The Butchart Chronicles : May 16, 2015

Boat tours at a garden?

Eco-friendly electric Boat Tours

Two Worlds so close together: the beauty of our floral gardens and the rugged natural beauty of the waters and shoreline of Gowlland Tod Provincial Park. Don't miss a chance to experience The Gardens and surrounding area from a different perspective!

From May 16th to September 15, enjoy a 45-minute natural adventure, exploring the history and wildlife of Tod Inlet and the local waters of Brentwood Bay. Wildlife you may see include seals, herons, eagles, and otters in their natural habitat on the waters of Brentwood Bay and Tod Inlet. You will also learn of The Gardens beginnings as a limestone quarry and its adjoining cement plant.  Read our boat tour brochure or view a video of an actual tour.

The Jennie B

May 18th is FREE TOUR DAY!  We will run 30 minute tours on this day from 10am through  4:20p m on a first come, first served basis.  With the commissioning of our third tour boat, we will be able to do some double-sailings this year. Our 12-passenger electric boats depart from the dock each half hour beginning at 11 am through 4 pm (except on May 18th). Beginning in mid-June our final tour of the day will start at 5pm. (additional sailings on Summer Firework Saturdays).

Sea gulls in Butchart Cove

2015 Prices*:  Boat Tours operate from 11 am - 4 pm. (final tour leaves the Wharf at 4pm) Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to departure times.

Adults - $18.25 plus tax, Youth (13-17) - $14.25 plus tax, and Child (5-12) - $11.25 plus tax.

Special Family Rate (up to 2 Adults and immediate dependent children from 5-17 years old): Adults - $16.25 plus tax, Youth (13-17) - $12.25 plus tax, and Child (5-12) - $9.25 plus tax.

12-month pass holders receive $2 off the regular price. 

Please note: Children ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Rates are quoted in Canadian dollars.

* Admission to The Gardens is required.

Read more about boat tour and start times.