Destinations Magazine - May/June 2018 - 51
The Greatest Gardens?
Butchart wows a million
rs. Butchart liked to garden. And she was good at it-so good, in
fact, that thousands of people began flocking to her estate to see
her rapturous roses and heavenly hyacinths. Today, ABA member The
Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island greets more than a million
guests each year. A "don't-miss" destination, it's a National Historic
Site of Canada. USA Today, Condé Nast Traveler, and National
Geographic all rave that it's one of the world's most beautiful gardens.
The Butchart Gardens is in a sheltered valley and is a four-season destination, with events ranging from summer fireworks and nightly concerts to
a holiday spectacular featuring "12 Days of Christmas" displays. A relatively
new addition to The Gardens is the Rose Carousel, featuring 30 handcarved animals ranging from zebras and bears to ostriches.
Groups of 25 or more receive a discount. To learn more, contact The
Gardens at (250) 652-4422, ext. 320, or email groupres@butchart
■ The Butchart Gardens
Three Valley Lake
'GOLDEN' MUSEUM AND
Go back to gold rush days and sleep
off the adventure
THE BUTCHART GARDENS.
RICH TIMES IN RICHMOND
Vancouver gets the lion's share of the province's media and tourism
attention. But only 25 miles away, your group will find Richmond.
It has a lot to roar about, too. (It's also only 25 miles from the U.S.
border and is home to Vancouver International Airport.)
Want your group to experience Asian influence in Canada? Sixty
percent of Richmond's population is of Asian descent. Chinese
New Year makes a big bang here, and its two Asian summer night
markets are world-renowned. Many foodies think the city has the
nation's best Chinese food. After all, there are more than 400 Asian
restaurants here. For itineraries-and group dining options-
contact Tourism Richmond's Manager of Travel Trade Sales,
Teresa Rempel, at (604) 821-5479 or trempel@tourism
■ Tourism Richmond | www.tourismrichmond.com,
Trapper Joe's Cabin, St. Stephen's Church, and the Golden
Wheel Saloon-all are haunts to intrigue any group at
Three Valley Gap Heritage Ghost Town in Revelstoke,
located midway between Vancouver and Calgary off Hwy. 1.
A gold rush here came and went in 1862, bringing hordes
of settlers and leaving behind ghost towns when the boom
went bust. This ingenious destination keeps those days
alive with more than 25 historic buildings. Plus, there's
an antique car museum and one of the continent's largest
covered railway roundhouses.
Your group will find the 200-room Three Valley Lake
Chateau resort adjacent to the historical park. It has awesome mountain views, the Bell Gardens, and its namesake,
Three Valley Lake, where guests can water ski, sail, or
windsurf. For group info, call (888) 667-2109 or email
■ Three Valley Lake Chateau and Gap Heritage Ghost
Town | www.3valley.com, (888) 667-2109
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