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Vancouver Gardens | List of Gardens

VanDusen Botanical Garden
Butchart Gardens | Best times to visit | Directions From Vancouver | History of
Bloedel Conservatory | Prentice Bloedel
UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research
Minter Gardens | Brian Minter
Nitobe Memorial Garden
Park & Tilford
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen

Things to See - Vancouver Gardens

With Vancouver’s mild climate and gentle rains, the city is full of lush gardens and parks that can be enjoyed year round. Many put on themed, seasonal displays, like the famous Christmas lights at Park and Tilford Gardens in North Vancouver, or the Christmas train and lights display in one of the garden areas at Stanley Park.

Some of these gardens are under the care of the Vancouver Parks Board, while others are run independently. All offer a feast for the senses.

Include a visit to these gardens as part of a day trip in Vancouver. Access is easy, either by public transport, car, bike, or as part of a walking tour in Vancouver.

Bloedel Floral Conservatory – located in the 130-acre Queen Elizabeth Park and gardens complex, at 33rd and Cambie in Vancouver. Ph: +1 604 257 8584. Open every day of the year except for Christmas.

Botanical Garden and Research Centre – located at the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) endowment lands, these are actually five gardens in one. Seasonal hours in effect; reduced admission when combined with Nitobe Memorial Gardens pass. Ph: +1 604 822 9666.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden – this is the first life-sized Classical Chinese Garden built outside of China, and is a tranquil treasure to be found in the heart of Vancouver’s colourful Chinatown. Located at 578 Carroll Street. Ph: +1 604 662 3207.

Nitobe Memorial Garden – this carefully-appointed garden offers tranquility and beauty. Located on the UBC endowment lands; dual pass available with the Botanical Gardens at UBC. Check for seasonal hours or book a guided tour; Ph: +1 604-822-6038.

Park and Tilford Gardens – built in 1969 by Shenley’s distillery, these gardens offer eight themed gardens and a stunning Christmas Light Display. Located at its namesake Park and Tilford Shopping Centre at 440-333 Brooksbank Avenue, in North Vancouver. Ph: +1 604 984 8200

VanDusen Botanical Garden – When the Shaughnessy Golf Club moved a few kilometres south in 1960, the aim was to turn the 22.25-hectare (55-acre) course into an upscale neighbourhood of large, elite homes. Luckily locals protested and VanDusen Gardens were established. 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver. Ph: +1 604 878 9274.

Beyond Vancouver:

Minter Gardens – These world-class show gardens are a 90 minute drive east of Vancouver and offer 11 themed gardens – including a tulip garden with 100,000 bulbs and the largest Penjing Rock Bonsai collections outside of the People’s Republic of China – all set in the stunning Fraser Valley. Make this a ‘must-do’ day trip from Vancouver. Exit # 135 off Highway #1, 52892 Bunker Road, Rosedale. Ph: +1 604 794 7191.

Butchart Gardens – 55-acre world-famous gardens, located on Vancouver Island, near Victoria, British Columbia. Take a trip over on BC Ferries ( and include these specatular gardens as part of a day trip or weekend trip from Vancouver. 800 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay, BC. Ph: +1 250 652-5256

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