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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.

Other Activities You May Like

Gardens & Parks
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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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Butchart Gardens

Enveloping you in lush greens and colourful blooms, The Butchart Gardens is a must-see oasis over 100 years in the making.
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Victoria Bug Zoo

The Victoria Bug Zoo opened its doors in 1997 and has been showing visitors of downtown Victoria our awe-inspiring bugs ever since.