Vancouver Sights

VanDusen Botanical Garden

  • 5251 Oak St. Map It
  • Cambie Corridor
  • Garden/Arboretum

Published 03/10/2015

Fodor's Review

An Elizabethan maze, a formal rose garden, a meditation garden, and a collection of Canadian heritage plants are among the many displays at this 55-acre site. The collections include flora from every continent and many rare and endangered species. The Phyllis Bentall Garden area features hybrid water lilies and carnivorous plants (a hit with kids). From mid-May to early June the Laburnum Walk forms a canopy of gold; in August and September the wildflower meadow is in bloom. The garden is also home to five lakes, a garden shop, a library, and the Truffles Fine Foods Café (serving breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea). Special events throughout the year include a spectacular Christmas-theme Festival of Lights every December (daily 4:30–9 pm). From Downtown, catch the Oak Bus 17 directly to the garden entrance; alternatively, ride the Canada Line to Oakridge/41st, then take the UBC Bus 41 to Oak Street, and walk four blocks north to the garden. Queen Elizabeth Park is a 1-km (½-mile) walk away, along West 37th Avenue. Because this was once a golf course, pathways make this garden extremely wheelchair accessible.

Sight Information

Address:

5251 Oak St., at W. 37th Ave., Vancouver, British Columbia, V6M 4H1, Canada

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Phone:

604-257–8335-garden; 604-267–4966-restaurant

Sight Details:

  • C$10.75 Apr.–Sept.; C$7.75 Oct.–Mar.
  • June–Aug., daily 9 am–9 pm; Apr.–May and Sept.–Oct, daily from 9 am, Nov.–Mar. daily from 10 am (call for seasonal closing times)

Published 03/10/2015

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