Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver: Address, Phone Number, Queen Elizabeth Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Queen Elizabeth Park
4.5
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Situated on Little Mountain - the highest point in Vancouver proper - this former rock quarry has been converted into a beautiful city park with flower gardens, public art, grassy knolls, and panoramic views over the city.
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joritch3
Shoreview, MN63 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
We only had a couple days to spend in Vancouver and decided to visit some parks. This was one of them that’s fairly close to downtown. We were glad we came. On the map the place seemed small but it’s really not. It’s packed with so many great photo opportunities. The place is well kept and managed. Such a nice garden and yet they do not charge admission! This garden is not to be missed on any visit to Vancouver! Well done!
Written May 20, 2022
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Jill T
Langley City, Canada13 contributions
Sep. 2021
The grounds are phenomenal, well maintained. We went to the Bloedel Conservatory as well as walking around QE Park. Kids running, people having picnics and we saw 2 weddings.
Written May 2, 2022
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Amy G
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Mar. 2022 • Couples
Had a great day with my bf here and it's right beside my house!:) Lovely scenery and cafe / resteraunt at the top!! Definitely recommend
Written March 12, 2022
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Deja V
Victoria, Canada36 contributions
Feb. 2022
The love locks were full of couples on Valentines Weekend. I recommend to take your partner, buy a lock and contribute. While there is still room
Written February 16, 2022
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PookyCake
Victoria, Canada12,883 contributions
Jul. 2021
If there’s one thing the pandemic has been good for, it’s forcing us to explore more of our own backyard. Over the last year and a half, I’ve explored more of BC than I ever have at any other point – and it’s been such a rewarding experience. I’ve patronized a lot of the touristy, well-known spots, and just as many lesser-known treasures. To say it’s been an enlightening experience would be something of an understatement.

Queen Elizabeth Park is one such place I’ve managed to patronize during this time. Believe it or not, up until this point, I’d never taken the time to fully explore this wonderful 139 acre park. Sure, I’d stopped by the Bloedel Conservatory a couple of times, but that’s it . . . and given QE Park’s status in this city, it’s kind of surprising and sad on my part.

Established in 1939, Queen Elizabeth Park is ideally situated in that it sits atop the highest point in Vancouver. As a result, the views you are privy to are, bar none, some of the best in the city. Go stand near The Photo Session sculpture (see my earlier review on this site) at dusk and you’ll see what I mean. Its little wonder many a wedding photo gets taken here: The area highlights, in the most compelling way, Vancouver’s modernism and its close relationship to its natural environment.

If visiting, I’d recommend allocating 2 to 3 hours to fully enjoy the park and its amenities:

Bloedel Conservatory: Opened in 1969, the conservatory is a lush tropical paradise playing host to a plethora of birds and unique plant life. I really enjoyed visiting during winter because it allowed me to pretend I was in some tropical paradise while it was freezing outside. Earlier this summer, the conservatory also featured “Uncle Fester,” a rare corpse flower (I really wanted to see this, but the limited ticket sales, due to COVID, prevented me from doing so).

Quarry Gardens: As the name implies, this garden is housed in an old rock quarry and is, I think, the crown jewel of QE Park. The flowers and plants are well-manicured and draw many comparisons with Butchart Gardens in Victoria. It’s easy to get “lost” walking the stone and gravel pathways in this area of the park – worth a visit by itself!

Rose Garden: Established in 1967 to celebrate Canada’s centennial, I admit I found QE Park’s Rose Garden kind of underwhelming. The colour and variety of roses was nice, but the layout seemed a little – I don’t know – “lazy” to me? The odd sunflower jutting out captured my attention more than the roses (sorry, Robert Burns).

Public Artwork: Queen Elizabeth Park is home to a few notable sculptures, including Knife Edge Two Piece by Henry Moore, The Photo Session by J. Seward Johnson, and Love in the Rain by Bruce Voyce. For a detailed account of each, please see my earlier reviews on this site.

After you’ve finished your foray in and around Queen Elizabeth Park, why not stop for a nice lunch or dinner at Seasons in the Park (a place I’d still love to visit)?

All in all, QE Park is definitely a “must visit” when in Vancouver. It has a lot of unique attractions; the scenery is beautiful and reflective of the city; and it’s a fine substitute if you don’t have sufficient time to explore the much larger Stanley Park. Highly recommended!
Written September 28, 2021
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Christina C
Coquitlam, Canada6,386 contributions
Aug. 2021
We haven't visited QE Park for 10 years. Two weeks ago we met our out of town friends there. First thing we found out, it cost us $ 3.65 per hour for parking. That shows the city desperately needs financial support. Second thing, I wanted to show them the famous Rose Garden. All we found was a dead silent garden that lost all the glamour, beauty and colour, what a disappointment. One thing is the magnificent harbour view, no matter the weather, sunny, rain or cloudy, it's still there for visitors to enjoy!
Happy Travelling!
Written September 28, 2021
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KC_Sosa
Vancouver, Canada85 contributions
Sep. 2021
The park has been noticeably neglected. The Zipline has been removed. It's still a nice park and a must-see when visiting Vancouver.
Written September 4, 2021
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Gerry K
Abbotsford, Canada20 contributions
Jul. 2021
We come from another city and make a trip to see this park each year. Disappointed with the care or neglect of the rose garden as over grown with grass and weeds in areas. The park lacks color with flower borders as the catus just does not add to the beauty once this park had. The stream is so small, and areas should be cleaned. For a Vancouver city park you have to pay for parking the grounds could and should look better. Yes heat wave, but expected more artistic borders, flowers, plants as it was years before. (Longbeach).
Written July 13, 2021
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Kathryn N
Nanaimo, Canada14 contributions
Aug. 2020
The park is central to Vancouver. Easy to get to by car or bicycle. Fun to visit under the dome. For a high end meal, date night or small gathering try Seasons in the Park restaurant. The view is second to none on a clear day.
Written July 7, 2021
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ShingChi_Wang
Richmond, Canada9 contributions
Jul. 2021
Top tourist spot for newly weds from all countries, with aquarium with tropical plants and fine dining

Written July 5, 2021
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