Renowned B.C. garden ejects U.S. couple for dressing in Victorian-era garb

By The Canadian Press
August 17, 2016 - 2:33pm

SAANICH, B.C. — A Washington state couple expelled from a well-known Vancouver Island tourist destination for wearing Victorian-era clothing says they’re hoping to put the past behind them.

Sarah and Gabriel Chrisman say they were shocked last week when they arrived at Butchart Gardens to celebrate their 14th wedding anniversary and were told the period clothing, which they wear on a daily basis, was forbidden.

The well-known tourist site has issued a news release saying it doesn’t allow costumes on the premises in order to ensure visitors’ safety and enjoyment, similar to other international attractions, such as Disney Parks and SeaWorld.

The statement says its staff dealt with the pair courteously and refunded their admission, bus tickets and tea reservation.

The Chrismans dispute that version of events, saying they were treated poorly and had their money returned only after insisting on a refund.

Butchart Gardens hasn’t responded to a request for further comment.


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