While in Sidney we decided we were just too close to Butchart Gardens and had stop in for a visit. Luckily for us they have an entrance to the gardens accessible by boat, so after a quick trip down Saanich Inlet we anchored in Tod Inlet for the night so we could spend as much of the following day as we wanted touring the gardens. Butchart also offers several moorings right in front of their dock, but the water depth looked a little iffy for our boat if we wanted to spend the night, so we chose to anchor around the corner and take our inflatable in to the dock. The admission costs for the Gardens is a bit outrageous, but our timing was perfect and much of the area was in peak bloom. We also lucked out with the weather, and after several days of gusty winds, cloudy skies and periodic rain, our day in the Gardens was sunny and warm.