UBC Botanical Garden

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UBC Botanical Garden
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10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Tickets are available for sale on our website. ~ Immerse yourself in the world of wild-collected plants! Garden highlights include internationally recognized collections of magnolias and maples. Stroll through our impressive Asian garden with over 400 kinds of rhododendrons, travel the continents in our alpine garden, explore our BC rainforest garden, head back in time in our traditional physic garden overflowing with herbs, discover food growing techniques in the food garden and much more.
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Neighbourhood: University Land Endowments
An area as rich in history as it is in natural beauty, the expansive parkland of the University Land Endowments is protected by the city in cooperation with the University of British Columbia. A large green space studded by rose gardens, Japanese rock gardens, botanic gardens, canopy walks, regional parkland, and hiking trails, the University Land Endowments are a breath of fresh air. Combining a commitment to preserving nature with a similar promise to preserve culture, its valleys are also home to the First Nations heritage museum, the biodiversity museum, and anthropological and memorial exhibitions. From its highest canopies to the sandy shorelines of Wreck Beach, its serenity is preserved by the University buildings that dot it, combining Mother Nature and scholarship.
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Pittsburgh, PA53 contributions
May 2022 • Family
This is a surprisingly large botanical garden that is well maintained and easy to walk through. If you are on the UBC campus, it is worth stopping by (expect to spend at least 45 minutes in the gardens) but not a stand alone destination unless you are obsessed with plants.
Written May 18, 2022
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Kathryn H
3 contributions
Apr. 2022 • Couples
Unfortunately I was rather underwhelmed by this garden. The first part is very natural and has many magnolias, some azaleas and rhododendrons planted among the large trees. While they’re beautiful in flower the effect is more of an arboretum with flowering shrubs rather than a garden. Through the tunnel the more formal garden is aptly named but alas at this time of year (late April) most plants are just coming out of dormancy so not much of interest and the productive garden is not even planted. I was disappointed not to see more spring bulbs and hellebores especially as the public displays in Vancouver are so spectacular although perhaps a little too perfect! Am I too picky?!
Written April 20, 2022
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Jacob P
Edmonton, Canada2 contributions
Apr. 2022 • Friends
The gardens are lovely to walk through and the staff are super friendly. The Tree Walk was definitely the highlight. We decided to do this Tree Walk over the Capilano Suspension Bridge and we're super happy with our decision. Highly recommend!
Written April 2, 2022
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aka_smitty
Woodstock181 contributions
Oct. 2021 • Solo
Visited the property in Oct and enjoyed the beautiful colours. Parking meter easy to use. Trails were well labeled and map was accurate and easy to follow. Tree walk was fun addition. Traffic noise makes it hard to hear the birds and GPS directions were inaccurate. I spent 2.5hrs here and didn't see it all. Happy to go back, would love to visit at different times of the year.
Written October 26, 2021
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MarcLeblanceh
45 contributions
May 2021
The garden is amazing

The treewalk is wild
I went to the garden today and stayed up on the walk until i had to go

Stunning forest and amazing views up on the walk
Written May 15, 2021
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Thank you for kind review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit and the Greenheart TreeWalk!
Written May 18, 2021
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Mark P
Vancouver Island, Canada3 contributions
Sep. 2020
For 5 years now, I have been visiting the UBC Botanical Garden with my sons. We have always enjoyed our visit and our shopping experience at the gift shop. As we are Univeristy Neighbourhood Association (UNA) members (i.e. we live on the UBC campus), our admission has been free. I am surprised and disappointed to see that UNA members are now being asked to pay for their visit. One of the advantages of living at UBC is the access to world class facilities and services. I will be striking the UBC botanical Garden (and gift shop) off my list and will visit the Pacific Spirit Park instead (as it, fortunately, remains free to UNA members).
Written September 6, 2020
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Hello neighbour. We have some good news to share with you. Access to attractions at UBC is paid for by the UNA for their residents through agreements with individual attractions on campus. Although the previous agreement lapsed three years ago the Garden continued to extend access and other benefits to UNA members as long as it was able to. We are pleased to announce that the UNA has once again made arrangements for residents to have access to UBC Botanical Garden with your community services card. We hope to welcome you back to UBC Botanical Garden and Nitobe Memorial Garden soon. If you have any additional questions about your community services card benefits please contact the UNA for more information.
Written September 10, 2020
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Richard C
15 contributions
Apr. 2019 • Couples
Those trees could just chill you with their stories but you have to slow down and really look! They can say so much to those who listen. Old grown Douglas Firs and Redwoods and then there are those majestic Cedar that are so tall and straight. Some still bare the paddle marks from those cutters that have gone before. Such a magical place to reflect and wonder! Yet this place is still in the city!
Written March 8, 2020
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Thank you for leaving your review. We are glad that you had an enjoyable visit!
Written March 10, 2020
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lazigirl
Vernon, Canada748 contributions
Sep. 2019
We only saw a portion of the gardens due to time, we saved the rest for another trip.
The portion we saw was mainly a woodland garden. Very beautiful and interesting to walk around.
The tree walk was "interesting". My son and husband enjoyed it. I found it difficult, I'm not afraid of heights but I found the sway more exaggerated than other similar walks. I have been ok on high tree canopy walks in Costa Rica so I struggle to identify my issue. I think it was the narrowness of the bridges combined with sway. Its also very long.
To help others, I think the length of the walk would be useful, along with mention of narrowness and height. I do not think it is suitable for those requiring mobility aides such as walking sticks/canes as they would need to hold on to something as well and the walkways require constant "letting go", to move to the next short section. I also found some of the "walls" to be short, and I'm short! I'm 5"3".
Written October 23, 2019
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Thank you for your review - we are glad that you enjoyed your visit. We very much appreciate the feedback on your experience on the Tree Walk and will take your suggestions about accessibility and including information about the height and width of the walk into consideration. We hope you are able to return to explore the rest of the Garden!
Written October 29, 2019
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Mellie2013
Port Moody, Canada2,691 contributions
Sep. 2019
Haven't visited the Botanical Garden in years. Boy has it grown up, matured and evolved. The trees around the grounds are diverse and would be amazing in the spring when the rhododendrons bloom. We visited in September and the trails were surrounded by green, no autumn colours yet. We visited at the end of a drizzly day, alone on the paths to enjoy the peaceful beauty of the trees. Refreshing, tranquil and quiet.

Our favourite part of the Botanical garden was the GreenHeart Treewalk. As adults we walked across the suspended walkway, channelling our inner children. Laughing at the swaying of the suspension bridges. The walk reaches high into the canopy and looks down onto the forest floor. A great perspective. However if you suffer from acrophobia or swaying bridges, this might not be for you.

The Gift Store was full of interesting plants, books and gifts for the gardening enthusiast. The store staff were helpful and knowledgeable.

I highly recommend this garden to all locals and tourists.
Written October 15, 2019
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Thank you very much for your kind and thoughtful review. You're right in saying that the bridge is not for everyone due to its height and movement, which we are taking steps to inform visitors prior to the walk. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit and hope you are able to visit again, perhaps in the spring to see the rhododendrons!
Written October 17, 2019
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Dawn B
Portland, OR14 contributions
Oct. 2019
Loved the tree walk—just high enough and just sway-ey enough to be lots of fun. Seven suspension bridges link to platforms with excellent signage and explanations. The Botanical Gardens are lovely as well. We combined this with a visit to the Museum of Anthropology (a mile away) for a wonderful day of sightseeing in Vancouver. If I had children, I would bribe them to pay attention at the museum by telling them I would take them on the tree walk afterwards!
Written October 9, 2019
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  • Wed - Sun 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.