Enjoy an Amazing Encounter with Butterflies on Vancouver Island

Parks & Gardens

One of the most interesting attractions on the south end of Vancouver Island is the Victoria Butterfly Gardens in Brentwood Bay. Its main feature is a tropical greenhouse that serves as sanctuary to more than 4,000 butterflies of 75 different species.

This attraction is a great place to bring the kids: the butterfly garden is designed to educate visitors about the life cycle and flight activity of tropical butterflies.

How Many Different Tropical Plants and Animals can You Spot?

The facility also includes a full tropical rainforest ecosystem, including a variety of plants and animals:

  • flamingoes
  • chameleons
  • poison-dart frogs
  • geckos
  • tree frogs
  • tropical birds
  • red footed tortoises

There are also giant Koi swimming in the ponds and streams throughout the area, and the tropical plants include 250 species of orchids, and a featured display of carnivorous plants.

The 12,000 square foot indoor facility has computer-controlled light, temperature, and humidity to simulate a tropical rainforest. To ensure a balanced ecosystem, it’s maintained without the use of chemical herbicides or pesticides.

Guided Tours and other Services will add to Your Experience

  • There are guided tours offered daily at no extra charge. Tours are educational and will help you make the most out of your trip.
  • Don’t leave without dropping by the unique themed gift shop, winner of the 2010 Eco Star award.
  • There is also a complimentary shuttle service to Butchart Gardens, one of the most outstanding Victoria Gardens on Vancouver Island.

The Victoria Butterfly Gardens is only a five-minute drive from the equally famous Butchart Gardens, and 25 minutes away from downtown. It’s located at 1461 Benvenuto Avenue, in Brentwood Bay.

To check out transportation options to reach Victoria, check out our Vancouver Island travel page.

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Publisher of Amazing Vancouver Island. Doug grew up in Kamloops and Vancouver. He is also the President of KIAI Angency, an Internet Marketing and Branding agency in Vancouver. He is an avid photographer and you can see his many pix of Vancouver Island on Flickr.

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