Like Japan, Canada’s gardens (inspired by Victoria’s Butchart Gardens, although the sign says Victoria Gardens) are a surprising oasis, adding a hidden artificial canyon delightfully washed by a man-made waterfall. The worthwhile live act here is Off Kilter at the amphitheater, in which men in kilts bash out palatable rock tunes. Soccer moms consider them heartthrobs, so CDs are for sale here for $20.
Influences: 19th-century Victorian colonial architecture (Hotel du Canada); emblematic northwestern Indian design and Maritime Provinces towns; Butchart Gardens, Victoria (Victoria Gardens).
Fun Stuff to Buy: The shop, Northwest Mercantile, mostly hawks maple syrup ($25 for 17 oz.), stuffed huskies and bears ($15–$23), red tartan fleece vests ($32), and T-shirts themed to moose and hockey.