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The Empress Gardens & Lawn

Unwind with a leisurely stroll through our famous flower- filled grounds, lined with blooming beds flitting with butterflies and well-manicured greenery, maintained year-round by our hardworking gardening team. The Empress front lawns are the most photographed in Victoria — also the site of our annual Veuve Cliquot Garden Party. In spring, the bright tulips waving in the breeze are nothing short of dazzling, and in summer, our fragrant Rose Garden is a guest favourite. Enjoy fresh, aromatic herbs and honey flavouring our menu dishes and craft cocktails, harvested from The Empress rooftop garden, which houses a sizable honeybee colony.

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Beacon Hill Park’s Children’s Farm

Beacon Hill Park is an easy 15 minute walk from the Empress. Along with great playgrounds for both big and small children, a duck pond and beautiful walking trails, the park is also home to Beacon Hill Children’s Farm.
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Honeybees

Within the rose garden, just north of the main entrance, you’ll find 10 bee colonies during the summer months. Each one has 50,000 bees. They help pollinate the flowers in the garden, the herbs in our rooftop garden and they produce nearly 700 pounds of honey every year!
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Parks Guide

Victoria is home to dozens of gardens and provincial, regional and municipal parks, including some of the most famous in Canada.