardens do not open automatically. This is due to CFIA regulations that are in place to keep the butterflies from escaping. Our staff will be happy to open doors to the facility for those who need assistance.

We'd love to hear from you!
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Conveniently located just five minutes from the world-famous Butchart Gardens.

Toll-Free +1.877.722.0272  General 250.652.3822    Fax 250.652.4683

Email info@butterflygardens.com
Group Bookings customerservice@butterflygardens.com

1461 Benvenuto Avenue
Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1R3

General Manager            Ronalea Rischmiller

Gardens Manager           Kurtis Herperger

Media Inquiries               Danielle Smeltzer


Commercial Film & Photography


Commercial photography, videos and movies/films are permitted in or on the grounds of Victoria Butterfly Gardens with express consent from The Truffles Group. Interior areas used for a commercial photo or video shoot may be subject to a facility rental fee. Filming for video or movies must be scheduled in advance and must occur within designated areas only due to sensitivity of the gardens. Special insurance may be required.

For full policy and information on commercial rental, please click here