The Hidden Costs of Visiting Butchart Gardens: Entrance Fee and More

Butchart Gardens is a world-renowned tourist attraction located in Victoria, British Columbia. Known for its stunning floral displays and beautiful landscapes, the gardens attract millions of visitors each year. However, before planning your visit, it’s important to understand the costs involved beyond just the entrance fee. In this article, we’ll explore the hidden costs associated with visiting Butchart Gardens.

Entrance Fee

First and foremost, let’s talk about the entrance fee. The cost of admission varies depending on the time of year you visit. During peak season (May 1st to September 30th), the entrance fee for adults is $33.00 CAD while children between 5-12 years old are charged $3 less at $16.50 CAD. Seniors aged 65 or older are charged $31 CAD.

During off-peak season (October 1st to April 30th), adult admission drops slightly to $26 CAD while children are charged only $2 less at $14 CAD.

It’s important to note that these fees may change without notice so it’s always best to check their official website before making a trip.

Transportation Costs

Butchart Gardens is located roughly 21km north of Victoria International Airport and approximately 15km from downtown Victoria. This means that transportation costs can add up quickly if you’re not careful.

If you’re driving yourself, parking fees will cost an additional $3 CAD per hour or $25 CAD per day during peak season (May through September) and slightly less during off-season (October through April). Alternatively, visitors can take public transportation such as city buses or tour buses which can cost anywhere from $5-$20 per person each way depending on the distance traveled.

Food and Beverage Expenses

While there are multiple restaurants available on site at Butchart Gardens ranging from casual cafes to fine dining options, the prices can be quite steep. A light meal at the Blue Poppy Restaurant can cost upwards of $20 CAD per person while a full course dinner at The Dining Room Restaurant can easily surpass $100 CAD per person.

If you’re looking to save some money on food and beverage expenses, consider packing a picnic and enjoying it in one of the many designated picnic areas within the gardens.

Souvenir Shopping

Lastly, souvenir shopping is an inevitable expense for most visitors. From postcards to garden ornaments, there are plenty of items available for purchase at Butchart Gardens’ gift shops. Prices vary depending on the item but expect to pay higher than average tourist prices.

In conclusion, while Butchart Gardens is undeniably a beautiful place to visit, it’s important to factor in all of the hidden costs before planning your trip. By being aware of these additional expenses such as transportation costs, food and beverage expenses, and souvenir shopping, you can plan accordingly and avoid any unexpected surprises.

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