Butchart Gardens Express Shuttle

Victoria’s most famous attraction awaits you to discover!

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World famous Butchart Gardens is a wonderland containing spectacular theme gardens, exotic plants, streams and ponds. Ross Fountain, the famous Sunken Garden, Rose Garden and Japanese Garden are sure to create a lasting impression.

Sightseeing Victoria has created a number of departures between downtown Victoria and Butchart Gardens, allowing you complete flexibility to explore this amazing attraction at your own pace. Your ticket provides access to any of the departures listed below from either Victoria or the Butchart Gardens and with direct express access between the two destinations you’ll have more time to explore.

An extra feature for those who are visiting Victoria on a Saturday from June to August is the Saturday night hidden lights and Fireworks display that truly transform this fantastic landscape. On these days we extend our shuttle service to allow for visitors to take in this amazing experience.

  • Butchart’s famous Sunken Garden, Rose Garden and Japanese Garden
  • Night Illuminations include the lighted Ross Fountain
  • Thousands of lights cast a magical glow
  • Evening entertainment through July & August
  • Firework Saturday evenings in July & August
  • Butchart Gardens admission
  • Traditional Afternoon Tea (additional fee)


  • Victoria Butterfly Gardens showcases hundreds of free-flying butterflies
  • Hundreds of ornate plants including an exquisite orchid display
  • Indoor tropical garden


Experience: Only in the Summer, on Saturday nights

All ten summer Saturday nights feature a jaw-dropping, dazzling Firework show with both aerial and ground displays choreographed to show tunes.

The Butchart Gardens firework shows began in 1977 and continue to be one of The Gardens’ most popular draws. The show times and dates vary from year to year, so please check below for the detailed schedule. The same show happens each Saturday but changes from year to year. If you’d like to get a sense of what our firework shows are like have a look at postings on YouTube and Flickr.

After the show linger a while to enjoy the Night Illuminations and a half hour live recital from the rare Aeolian Pipe Organ situated in the loft of the Organ Pavilion.


2017 Fireworks Show Times coming soon

2016 Fireworks Show Times:

July 02 – 10:15 pm  –  July 09 – 10:00 pm  –  July 16 – 10:00 pm

July 23 – 9:45 pm  –  July 30 – 9:45 pm  –  August 06 – 9:30 pm

August 13 – 9:15 pm  –  August 20 – 9:15 pm

August 27 – 9:00 pm  –  September 03 – 8:45 pm

 FROM $64.85



Saturday Night Fireworks





May 01 - June 14, 2017 & September 03 - September 30, 2017 (Please reconfirm times with Agent upon check in)

Depart Empress Leaves the Gardens   
9:00 AM11:00 AM
10:00 AM12:00 PM
11:00 AM1:00 PM
12:00PM2:00 PM
1:00PM3:00 PM
2:00 PM4:00 PM
3:00PM6:00 PM



The Butchart Gardens Express June 15 - September 02, 2017 (Please reconfirm times with Agent upon check in)

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