B.C.’s Government House – Gardens

Garden at B.C.'s Government House, residence of the Lieutenant-Governor

Garden at B.C.’s Government House, residence of the Lieutenant-Governor

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Government House is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.  The current facility opened in 1959 and is the third building built as a residence on the site; the first two were destroyed by fire.

There are numerous gardens at Government House and the beautiful site is open to the public.  Admission is free.

There’s also a tea house and a dress museum that displays various clothing artifacts mostly of the beautiful dresses worn by the wives of former Lieutenant Governors or the various women who have served as LG.  The dress museum is free.

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The gardens are expansive and are built on a variety of terrains, with a combination of traditional English-style gardens to ones built encompassing rocky outcrops on site.  We spent a pleasant few hours strolling around the site, snapping photos and even seeing a deer grazing on some succulent flowers to the dismay of the gardeners.

This vintage Riley was spotted in the garage of the Lieutenant Governor's residence at Government House in Victoria, BC

This vintage Riley was spotted in the garage of the Lieutenant Governor’s residence at Government House in Victoria, BC

During our stroll, we encountered the Lieutenant Governor’s driver, who was dusting off the L-G’s official car, a late model Lexus LS460L, black with a black leather interior.  He said he was driving to Vancouver to pick up Her Honour.  Driving away from the small garage, I noticed blue and red lights flashing from the front grille and rear window, just like those on a police car.  A nice touch to speed The Honourable Judith Guichon quickly and efficiently through traffic.

 

Government House

1401 Rockland Avenue, Victoria, BC; Tel.: 250-387-2080

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