1. Butchart Gardens
What is it: This is Victoria’s most famous tourist destination, with 55 acres of pristine manicured floral displays and a zillion selfie opportunities. February and March come along with daffodils, tulips and hyacinths; summer is a riot of showy annuals; and winter brings along with it holiday lights and a skating rink. A warning: this is not a destination for the seasonally allergic.
Why go: Fireworks, live music performances and picnic-friendly lawns provide a reason to stay beyond sundown (bring a coat or warm sweater, even in the summer), when the lit-up Japanese garden and illuminated Quarry Fountain turn the atmosphere into pure romance.