Vacouver Island: Butchart Gardens and Abigail Hotel

The Entrance
The Sunken Garden

That’s right.  It’s back to Vancouver Island.  Lush, beautiful and fresh are just a few words to describe the big V.I.  I took a WestJet flight to Victoria and it was a very nice, quick flight.  I have to say, WestJet is absolutely super.  They treat you good, the seats are comfortable and you can watch movies on your I-pad right on the plane.  After getting a rental car, it was time to explore.  

Gorgeous View from Patio

My first stop was Butchart Gardens which is only 20 minutes southwest from the Victoria airport.  There are no superstitious mysteries here but these gardens are pure magic.  When I first arrived at the gardens, I was entranced by the swirl of brightly colored flowers that surrounded me.  It was like stepping into the most beautiful dream.  It was certainly a dream to have their famous high tea.  Reservations were needed but luckily the friendly staff at the information center helped me out with that.  It only took five minutes to get to the dining room from the information center and they sat me immediately.  

High Tea Treats
Italian Garden

I recommend sitting outside because you will be WOWED!  There’s a spectacular view of the garden.  In one direction, there is a view of the Italian garden, opposite of that is the rose garden and in the middle, I saw a small glimpse of the Saanich Inlet.  The high tea starts with beverages both hot and cold.  I ordered a limoncello cocktail and a “mixed greens” green tea.  Both were equally tangy and tasty.  The first course was a berry parfait that tastes like heaven.  It was sweet with a little berry bite and a smooth creamy texture. Next came a course of sweet and savory foods.  I always start with the desserts because life is too short.  Besides, how could anyone resist the chocolate brandy napoleon cake, orange poppy seed loaf and a chocolate Irish cream truffle? Mmm, delicious.  The warm delicacies like the vegetable pastry and the onion, asparagus quiche were absolutely delight

Rose Garden

ful.  Then there were the little sandwiches.  There was a wonderful variety but my favorite was the roast pepper

Chess Set

cream cheese roulade.  This little sandwich had quite a kick to it.  The mixture of flavors in each bite of these treasures was unforgettable.  Now that’s not bad for $34.75 + tax (Canadian).


Amazing Fountain

After such culinary delights, it was time to explore the garden.  It’s easy to fall in love with the rose garden.  There are so many different kinds of climbers, ramblers and tea roses that I wonder where the workers found them all.  I can imagine having a little picnic out there with some good friends.   Next was the very charming Italian garden.  There I found the star pond that has 12 points to it and is quite large.   This pond is connected to the Italian garden by some arches that lead to a statue of Mercury, a cross shaped fountain, and several colorful annuals that surround it.  The sight of the sunken garden is equally captivating.  This particular garden is filled with so many trees, plants and flowers.  There must be a million different species of plant life and they fit together so perfectly.  It’s not just the flora that make the Butchart Gar

Star Pond

dens special.  There are also many whimsical touches throughout different parts of the garden.  Things like the giant chess set near the entrance, gigantic fountains placed here and there, and romantic statues showing off their splendor.


After taking everything in, I thought it was a good idea to roam the gift shop.  You never know what you might find.  I found this lovely little multi-tool keychain wit

Lamp and Art

h my initial on it so I had to get it (especially when I needed a new one).  Before I knew it, the garden was closing for the day and it was time to leave.  But that was okay because my next adventure was at the Abigail Hotel in Victoria.   

Luxury Bath


The Abigail Hotel is about 26 minutes away from the gardens. On the outside it seems like an ordinary house but inside it’s extraordinary.  It’s like stepping back into time.  To be greeted by some very kind and attentive staff, who helped with the bags and gave a short tour of the place, was a sign of a good place to rest for the night.  Like the rest of the hotel, the rooms are filled with antiques that makes the hotel look like it came from the turn of the century.  There is an old fashioned


wardrobe instead of a closet, a wood burning fireplace and lovely little lamps that brighten the place up.  I drank a lovely bottle of white wine that was in my room (which was an added cost of $18 (Canadian)), snacked on the oatmeal cookies waiting on the bed, and sat in front of the fire place. I finished the evening off with a di

Bottle of wine

p in the REALLY big, luxurious bathtub with complementary bath salts and body wash.  How could I not enjoy such an experience?


Upon reflection on this day, I can only conclude that the Butchart Gardens is a sacred garden despite the fact that there is nothing supernatural linked to it.  It is a utopia built on dreams and love that I felt that all around me.  Isn’t this how magic is made?  Through dreams and love?  And then there is the Abigail Hotel.  There is nothing qu

ite like this place.  Nice people, beautiful room, good treats and a beautiful breakfast waiting in the morning.  It was just gorgeous.  This whole day was a magical dream.        

The Magic




Making Magic Come To Life

Greetings fun-seekers, adventurers, explorers and adrenaline-junkies. Thank you choosing to visit my blog; Light, Laughter and a Little Magic. My name is Erika but I also go by “The Oracle.” I’m a blogger and aspiring story-teller. I’ve been blogging since January 1, 2015. I’ve been on a couple of sabbaticals but I am back and looking to help others find exciting escapades.

I’m a fun-loving woman who loves a good adventure and to write them down. I’ll be taking you all on some of my experiences in hopes to not only entertain but inform. There are so many amazing things to see and do out there. Some of the things I do will involve spending some money while others will not cost you a dime. The stories I tell you can be done with family, friends or by yourself. Whatever the experience, I hope to set your imaginations free and inspire you to try some of these amazing things.
I am a free spirit on a journey and in order to tell you my story, I have to share it with you this way. But first, here are a few things about myself. I have a sweet little kitty named Karma, I live in a colorful plant-filled condo and have a lot of things that I like to do. My favorite hobbies include circus acrobatics, archery, yoga, knife-throwing, cooking and gardening. That’s right, I’m a circus-loving foodie with a penchant for long-range weaponry, and a fondness for plants. I’m also very much into meditation, music, dancing, travelling, love stories, nature, and just about anything that’s fun. Life is too short, you might as well do everything that this world has to offer.

Goals for My Blog

For me, blogging is about sharing what’s inside of you with the people in your life. My goal is to start your day off on a happy note while you have your first cup of coffee in the morning. Or, you can enjoy my blog at the end of your day while you are enjoying a glass of wine. Either way, I wish to inspire you to grab life with both hands.

What you can expect from my blog

Magic and fun. I will recommend some pretty cool stuff that should be tried at least once. You will also notice that everything I write has a bit of a mystical twist. I see the world as an exhilarating enchanting amusement park that’s waiting to be explored. I would never recommend anything that I didn’t like, this I promise you. Prepare to be enlightened, entertained and even given some practical advice.

Will you join me on a magical journey?


  1. This is heaven for me – good tea, while savoring those little sweets, and just sitting in this beautiful well crafted garden, of course with my cat. hahaha

  2. Never been and don’t know if I will ever make it to Vancouver so it is great to see how pretty it is and all the different things to see and enjoy.

  3. Great post! I have been to Buchart Gardens once and it was such a lovely way to spend an afternoon. We had high tea at the Empress Hotel in Victoria and then took a red, double-decker bus to the gardens.

    Great memories! Thanks for reminding me!

  4. Vancouver Island is on my must-see list. I haven’t visited many other places in Canada, but there are so many gorgeous sights to see. These pictures look so gorgeous.

  5. Vancouver Island is so beautiful! I would have never known. Thank you. I think this might be on my travel bucket list now. And I, of course, love the “mystical” garden 😀

  6. Vancouver is a great place to visit. We went to Butchart Gardens when we were there. It is a magnificent place to see. So many flowers and colors. In my opinion, if you visit Vancouver, Butchart Gardens is a must see.

  7. I have heard so much about Vancouver island, and it’s all obviously true.
    The scenery looks absolutely breathtaking, it must have been plenty of fun!

  8. I love Butchart gardens! I visited there once as a little girl, and STILL have fond memories of it. Hopefully I’ll get to take my own kids there one day. Thanks for the walk down memory lane!

  9. This is my idea of a perfect get away. Vancouver looks just beautiful and the Abigail Hotel is sheer perfection. Thanks to your beautiful photos, I have added Vancouver Island to my vacation ‘wish list’!

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