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8 Editor’s letter 10 Thinking Outside the (Crop) Box 15 Glow Report 10 16 Smooth Sailing 20 Let It Ride 24 POP! Art 30 Sea Keepers 34 Queen Street West 37 Paws on the Peninsula 38 Meet our Advertisers 20

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Angela is an award-winning journalist, poet and freelance writer and editor. She has always been fascinated by other people’s stories, and is excited to be able to more deeply explore the Peninsula in her writing, particularly in her home community of Sidney.

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Darcy is a freelance writer, a multiple award-winning author, book editor and publisher, and a writing instructor. Words are her passion and and she hopes to use them to tell other peoples’ stories.

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EDITOR’S LETTER SUSAN LUNDY

A time to slow down

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s I sat in the emergency room at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, the first diagnosis came back: concussion. For at least a week there would be no reading, writing, iPhone Scrabble, or even complex conversations. Walking was unlikely. But most important… I would have to turn off my brain. My husband Bruce and I burst out laughing. My brain is king. It doesn’t turn off. I am the woman who checks off work to-do items in my mind as I try to fall asleep. I carry a detailed, colour-coded calendar in my head, not to mention myriad ferry schedules and a steel trap memory. I am the go-to person in the household for information; Siri can’t hold a candle to me. Turn off my brain. Ha. Good that we were still laughing, though. Hours earlier I had taken a tumble down a flight of stairs at a Vancouver hotel, first shattering my elbow as I landed on it and then concussing my head as I careened into a concrete wall. I was still processing life with a concussion when the elbow diagnosis came in. Surgery was scheduled for the next day: the bones would be wired together and a plate and pins attached. I would go home with a weighty, elbow-toshoulder cast and complex-looking sling. And as it turns out, the cocktail of painkillers over the next week ensured my brain stayed safe and cosy and pretty

much turned off. And even without the medicine, it just didn’t function. It took me a week to focus enough to watch Netflix, 10 days to read, and almost two weeks before I could play iPhone scrabble.

SO LIFE HAS SLOWED DOWN. AND MAYBE THAT’S THE LESSON—BECAUSE THERE IS MOST CERTAINLY A LESSON. The fact that turning my brain off was my biggest concern back there in emergency is amusing now as I try to train my left hand to do the bidding of the right. Sometimes as I sit with a tangle of twisted shirt around my neck and arms, I realize I really should get better at asking for help. Things are tricky with the wrong-hand: try brushing your teeth, heck, try putting toothpaste on your toothbrush. Try using your wrong hand on a mouse or mouse pad. And computer dictation, which I am using to write this, as well as all my emails and texts, isn’t much faster. So life has slowed down. And maybe that’s the lesson—because there is most certainly a lesson. Now, when I find

myself frustrated by the amount of time something is taking, I find myself breathing in and saying, “But what does it matter? The one thing I have right now is time.” And so I slowly navigate my computer using dictation and my left hand; I empty the dishwasher one item by one; I painstakingly clear my dinner plate with a left-hand-held fork; I even fold laundry … at a snail’s pace. Instead of creating long to-do lists every day, I am setting smaller goals. And slowly, things have changed. Maybe even for the better. Instead of rolling out of bed and going straight to my home office computer on these glorious summer days, I am drinking my morning coffee outside with my bare feet planted on the earth, revelling in the glorious scenery around me. Ironically, as I consider the lesson of “slow down,” I realize I took that fateful staircase because I was in an old building and the elevator was slow. The stairs would be faster … a better use of my time. Hmmm. I’m also feeling a lot of gratefulness. I am so thankful for all the people who have been my right hand these past several weeks, including those who helped put out this edition of Pearl, from copy-editing, proofreading and inserting missing commas, to coming up with headlines and producing photo captions. Hope you enjoy this issue of Pearl and take the time to slow down and enjoy everything this season has to offer. P

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“IT’S TRULY AMAZING HOW MUCH WE PULL OUT OF THE GROUND. WE’RE ALWAYS PLAYING TETRIS IN THE FIELD, SEEING WHAT CROPS WE CAN FIT IT,”

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alk through any of the farmers’ markets in Victoria or the Saanich Peninsula, and you’ll immediately be surrounded with plump carrots, dusky red beets, purple-striped bulbs of garlic and all manner of leafy greens, to name just a few of the exquisite produce options. The local food movement has grown to the point where it’s no longer unusual to be on a first-name basis with your farmers, and locally grown company Saanich Organics has been on the forefront from the beginning. “It’s a business run by three farmers,” says Robin Tunnicliffe of Sea Bluff Farm, who spearheads the company along with Rachel Fisher of Three Oaks Farm and Heather Stretch from Northbrook Farm. The three women took over the business in 2001 from their mentors, Tina Fraser and Rebecca Jehn, who initially started it three years earlier with the intent of getting as much fresh, healthy and local certified-organic produce as possible onto tables in and around Victoria. And what started as a relatively small operation has since expanded into a thriving supplier to restaurants, grocery stores, farmers’ markets and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) boxes to the vast majority of the Greater Victoria area. “We’re an example of successful, small farms,” says Robin of

the collaboration. “We each run our own farm, and then Saanich Organics works as the marketing arm for all the produce, which then gets distributed throughout Victoria.” It opens up opportunities to each farm that likely wouldn’t be financially feasible if they were working independently. “We’ve collectively hired a truck driver, adminstrator and an accountant,”says Robin. “I feel like we’re able to split up the tasks and share the investment, and it enables us to stay small, and still allows us to do a larger amount of business.” “Staying small” seems to refer strictly to the land size they’re working with though, because their production has been consistently increasing, and to a surprising degree. Robin’s own Sea Bluff Farm does a survey with Statistics Canada that comes back with some very interesting results. It has about five acres in production, Robin tells me, but when Stats Canada tallies the production from all the crops, they say the yield comes from twenty-five acres. That’s five times what could be expected of a normal yield. And Three Oaks and Northbrook are similarly intensively planted. It might be a small footprint, but it’s making an impact in the local food supply available on the Island with two big cube vans full of produce being moved out every week.

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“It’s truly amazing how much we pull out of the ground. We’re always playing Tetris in the field, seeing what crops we can fit it,” says Robin with a laugh. “Rather than a more traditional farm, we harvest fiftytwo weeks out of the year. August is more of a second spring, so we’re harvesting out our main crops and then quickly getting our winter seedlings in.” The potatoes come out and the winter carrots go in. Garlic comes up and winter endives, radicchio and pickling cucumbers are readied for the dirt. In the fall, winter spinach gets planted while turnips, rutabaga and parsnips are harvested. The CSA boxes run year round as well, with a short break in January, and with an abundance of carrots, rutabaga, squashes, dried beans and freezer berries, the winter boxes are just as varied as the summer ones. “We actually get a bigger waiting list for the winter boxes,” says Robin. “We’re always looking for ways to grow more and experiment with winter crops. I’m pretty passionate about the winter growing, so I’m trying a


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All single malt scotches are government priced or better! lot of new cauliflowers and cabbages this year.” “We all grow what grows best on our farms,” she adds. “I’m on a bigger acreage, so I can afford to do a bit more potatoes and squash and corn, and things that need a lot of space. Whereas Heather — when she took over her family’s land there was a blueberry operation — so she focusses on the berries as well as the vegetables, and then Rachel does a lot of greenhouse crops, so she does tomatoes and peppers really well.” But while there is some variance in what the three grow, there’s also a large amount of overlap, says Robin, and that redundancy ensures that Saanich Organics is able to provide a guaranteed consistency in their CSA boxes and their supply to restaurants and groceries. “We each have a different micro-climate, so we can weather different challenges,” she says. “If we experience a crop loss, or have a bad year, the other growers have those crops.” “Our skills as growers are increasing the longer we’re at it,” says Robin. “And the movement along with us has been building. We used

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to have markets that started at the beginning of June, and they’d be over at Thanksgiving. Then they were moving into April, and now it’s year round.” “We’re definitely very aware of our context of being on an island, and having a vulnerable food supply,” she says. “Every little bit helps, and a lot of our customers really appreciate what we’re doing. We have a large following of creative and culinary-minded customers who are willing to try it.” And it’s not just the people eating the produce that are influenced; it’s the boots on the ground at the actual farms as well. “One big contribution Saanich Organics makes is we churn out a lot of new farmers,” says Robin. “That’s a really gratifying aspect of what we do. Seeing our former apprentices and employees take over new plots of land and sell beside us at the farmers’ market.” “It’s something we take very seriously, the mentorship we provide to the community.” To get involved: Signing up for Saanich Organics CSA program is one of the best ways to support the local food movement on the Peninsula. It gives the farms a predictable cash flow and helps with their yield projections, and you get a weekly box of farm-fresh, local and certified-organic veggies and fruit. If you’re more the type who likes to pick your own produce, visit Saanich Organics’ stalls at the James Bay Market until September 29, or at the Moss Street Market year round. For more information, visit saanichorganics.com. P

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IT HAD BEEN SURPRISINGLY EASY TO CYCLE THE 35 KILOMETRES ON ROADS, ALONG FOREST TRAILS, ON FOOT PATHS, UP HILLS AND DOWN HILLS. E-BIKES ARE REVOLUTIONARY, I CONCLUDED — THE BEST WAY TO TRAVEL.

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hat a brilliant start. We had cycled only a few kilometres under a sparkling sun with glorious views of farmlands decorated by seductively long shadows and, in the distance, the Salish Sea. And it was so effortless. I was hooked, convinced there is no better way to travel than by electric bicycle. Our group of four had gathered at the Roost Vineyard Bistro & Farm Bakery earlier that sunny Saturday morning for the Strawberry Cycle. After practicing with our e-bikes we headed south along East Saanich Road to explore the Saanich Peninsula. Nothing beats a bicycle for view (no windshield), silence and accessibility, I realized, as we angled onto Wallace Road. Just before Stelley’s Cross Road our tour guide, Steve Duck of the TIDES Destination Group — who looked like a pro in his colourful biking outfit — turned west onto a hiking trail through the forest at Centennial Park. Suddenly it was dusky with large, impressive trees surrounding us like giant guardians. Emerging, we cycled into the Peninsula Country Market from the backside, passing corrals of sheep and

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horses. An eagle soared into a tall Douglas fir as we strolled amid the approximately 50 booths laden with farm fresh products, jams and jellies, honey, homemade breads, cut flowers, assorted fresh meats, organic produce and myriad arts and crafts. My eyes bulged at this wonderful display of the richness of the Saanich Peninsula. We munched on large, fresh strawberries picked that same morning, as a musician sang and plucked a guitar on a central stage. Back on our bikes, we continued south past a colossal climbing wall at Stelley’s High School and along pathways meandering through farm fields, eventually arriving at Symphony Vineyard on Oldfield Road. Sitting in the garden with views down a manicured slope to marching rows of a vineyard, we were guided through wine tasting. A tough choice, but my favourite was a barrel-aged Pinot Gris with notes of pear, honey and citrus. We headed south into the rolling Bear Hill area. The road narrowed, sometimes down to a trail, and the forest became thicker and more mysterious. As we wound back and forth, up and down, it felt as though hobbits and leprechauns could be lurking in the shadows, watching us. I had never been here before, but now I was cycling effortlessly and totally enchanted by this magical terrain. Back on the road, we headed east. Although the typical speed on flat parts was in the low 20-kilometres per hour, on one downhill stretch my speed soared to 43 km/hr! And it was so easy, I forgot to pedal up one hill. Soon we were on the popular Lochside Trail, heading north. It was delightful to pass other cyclists as we glided by a shed with five enormous pigs and the Grouse Nest Farm Stand, which sold plants and potting soils on the honour system. A hand-lettered sign said: “Pls Don’t Steal.” At the Michell Airpark, model planes were landing and taking off as we chatted with members of the Victoria Radio Control Modelers Society. Arriving at Michell’s Farm we purchased, of course, a box of fresh strawberries. Delicious! The adjacent food truck, Harvest Road, was busy, serving dozens of cyclists.


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The lunch stop was at Tonolli’s Deli, operated by two Hungarian sisters. My Toscano panini with salami, pecorino cheese and olive tapenade on herbed focaccia was great, and the European dessert pastries simply rocked. With full tummies, we rolled to Category 12 Brewery on Keating Cross Road. The brewery was bustling with cyclists resting their weary muscles (non-electric bikes) and quenching their thirst. We joined them and tasted beers with clever names like Simplicity, Critical Point, Disruption and Mainframe. Refreshed, we continued north to Gobind Farm where the tables overflowed with boxes of freshly picked strawberries, loganberries, tayberries and more. My mouth and hands ran red. Farther north we pulled in at Marsh Farm where you could pick all sorts of vegetables, including kale, artichokes, garlic and much more, each in its own raised and labelled bed. With all of us helping, it only took a few minutes for one of our group to fill a bag with basil leaves. We mounted our steeds and pulled in shortly after at the Roost. But the ride wasn’t over yet. Sitting in the Vineyard Bistro sipping a Laird’s Highland Bramble, a blackberry wine bursting with flavour, I had time to reflect on the odyssey. It had been surprisingly easy to cycle the 35 kilometres on roads, along forest trails, on foot paths, up hills and down hills. E-bikes are revolutionary, I concluded — the best way to travel. The ride had also immersed us in the incredible beauty and richness of the Saanich Peninsula. Considering ourselves fortunate to live in one of the finest areas in the world, we raised our glasses to toast Steve and the Strawberry Cycle. What a wonderful way to explore Saanich and discover its treasures. And we loved the ripe, fresh strawberries! P If You Go (and you should!) Bicycle tours of Saanich: TIDESgroup.com Rent or buy an electric bike: pedegovictoria.ca

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t’s a warm evening on the Saanich Peninsula. The sun is high over the waves of green country, with pops of light and shadow patterning the land. I’m cruising along a backcountry road on my way to the McTavish Academy of Arts – more fondly known as the Academy to residents of the area. The converted elementary school on McTavish Road has become a community hub since its inception in 2016. This evening I arrive at the Academy to interview its resident artist, Lucas James Copplestone. Lucas is the owner and operator of LJC Art, a mixed-media company specializing in pop art portraiture, hand-pressed screen printing, graphic design and music. I hop out of my car and admire the outside of the Academy. The exterior walls, which were once uniform grey, are now a kaleidoscope of yellow, blue, pink and charcoal – reflecting the Academy’s signature colours. Inside, it is entirely void of any institutional impression, but that sacred energy you can only get from young minds learning, thriving and exploring their own potential has been expertly preserved. Old classrooms have been converted into yoga, dance and multimedia art studios, where a variety of classes are offered. There is a music hall that operates as a venue for events ranging from weddings to comedy nights, and it offers extensive views of the back field onward to Salt Spring Island. Lucas’s large art studio is flooded with natural light that washes over an enormous screen-printer in the centre of the room that is surrounded by easels with in-progress paintings in the artist’s signature pop-art style. Lucas and his dachshund, Freddie, welcome me into the studio. Lucas is nothing short of vivacious; his charisma bounces off the walls into his art and our conversation. “When I was in grade nine I went to art class and I made a vase, and the teacher gave me a C,” Lucas tells me. “My dad is an incredible artist, so I took in one of his paintings to show the teacher who thought it was just incredible, and I told her my dad thought my vase was incredible,” Lucas laughs cheekily. “My dad always said, ‘You can’t put a grade on art,’ so I stopped doing art and creating in school at that point.” Lucas grew up in a creative household, where all of his family members were artistic in their own right. “Where there was a TV in other houses, there was a drum kit in ours,” he explains. After high school, Lucas pursued a career in the business side of aviation, influenced by his dad who was a designer for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. He landed a sales job in the industry. While home base for Lucas remained in Sidney, BC, his family continued to take summer trips to his dad’s home in South West London, England to visit family.


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“My dad would take me to all the major art galleries. I remember walking up the stairs at the Tate Modern in London one day in 2008, and I saw this big picture -- it was called “Wham,” by Roy Lichtenstein. It was a pop art picture of my favourite airplane, a P-51 Mustang, and I thought: ‘That is so cool, I want to do that,’” says Lucas. Returning from that summer’s trip, Lucas began painting. “My dad always had art supplies and canvases around, which enabled creativity at any time,” the artist explains. Lucas began his career painting by creating a number of pictures inspired by Roy Lichtenstein’s Wham, and quickly honed his skills in pop art. “I’m not great at blending colours. I like big sharp pop art. Silhouettes and big streaks of colour. I like things oversized,” he explains. Lucas held his first art show called Rhythmic Vibrations of Colour and Sound in the industrial side of Sidney in 2009 and put all of his paintings up for silent auction. “We sold 14 pieces and we actually did pretty well,” Lucas says with a smile. “So I left my sales job and started painting.” Lucas was eventually commissioned to paint 100.3 The Q! radio station’s contribution to Victoria’s 2010 Eagles in the City campaign benefiting the BC Lions Society’s Easter Seal Services. Lucas painted a rock-and-roll-themed eagle called Radio Dada. It went on auction live at the Eagle Gala and it sold for over $15,000. “All of my closest friends were at the auction that night and the sale

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sparked the creativity in our crew. It gave the others momentum to begin creating. We started to focus more on the connection between art and music. My home in Sidney has always been an art-friendly environment, so we started hosting Art Night on Wednesday evenings,” says Lucas. For over two years Lucas hosted anywhere between 10 and 30 people at his home for Art Night, where art was expressed through music, painting and cooking. Throughout that two-year period, Lucas continued to develop his own artistic talents. His pop art paintings were gaining an international following with pieces commissioned all over the world, and his paintings of iconic rockers were internationally renowned with fan favourites including Frank Sinatra and Jimi Hendrix. “I love painting these icons because you turn on their music while working and get to hang out with them for a while, and catch a glimpse of who they might have been,” Lucas says. Dedicated to continuing to develop his creativity, Lucas also began a successful hand-pressed screen printing business. “I got into hand-pressed screen printing for two reasons. One because what an easy way for me to move my art around the city: on a T-shirt. A T-shirt sells for 30 to 50 bucks, and now my art is out there. The art is on the t-shirt moving around the city. Also, I am really into Andy Warhol – the old story of Andy Warhol – and how he screen printed, all hand-pressed,” says Lucas. “People now want to create their own brand or fashion line. We work with them to create that. They’re then monetizing their art and creativity right away.” Lucas has worked with local fashion brands including Sitka and was commissioned to do a screen-print wrap of Victoria’s Canada 150 fire

truck. Lucas is also heavily involved in the art community of Sidney contributing to the city creatively and through consultations. Eventually, Lucas and his two closest friends – now partners in the academy – Sean McNeill and Carl Joosse, got together and decided it was time to find a proper place to enable creativity at any time. “Carl, who lives in Toronto, was looking to invest in property on Vancouver Island, so he said he would look for one with a barn or facility of some sort to accommodate the art nights which were becoming more and more popular. We ended up finding the elementary school and that is how the Academy was born,” says Lucas. The academy has continued to grow and has enabled Lucas to inspire locals to invest in themselves creatively. “The idea behind the Academy was to create a place for people to harness creativity and feel their best creative self. To know that their creativity has value and that they have the ability to monetize that into the future, or simply just create in a safe space. There are so many people who come to the Academy who don’t even know they are artists. Now they call themselves an artist. Whatever your medium is, whether it’s dance, yoga, culinary, agriculture, acrylics, screen printing – art is endless. Art is the way we set the table and make dinner,” says Lucas. As our interview comes to a close, Lucas walks me through halls that are lined with an array of work by local artists, effectively filling the space with an undercurrent of energy that makes the school feel full even on this quiet night. I am filled with the impulse to create. Lucas is no doubt self-aware and a bona fide expert in his many crafts – but as I leave the Academy I wonder if he knows that beyond his tangible art he has also designed a pretty impressive ripple effect in the Saanich Peninsula arts community. P

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these boats are fairly old now, and the second, third and even fourth owners realize the boats are still solid even if the motor, cosmetics and electrical are dated.” Canoe Cove made one of the first all-fibreglass boats ever produced. In the 1960s, the company entered into a licensing agreement with Bertram Yachts to produce the so-called 20 and 25 versions. These Raymond Hunt-designed boats were cutting edge at the time because of their sea-keeping and construction techniques. Many would argue the 20 was the best boat ever designed. And those in the know will say you can’t beat the durability of a 1960s vintage 20. Nothing proves that point more than a phone call Phillips took the day before our interview. “I received a call from someone who inherited his grandfather’s


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explained Phillips. “By the mid 1990s, the company could no longer be profitable with its then current business model. Don Matheson and I joined forces and revamped the company to make Canoe Cove Manufacturing more service oriented.” But before the 90s revamp, Canoe Cove was top of the line when it came to manufacturing boats. In 1968, Canoe Cove developed the Bertram 37 and the 41. The 41 Tri Cabin is one of the most iconic Canoe Cove boats on the coast. “We built almost 200 of them,” Phillips said, “and they were sold all over, but most stayed right here in the Pacific Northwest.” As the years progressed, the boats got larger. “In 1970, we built the 45 and the 53. From a volume point of view, the 53 is actually twice the size of a 41. Then in 1984, newer boats were built, the 42 and the 47. These boats had all the appealing characteristics of the 41 in that they were stalwart, tracked well and were fuel efficient with a progressive styling. Then in 1989, we purchased some large tooling and built two larger boats, a 68 and 072. All our boats have very livable interiors and are very sea worthy.” Phillips loves the 20-foot Bertram that he built for himself. “It’s fairly well tricked-out. The only thing it doesn’t have is a head [toilet],” he said and then laughed. “I buy my wife a brand new red bucket every season.” While he enjoys time on the water, Phillips spends most of his time at Canoe Cove Manufacturing. “I love my office here,” he said. “The marina has such a natural beauty. One of my customers recently told me I had the most comfortable office in North Saanich. I didn’t point out to him that it was the old ice house and that it is freezing in the winter and sweltering in the summer. We do have a great view, though!” After hours of servicing and sourcing parts for customers, Phillips is ready for his favourite part of the day. “In the summer when this very active yard slows down at 4:30 pm, I love to stick around. The phone stops ringing and you can take in the peacefulness of this special place.” Every now and then, Phillips does escape from his office. He hops in his boat and rendezvous with other Canoe Cove boat owners. Fortunately, weather is never a factor, thanks to the great sea-keeping of a Canoe Cove manufactured boat. P


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SKYVIEW INDUSTRIES

Proudly serving Greater Victoria and the Gulf Islands for over 30 years. Spa sales, supplies & full service. Buy Canadian, and get the best, for less! See ad on page 33.

bUTCHART GARDENS Open every day of the year, The Butchart Gardens has been enthralling visitors for over 110 years with its stunning 55 acres of floral display gardens. See ad on page 39.


Spectacular Summer Evenings

The perfect time to visit! All included in your admission*

Night Illuminations and Summer Hours until 10pm June 15th â&#x20AC;&#x201C; September 15th

As dusk falls Night Illuminations transform The Gardens into a wonderland Nightly Entertainment and Saturday evening Fireworks Through September 1st

Open daily at 9am Victoria, British Columbia, Canada butchartgardens.com

*12 Month Pass does not include Admission on Firework Saturdays and Special Event Days


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Special Features - Pearl - August/September 2018  

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Special Features - Pearl - August/September 2018  

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