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Address: 1401 Rockland Ave, Victoria, British Columbia V8S 1V9, Canada
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Government House is owned by the Crown in Right of British Columbia, and is...

Government House is owned by the Crown in Right of British Columbia, and is the residence of the Lieutenant Governor of the province.

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US$90.97*
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1-Hour Luxury City Tour of Victoria
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2-Hour Luxury City Tour of Victoria

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Lovely gardens

We stopped here hearing the gardens were nice. Surely they were. The property quite big with rose gardens, Japanese gardens and paths with other types of flowers, trees and... read more

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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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84 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stopped here hearing the gardens were nice. Surely they were. The property quite big with rose gardens, Japanese gardens and paths with other types of flowers, trees and bushes. The view from the back of the house is lovely, as it is on a hill and you can see the ocean. You could probably walk there from downtown in... More 

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Michigan
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95 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Free! Walked the gardens, saw the Olympic Mtns. in the distance, glaciatic rocks, fresh air. All for the cost of a cheap taxi ride from the Fairmont. An alternative to a trip to Butchart Gardns.

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Thank familyvisitor09
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12 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

I am always amazed at how few people come here considering it's free and the views of the Olympic mountains are absolutely stunning. There are so many beautiful flower beds and native Garry Oak habitat down below. I recommend this spot to tourists and locals alike - it really is a special spot and only a twenty minute walk from... More 

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Longmont, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were there early, so missed the blossoming flora, which must be delightful in all the gardens on the grounds. Be sure to walk around the back for a spectacular vista overlooking the Sound and points west. We didn't go inside so we're not sure what we missed.

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Thank O2730CLdaniels
Victoria, Canada
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87 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you come to Victoria do take a trip to Government House. It's palatial, historic and the gardens are picture perfect. They serve High tea, all Volunteers, 'hidden secret'. Great tea house on the grounds of Government house. Prices are so good, a must to visit.

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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Too early for many flowers to be out, but we had a nice sunny day and very much enjoyed the vist. We a few days early for tour of the the house.

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Thank happyvisitor7007
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was invited to an event here and was so pleasantly surprised with the beauty of the grounds and the interior. Take full advantage of the open gardens especially the lovely fragrant rose garden.

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Thank Wendy H
Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

House closed when we went there. Gardens lovely and all maintained by volunteers. Good restaurant and historical displays mist interesting.

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Oakville, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

lovely grounds to walk around. Beautiful gardens - rose garden, rock garden. The house was closed at the time of my visit but the gardens were worth the walk around.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Government House grounds are simply amazing. I especially love the diversity of the grounds, from the garry oaks to apple orchard to duck pond. You can spend an hour or more exploring the grounds. It is an easy walk with well maintained trails. The best part is that the grounds are primarily taken care of by volunteers in the community.... More 

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