VanDusen Botanical Garden

VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver: Hours, Address, VanDusen Botanical Garden Reviews: 4.5/5

VanDusen Botanical Garden
4.5
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
Visit vandusengarden.ca for COVID-19 safety procedures to best prepare for your visit. VanDusen Botanical Garden is a 55-acre oasis in the heart of Vancouver with over 8,000 plant species and varieties from around the world! Spot and photograph local wildlife, find your way through an Elizabethan hedge maze, unwind in a serene setting, dine on the patios of Truffles Cafe or Shaughnessy Restaurant, or browse the garden-themed gift shop. VanDusen has something for everyone to enjoy! The Garden's multi-award winning LEED Platinum Visitor Centre was named Most Sustainable Building of the Year in 2014. Shaped like an orchid when viewed from above, its organic lines echo the way nature and conservation have been considered at every turn.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Shaughnessy
Residential neighbourhood to the ultra-wealthy, the gorgeous manor houses centred around The Crescent area are a fabled sight to behold. Shaughnessy is Vancouver's most verdant plotted neighbourhood, and its tree-lined streets, walking routes, bike trails, and charming public parks make for an ideal location to spend and afternoon communing with nature. Consequently, it is also the botanical centre of the city, featuring conservatories and an expansive Botanical Garden, taming and sculpting the wild into seasonal viewing areas and enchanting landscapes. Quiet, elegant Shaughnessy excels at providing the Three Gs: Gardens, Golfing, and Galleries.
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mcbear
Okanagan, BC71 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Couples
The Christmas light displays were beautiful and entertaining. The two main drawbacks to the evening were the size of the crowd inside the Gardens and the abysmal lack of parking. Surely Vandusen Gardens could make some arrangements for adequate parking when crowds of that size are expected.
Written December 3, 2021
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Thank you for your feedback. The Garden parking lot has limited space and we are aware that parking is limited at the show. We'll pass on our feedback to management! Wishing you the best this holiday season.
Written December 6, 2021
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Philippa L
24 contributions
Dec. 2021
We went at 6.30 on a Thursday and were disappointed by how crowded it was. It was impossible to walk along the paths at some points. Line ups to go through the grotto. No way to distance properly. The lights themselves were as lovely as ever, however it wasn't possible to take the time to enjoy them because of the crowds. It would greatly help if the ticket website advised of quieter times.
Written December 3, 2021
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Hi there and thank you for your feedback. We're sorry to hear that you felt the Garden was too crowded. We were completely sold out from December 2 - 5. We normally recommend visiting on weekdays, but we've seen increased demand compared to previous years so early on! We have reduced our capacity compared to previous years, implemented entry times for staggered entry, require vaccine proof, masks indoors and have reduced touch-point features at the show to make this a safe experience. Your feedback is valuable and we will pass this on to management. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!
Written December 6, 2021
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Wendy Laforest
Langley, Canada773 contributions
Nov. 2021 • Couples
Even though it was a rainy night, the beauty of the lights was magical. So much work must have gone into this.
Thanks for a memorable evening coming out of Covid !
Written November 29, 2021
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Joel K
Vancouver, Canada3,033 contributions
Nov. 2021 • Family
We went to the Festival of Lights and we were a bit surprised at how many people were allowed in for each time period. The light displays were festive, bright and beautiful.
Written November 27, 2021
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kris-goes-places
210 contributions
Aug. 2021
So, I love gardens. If you do not, this might not be exciting for you, but if you do, then Van Dusen is a must-see in Vancouver. Lots of variety - traditional curated gardens, forested areas, a labyrinth, natural gardens, water features… the property is massive. We spent a couple of hours and did not see the whole thing. Go on a nice day and plan to spend some time.
Written November 24, 2021
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aka_smitty
Woodstock181 contributions
Oct. 2021 • Solo
I attended on Oct 19th on a rainy fall day. The grounds had lots of fall colour. I did struggle looking for trail signs and following the map. It's a very large property so be sure to allot enough time. I spent 1.5hrs and only saw 1/3 of it. Would love to come back when the rose garden or lilies are in bloom.
Written October 26, 2021
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Richard W
Llanelli, UK334 contributions
Oct. 2021
Well structured and well maintained. Very pleasant to walk around. Good attached coffee shop/café 'Truffles' as well
Written October 11, 2021
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roadtrekker
Cape Charles, VA286 contributions
Sep. 2021
We came, with difficult bus transport, on a Sunday afternoon when musicians and artists were present, along with a magnificent array of plants and scenes. A lovely conclusion to our Vancouver visit.
Written October 6, 2021
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Florence Clark
Winnipeg, Canada4 contributions
Aug. 2021 • Friends
Beautiful gardens and a perfect way to spend a relaxing morning or afternoon. Everyone was friendly, the maze was fun and the plants were all beautiful.
Written August 30, 2021
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Don P
New Westminster, Canada398 contributions
Aug. 2021
After many many months, we were able to return to VanDusen and arrange to meet our friends for a get together and walk. The management at the gardens had just changed their rules regarding members having to make prior admittance arrangements, so we were able to enter the garden at a time of our choice, much like before. Because of covid 19, we had been unable to use our guest passes and our friends had to purchase their tickets on-line for the time we had all agreed upon. I feel that the cancellation of our free guess passes which were part of our membership fee at the time of payment is a poor decision on behalf of the garden officials and could possibly deter future membership. Although most of the flowering plants and shrubs had long lost their flowers, the greenery and the walk in the cool shade made for a great day. After our walk we returned to the Truffles cafe for a bite to eat and a very cold beer. We had arrived at 10:00 am and it was now 1:30 pm and the park was filling up. The free parking had been empty when we arrived but was almost totally full when we left. It was great to be able to come back and enjoy one of our favourite places to walk.
Written August 20, 2021
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