Gardens of Vancouver

Gardens of Vancouver!  

Known for our abundance of green space, these four city gardens not only capitalize on Vancouver’s temperate rainforest climate to thrive but celebrate our diverse culture and are accessible from downtown by foot, bike or public transit.

Recognized around the world, VanDusen Botanical Garden and UBC Botanical Garden were listed in the Ten Best Public Gardens in Canadian Geographic Travel Magazine, while Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese was named by National Geographic Magazine, as the World’s Top City Garden in 2012.  Add a visit to the Bloedel Conservatory located at the highest point of the City, in the spectacular Queen Elizabeth Park and this collection of garden experiences is complete.  Save as much as 30% on admissions when you book them all.

Start your day with a visit to UBC Botanical Garden, Canada's oldest university botanical garden located on the western edge of the Lower Mainland, this untamed garden invites you to discover the 14-hectare David C. Lam Asian Garden and over 400 different species of rhododendrons, thousands of alpine and montane plants in the Alpine Garden, a traditional physic garden full of herbs, a demonstration food garden and the Greenheart TreeWalk adventure.  Add a visit to Nitobe Memorial Garden, a traditional Japanese Tea & Stroll garden, considered to be one of the most authentic Japanese gardens in North America and among the top outside of Japan, and your visit is complete. 

Make your way back to the heart of downtown Vancouver, Chinatown, for a stop at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, the first full-scale Scholar Garden built outside China using traditional techniques. Covered walkways and exquisite architecture make it a delight in any weather or season, with the same relaxing, serene landscape as found in the old, private gardens of China's ancient elite. This living museum promotes the understanding of cultures through daily tours, festivals, monthly art exhibitions, music concerts and unique live theatre productions in summer.  Be sure to check their special events calendar for evening programming.  

On your second day, combine a visit to VanDusen Botanical Garden, an inspiring 55-acre outdoor oasis with over 7,500 plant species and varieties.  Make time to spot and photograph local wildlife, enjoy the hedge maze with the kids and relax in a serene setting located in the heart of Vancouver. Bring a picnic or dine on the patios of Shaughnessy Restaurant or Truffles Café.  With a trip to the Bloedel Conservatory, high a top Queen Elizabeth Park, enjoy exotic birds, tropical flora in the rainforest and subtropical and desert biomes.  Take in the stunning 180-degree panoramic view of the cityscape and mountains before enjoying this manicured park featuring formal gardens, ponds, cascading waterfalls, and large art sculptures.  

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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Bloedel Conservatory

VanDusen Botanical Garden

UBC Botanical Garden