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Sightseeing Attractions

The Gardens at HCP (Horticulture Centre of the Pacific), located 5 minutes away from Arbutus Hill Bed and Breakfast, is a non-profit organization. It manages 103 acres for the purpose of cultivating public interest in sound gardening practices, demonstrating the diversity of plants that can be grown in this area, preserving natural plant and animal habitat, and providing a unique environment for preparing students for careers in horticulture.

The Centre of the Universe is the public interpretative centre at the Victoria bed and breakfast Centre of the UniverseDominion Astrophysical
Observatory. There are interactive exhibits, a tour of the Plaskett Telescope, a Starlab
Planetarium and a theatre presentation of the universe. In summer months, there are evening
star-parties when visitors see in real-time what the large telescope sees.

Mount Work Regional Park This popular recreation spot offers a variety of landscapes and activities. Three lakes offer swimming, canoeing and fishing. 11 km of hiking trails lead through forest to the summit (446 m) of Mount Work. A separate area, Mount-Work Hartland, has multi-use trails open to mountain biking.

At Butterfly Gardens hundreds of exotic butterflies fly free in an
indoor tropical rainforest. The life cycle of a butterfly is shownVictoria bed and breakfast butterfly gardens
and the garden features many colourful flowering plants, exotic
birds and waterfalls.

Wineries Explore a local winery and become an expert on wine tasting.
Church and State Wines
Muse Winery
Marley Farm
Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse

Butchart Gardens There are 55 acres of beautiful floral displays and spectacular views. The gardens were started in 1904 by Jennie Butchart and are still maintained by her family today.

Mattick's Farm is a longtime Victoria experience located 10 minutes from Arbutus Hill Bed and Breakfast. It includes a tea garden, many country and specialty shops, galleries, a fresh produce market, garden centre and BC wine shop.

Mattick's Farm Mini Golf offers two spacious 18-hole miniature golf (putting) courses located in a beautiful treed setting.

Mount Douglas Park features several hiking trails lush with ferns and wildflowers under towering Douglas firs and cedar trees. Trails lead to the summit with a spectacular 360 degree view of Victoria, the peninsula, the islands and the Olympic and Cascade Mountains in the State of Washington. If you don't want to hike all the way up, it is possible to drive up and walk the last few metres to the lookout.

Elk/Beaver Lake This popular recreation area offers outdoor opportunities for everyone.
It is enjoyed by swimmers, windsurfers, sailors, water-skiers, fishers and rowers. Some
park trails are designated multi-use, for hikers, cyclists and horseback riders, while
others are for hiking only. The 10-km trail goes around both lakes. The fishing float
provides lake access for people with walking disabilities.

Saanich Commonwealth Place is a great spot for families to have fun and relax from busy
sightseeing schedules. It was built for the 1994 Commonwealth Games and features a large
indoor recreation centre with an Olympic-size pool, wave pool, large slide, diving pool, sauna,
hot tub, meeting facilities, gym and exercise rooms.

Shopping areas nearby Broadmead Shopping Mall houses 45 shops including a large grocery store, Canadian Tire, gift shops, clothing stores, pharmacy, several coffee shops and restaurants. Royal Oak Shopping Mall is a smaller neighbourhood mall but has all the necessary services such as a large grocery store, gift shops, pharmacy, gas station, coffee shop and restaurants. Both are outdoor malls.


Sidney is a small vacation and retirement community near the Victoria International Airport at north end of the Saanich Peninsula. There are several attractions of interest:

Mineral World is a store but also an Interpretive Centre that offers a range of hands-on activities that teach about Earth Science. In the Scratch Patch, you can dig for gemstones, shells, fossils or do some goldpanning.

Historical Museum in Sidney The museum is devoted to the history of the early lives of Sidney and North Saanich pioneers, portrayed through photographs and artifacts.

Sidney Summer Market Every Thursday evening from June to September, Beacon Avenue in the town of Sidney closes from 5 – 9 pm to make room for the summer market. Shopkeepers have stalls out on the street, lots of people come to look, buy and listen to music. There is good food, drink and a definitive festive atmosphere in the air.

Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, Sidney Learn about the mysteries of the ocean as you walk through a 10,000-square-foot aquarium showcasing hundreds of fish, invertebrates and marine plants of the Salish Sea. Peer into microscopes as friendly 'oceaneers' share their knowledge of the ocean ecosystem. Be mesmerized by drifting jellies, wolf eels, octopus and more. It's hands on/hands wet learning at its best.

Sidney Spit - Sidney Island is across Sidney Channel from the town of Sidney. During
the summer, it can be reached with a small foot-passenger ferry leaving Sidney on the
hour during the summer. It takes 20 minutes to get there after which you can enjoy the
white sandy beaches, hike across the island or have a picnic near the docks. There are
no cars on the island. For more information on the ferry, phone 474-2448.

British Columbia Aviation Museum Located next to Victoria International Airport, the museum houses many interesting aircraft, engines, pictures, models and artifacts, many of them from the wars that Canadians fought. An historical display shows the airport as it was during its time as a Commonwealth Air Training Centre.

Peninsula Country Market This market is held from June to October on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm at the Saanich Fairgrounds in Saanichton.

Heritage Acres The Saanich Historical Artifacts Society is dedicated to collecting, restoring, housing and demonstrating artifacts from Saanich's rural past. There is a large collection of household, agricultural and industrial artifacts. Oats are still grown with the old methods in the open farm fields to raise funds. There are trails, picnic areas and numerous old buildings to look at.

Golf courses

Cordova Bay Golf Course located at Mattick's Farm offers year-round golfing for the beginner and the professional. It includes a covered Driving Range, practice course with sand bunkers and chipping area, and restaurant and lounge. The Ridge Course, a 9-hole par-3 course, is part of the same facilities and located across Cordova Bay Road. Adjacent to it is an 18-hole grass putting course.

Mount Douglas Golf Course is a popular year-round 9-hole par-31 course located in the Blenkinsop Valley.

Royal Oak Golf Club features a 9-hole year-round public golf course.

Prospect Lake Golf Course A 9-hole par-32 golf course situated on the shores of the small picturesque lake for which it was named.

Ardmore Golf Course is a 9-hole par-34 course located along West Saanich Road near Victoria International Airport toward the north end of Saanich Peninsula.

Glen Meadows Golf Course is a semi-private club open to the public daily for golf, tennis, breakfast, and lunch. The 18-hole course is a par-72 championship layout. It is family owned with a true country club atmosphere.

Bird-watching websites

Rithet's Bog contains the last remaining peat bog on the Saanich Peninsula and is a great bird-watching location.

Blenkinsop Lake birding is good year-round, but it's at its peak from May to September when migratory birds are in residence.

Birding in British Columbia is a starting place for birding information for British Columbia, Canada.

The birding is excellent year-round at Swan Lake, but it's particularly good in late winter/early spring when the lake floods and expands into a wide, waterfowl-welcoming marsh.

Esquimalt Lagoon is a federally designated migratory bird sanctuary. Double-crested Cormorants and other shorebirds use an island in the middle of the lagoon for a favourite roosting place. There are many other species to observe here.

Seabirds and shorebirds are the main birding attractions at Island View Beach Regional Park. In spring and fall, you can watch migratory seabirds, some of them endangered, grazing in the grass or probing for worms and clams in the sand.

Restaurants near Arbutus Hill
The Fireside Grill
The Med Grill
The Olive Grove
Crooked Goose Bistro
The Village
Little Thai Place
Fonbo restaurant

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