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BLOOMING BEAUTIES Garden touring on the Island


ith its mild temperatures and stunning setting, it’s no wonder Vancouver Island is a haven for gardeners. From beautiful formal spaces to gardens reflecting the wild, West Coast, the Island’s gardens are, quite simply, gorgeous. Best-known of all British Columbia gardens is the world-famous Butchart Gardens, and a visit to this National Historic Site of Canada is a must. Still in the Butchart family

after its founding more than a century ago, the 55-acre garden is open daily. The everchanging spectacle of blooms and floral displays delight guests year-round, in addition to a wide variety of seasonal treats, including entertainment, summer’s night illuminations and Saturday evening fireworks, and a spectacular holiday light-up each Christmas season. Spring is the season of cherry blossoms

and a stunning display of more than 300,000 bulbs while summer brings a riot of colourful blooms and autumn is beautiful with the changing of the colours of trees and foliage – especially the Japanese Garden, the first in North America, created by Jennie Butchart and Isaburo Kishida. Come winter, it’s the Magic of Christmas, Dec. 1 to Jan. 6, a magical display of Christmas lights and decorations, complete with

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Beaver Lake Resort 250-749-7792

J&V’s Burger & Pizza 250-749-7411 162 South Shore Road

Greendale Riverside Cabins 250-749-6537

Kidd’s B&B 250-749-7790

Country Grocer – Lake Cowichan 250-749-6335

The Studio By Us 250-749-3298 226 Grants Lake Road

Cowichan Lake Sports Arena 250-749-6742

South Shore Boat Storage 250-932-2004

Footwear Centre 250-749-3721 42 South Shore Road

Vancouver Island Labour Services 1 866-779-9946

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Deep Fried Ice Cream Impossible 122B South Shore Rd, Lake Cowichan 250-710-6923


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Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce Visitor/Business Centre

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What to do. What to see. How you get there.

2016 Vancouver Island Visitor  

What to do. What to see. How you get there.