Spectacular summer

June 1–September 15

From colourful florals in the day to subtle plays of light and shadow in the evening, summer offers breathtaking drama from dawn past dusk. With our Spectacular Summer Evenings, you will enjoy The Gardens as the backdrop for our Night Illuminations display, evening entertainment and 10 Firework Saturdays beginning June 29.

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10 Summer Firework Saturdays

Every Saturday evening, from June 29 – August 31, bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy our world-class firework show with your friends and family. Each show features original aerial and ground displays designed and choreographed to music, by Jennie Butchart’s great-grandson, Christopher Ross. Fireworks are included with your admission to The Gardens.

Dates & Times

Saturday, June 29           10:15 PM
Saturday, July 6               10:00 PM
Saturday, July 13             10:00 PM
Saturday, July 20             9:45 PM
Saturday, July 27             9:45 PM
Saturday, August 3          9:30 PM
Saturday, August 10        9:15 PM
Saturday, August 17         9:15 PM
Saturday, August 24        9:00 PM
Saturday, August 31        8:45 PM

Private Viewing

Heighten your fireworks experience with seating in the private viewing area. Enjoy close parking, and reserved seating. Subject to availability.

Rates

Adult : $250 + tax
Youth: $230 + tax
Child: $218 + tax
Add-On After Admission: $215 + tax

Please call 250-652-4422 ext 320 to reserve.

Frequently Asked Questions

When should we arrive?

Fireworks Saturdays are a popular night! Because volume can cause delays at the entrance, plan to arrive early. If our parking lots are full, vehicles will be denied entry. However, we always welcome foot passengers traveling by bus, taxi or limo. BC Transit runs a bus to The Gardens from downtown Victoria.

How much does it cost?
Fireworks are included with your admission ticket to The Gardens. There is no additional charge to see the fireworks.

I have a standard 12 month pass, is it valid for Fireworks?

Standard 12 month passes are not valid for fireworks shows. You may upgrade your regular 12 month pass to a fireworks 12 month pass at any time, including Firework Saturdays.

What about the weather?

The fireworks are an outdoor event and happen rain or shine. However, they can be influenced by the weather. Rain or wind may result in small changes to the performance. We do not issue refunds. Should if rain, we recommend wearing warm, waterproof clothing and bringing a blanket for the ground. You may also purchase a blanket at The Gardens, and borrow one of our umbrellas.

Can I bring a lawn chair?

Yes! The majority of our seating is on the fireworks lawn, so we welcome our guests to bring blankets. If you’d like to bring a lawn chair, we have a designated seating area for your convenience that won’t obstruct those visitors sitting on the lawn.

Can I bring my dog?

Although we welcome dogs, we highly recommend keeping them at home on Firework Saturdays. If your pet is travelling with you, we advise you to take them to your vehicle before the show, always leave windows open enough for air to circulate and closed enough to keep them safely in the vehicle.

May I visit The Gardens in the day and come back for the fireworks at night?

Because Firework Saturdays are so popular, we do not allow readmission.

Entertainment

Every night through July and August, you can take in a live performance from our outdoor stage on the Concert Lawn. Nestled amidst lush trees, the stage is the heart of The Gardens in July and August, playing host to a variety of performers, from talented bands to ballet and more.

Click here to view the Entertainment Calendar.

Electric Boat Tours

All summer long, enjoy an electric boat tour departing frequently from our wharf. Explore the local waters surrounding The Gardens during a 45-minute tour while your captain points out historical sites and wildlife of the area including seals, eagles and otters.

Dates & Times
  • From the third Saturday in May to May 31.
    • Departs every 15 minutes from 11:00AM to 1:45PM and 2:30PM to 4:15PM
  • From June 1 – September 15
    • Departs every 15 minutes from 11:00AM to 1:45PM and 2:30PM to 5:15PM
  • On Firework Saturdays
    • Departs every 15 minutes from 11:15AM to 3:00PM and 3:45PM to 7:30PM
  • All tours are subject to availability.
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes before departure.
  • Boat tour tickets may be purchased at the Visitor Information Centre or at the wharf.
  • Tickets are not available to purchase prior to arriving at The Gardens.

 

Rates

Adult:  $20.50 + tax
Youth: $15.75 + tax
Child: $12.25 + tax

*12 Month Passholders and families (up to two adults, plus immediate dependent children and youths) receive $2 off all boat tour rates.

Night Illuminations

As dusk settles, over 3000 subtle lights transform The Gardens into a magical wonderland, showcasing an artistic display of light and shadow. Included as part of your admission.

  • Viewing until 11:00pm every night from June 1 through August 31
  • Viewing until 10:00pm every night from September 1 -15

Arrive in the late afternoon to see The Gardens in floral splendor, enjoy a meal or snack, then take in the evening entertainment, before finishing your visit with a leisurely stroll through The Gardens illuminated after dark.

June 1 – September 15