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Iconic Places: The Butchart Gardens of Victoria, B.C.

Spring is just around the corner, and on verdant Vancouver Island, a technicolor wonderland is awaking from its winter slumber. One of the most popular attractions on the island, The Butchart Gardens are so well known and internationally regarded that they have been designated a National Historic Site of Canada.

In the early 1900s, Robert and Jennie Butchart moved from Ontario, Canada to Vancouver Island to develop a quarry for producing cement. They built their home adjoining the quarry, and when the limestone deposits had been exhausted, Jennie Butchart decided to transform the land into something beautiful. The empty pit was filled with soil and she began building a magnificent garden. In the ensuing years, the Butcharts created additional gardens on their land, working with renowned gardeners to create stunning displays and filling it with exotic birds. Today, the gardens see close to a million annual visitors coming to marvel at the living legacy of the Butchart Family.

Even if your incentive program to British Columbia is scheduled for a different time of year other than the Spring, you can always enjoy the many seasonal moods of the gardens. The fall colors paint a magnificent scene when blossoms fade, holiday light display illuminates the grounds in December, and the Spring Prelude indoor garden delights visitors during the cooler winter months.

There are many special opportunities for incentive groups to enjoy the Butchart Gardens, with exclusive garden tours and plenty of space for private events that accommodate a large range of group sizes. A fun tradition on Vancouver Island, tying in its roots in British culture, is to include a high tea experience in your itinerary. Vancouver Island is just a short hop from the city of Vancouver via seaplane or ferry boat, and the Butchart Gardens are close to the delightful city of Victoria.

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