Spectacular summer

June 15–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 entertainment, you can enjoy The Gardens as the backdrop for our Night Illuminations display, concerts and Saturday night firework shows through July and August.

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Firework Saturdays

Every Saturday through July and August, you can experience a jaw-dropping firework show from the comfort of our fireworks lawn. Gasp, clap and laugh through the original aerial and ground production, pioneered by Jennie Butchart’s great-grandson, Christopher, and choreographed to music to delight and awe.

Dates & Times

Saturday, June 30           10:15 PM
Saturday, July 7               10:00 PM
Saturday, July 14              10:00 PM
Saturday, July 21              9:45 PM
Saturday, July 28             9:45 PM
Saturday, August 4          9:30 PM
Saturday, August 11          9:15 PM
Saturday, August 18         9:15 PM
Saturday, August 25        9:00 PM
Saturday, September 1     8:45 PM

Private Viewing

Heighten your fireworks experience with private seating. You have a bird’s eye view of the show, including expedited entry to The Gardens, reserved parking, and reserved seating in our private viewing area. Subject to availability.

Rates

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

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 if you can’t arrive early.

 

What if it rains?

The fireworks are scheduled rain or shine. We recommend wearing warm, waterproof clothing and bringing a blanket for the ground. You can 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 our visitors’ views from the lawn.

 

Can I bring my dog?

We welcome dogs! However, for their comfort, we highly recommend keeping pets at home for Firework Saturdays, as the noise can be distressing. If your pet is travelling with you, you can 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.

 

Can 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.

Boat Tours

Backing on to the immaculate floral display of The Gardens is the rugged shoreline of Gowlland Tod Provincial Park. In the summer months, explore the history and wildlife of the Tod Inlet on a 45-minute boat tour, and take in the sites of our local waters, from grandiose homes and charming boats to seals, eagles and herons.

Dates & Times
  • Boat tours operate May 19 to September 15.
  • Boat tours depart every 15 minutes from 11:00 AM to 5:15 PM. All tours are subject to availability.
  • There are no boat tours at 2:00 PM or 2:15 PM.
  • The last boat tour departs at 5:15 PM.
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes before departure.
  • The Firework Saturdays boat tour schedule varies.
  • You can purchase your boat tour tickets at the Visitor Information Centre or at the wharf. Tickets are not available prior to arriving at The Gardens.
Rates

Adult:  $19.75 + tax
Youth: $15.25 + tax
Child: $12.00 + 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, our Night Illuminations display comes to life, showcasing the artistic display of light and shadow as thousands of subtle lights transform The Gardens into a magical retreat. Arrive in the late afternoon to see The Gardens alive in the day then grab a snack, enjoy the nightly entertainment, and stroll through The Gardens illuminated after dark.