This is another kind of homecoming for me. When I was a kid, my sister & I lived with my grandparents for a while down in the Willamette Valley and we used to go to Victoria every summer. I have very fond memories of Butchart Gardens and walking around The Land of the Little People. I was super bummed when I found out that the latter no longer existed. But if you have time, I would highly recommend Butchart Gardens and yes, they are open in Winter.
If you’re in the area, stop by and say, “hello”. I’d love to see you and chat a while.