Our journey across Canada by train via the Rockies ended in Vancouver where we has a few days to explore or just relax. Vancouver was what I call a ‘walk able city’. No need for expensive taxis. once you have figured out the grid system it was easy. Gastown , Chinatown and Stanley Park were all within walking distance of our hotel in downtown.
One of the highlights of our stay was a trip across to Vancouver Island to visit Butchart Gardens.
These gardens were started in 1904 by Mrs Jennie Butchart the wife of a cement manufacturer. When her husband moved to the area to quarry limestone Jennie decided to to design a new garden on their property. When the limestone ran out Mrs Butchart decided to continue her project by landscaping the quarry and transforming it into a sunken garden.
As the gardens became more popular they were filled with thousands of plants from around the world.
Today, the gardens are quite formal, with the Italian Garden and the Rose Garden.
We visited in the month of September and a lot of the blooms were past their best. Unless you were a ‘dahlia enthusiast’
Here are a few of my images.
It was very peaceful despite the crowds and a ‘must place ’to visit if you are ever in Vancouver.