Our Trip to Canada (Part 2) : The Butchart Gardens

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Are you ready to explore my favorite place in Canada?  If you missed Part 1 of this two-part travel post, you can find some pretty pictures here.
In my last post I mentioned that my favorite spot from all the areas we visited in Canada is a place in Victoria, BC called the Butchart Gardens.  It’s truly a hidden gem that you can visit by hopping on a ferry in Canada OR Seattle- win!  A few people had recommended this spot to us, but it wasn’t until the second day of our trip that we decided we should go (yes, we really are last minute planners when we feel we can get away with it, and yes, that really is something I’m trying to stop doing!). On our last day in Canada we bought our ferry ticket and headed over to Victoria.Right as we got off the ferry I felt the small town vibes.  We didn’t stay in the charming downtown area for long since we wanted to spend as much time as we could in the gardens while there was still daylight, but we did make time to eat lunch at a little Swedish cafe where I had the best tomato bisque soup I’ve ever tried.  Great, now I’m craving tomato bisque soup . . .

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Even in December when the flowers were not in full bloom and the sky was overcast and dreary this place was still amazingly beautiful.  We knew we were visiting in the off season, but that actually worked in our favor because we had the whole garden to ourselves!  The experience of walking through the giant garden in the quiet was incredibly zen.
Another bonus of visiting in December was experiencing the 12 Days of Christmas light display.  It was so beautiful and it totally made me feel like a kid on a treasure hunt as we went searching for each display representing each day from the 12 days of Christmas.  And then there was also the experience of listening to carolers and a brass band singing/playing Christmas music while bundled up in our winter coats and enjoying a latte.  The whole experience was quite magical.  I would definitely go back, and my vote might be to visit in the Winter again!


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