The Crystal Garden Conservatory Center

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by travel2000 on April 16, 2002

Crystal Garden is a tropical rain forest inside a glass-roofed conservatory featuring more than 65 species of rare and exotic flowers and plants, alongside birds, bats, over a hundred animals and various reptiles. Upstairs, between the months of April and October, there are also free-flying butterflies, a breathtaking scene. At the waterfall and Koi Pond, there are goldfishes, especially enjoyable for young kids.

This wonderful glass hall was built by who else but the famous architect of Victoria, Francis Mawson Rattenbury. When it was first opened in 1925, it boasted the largest saltwater swimming pool in the British Empire. Now, there are also a restaurant and shopping area with interesting shops selling maple syrup to handcrafted souvenirs. More often than not, there are wedding parties and other elaborate events held.

Like the rest of Victoria’s main attractions, Crystal Garden is conveniently located across from the Royal British Columbia Museum and behind the Empress Hotel. I think this is a wonderful stop after the Empress Hotel, and especially welcoming on a less than beautiful weather day.

Check out their website at: or call (250) 381-1213 for more information.

Crystal Garden
713 Douglas Street
Victoria, British Columbia
(250) 383-1259

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