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Milner Gardens and Woodland

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Address: 2179 Island Hwy W, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia V9K 1G1, Canada
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+1 250-752-6153
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Sun 11:00 - 15:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Vancouver Island University's Milner Gardens & Woodland is a magical...

Vancouver Island University's Milner Gardens & Woodland is a magical seaside retreat once reserved for royalty. Sheltered on three sides by old-growth forest, this one-of-a kind woodland estate rejuvenates the soul with its gardens and magnificent coastal views.

Enjoy the charming Camellia Tea Room after strolling the grounds and contemplate the history of the Gardens or fantasize about having them all to yourself.

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Tranquil trails in a beautiful setting.

Growing up on the island this was the first time ever visiting the Milner Gardens! I went for an art show in the gardens and was very happy that I did. I was greeted by very... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 August 2016
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Victoria, Canada
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30 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Growing up on the island this was the first time ever visiting the Milner Gardens! I went for an art show in the gardens and was very happy that I did. I was greeted by very cheerful and efficient volunteers who were directing parking. Found my way by following the signs, to the check-in booth. Again a lovely young lady... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

Stunning gardens, peaceful, always changing. A great place to bring family and friends when they are visiting, or to just come to as a local and walk around and relax. Amazing at Christmas time.

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Thank IslandGal1969
Qualicum Beach, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

I tried to book high tea with my sister and niece. The cost is $21 for the tea. However, if you look really carefully, on line, you will notice that the price doesn't include the $11.50 entrance fee. When it's all said and done, the tea works out to $32.50! A bit pricy for tea, I would think! Also, you... More 

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Thank Mary Ann G
Uxbridge, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

From the entrance, you can take an east or west trail through the woods till you arrive at the gardens. There are many rhododendrons and the Milner house is quite interesting, especially the 16th century furniture in the dining room. My favourite part were the ancient Douglas Firs. A pleasant way to spend a couple of hours.

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Thank Lionroar
Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

We lucked out at the gardens because they had an art show in the gardens. It was a nice break after travelling from Victoria. There were lots of birds in the garden and I even saw a Pileated Woodpecker . They serve tea and light lunches as well.

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Alicante, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

Parking on site, trails were interesting and informative, the gardens combined natural woodland settings, lanscaped gardens and works of art. There is also superb viewpoints. The food in the cafe is outstanding (cheese scone and soup).

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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

It is a lovely place to visit and see the beauty of cedars, native plants and rhododendrons! The gift shop has delights like fairies for fairy houses and seeds for planting at home. Don't miss tea or soup and scones in the Milner house. There are also plants for sale for your home garden.

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Thank Moonbeams7
vancouver
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138 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

These gardens are beautiful, not manicured but "tamed" rather than wild woodland. My old Mum was even able to take her walker all the way down to the house over the boardwalk. The view from the house is spectacular. Take time to stop and have tea with scones and Devon cream served by charming volunteers.

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Thank rallyist
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36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

It was a bit of a rainy day when the sign caught our attention as we drove by. We decided to turn around and come back to see what it was all about. We were sure glad we did. Our walk through the beautiful estate was very relaxing and peaceful. It was topped off by a most delicious cup of... More 

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Scotland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

This is a lovely place to visit. Only $22 for a family of 4 as kids under 12 go free. We spent a few hours here. Volunteers are knowledgeable and friendly. Nice history associated with the estate Gardens and woodland are well cared for. Impressive. Tea room is lovely and cakes are nice. Well worth a visit

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