VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver Canada

Since opening to the public in 1975, this spectacular 55-acre botanical garden in the heart of Vancouver has gained international acclaim and is rated one of the top ten public gardens in North America. The mild Vancouver climate allows the cultivation of a spectacular plant collection, with specimens originating from the Himalayas, Mediterranean, Japan, and southern North America, as well as the Pacific Northwest.

Unique plants, picturesque landscape settings, art sculptures and fountains are featured throughout the gardens. Specific areas are planted to illustrate botanical relationships, such as the Rhododendron Walk, or geographical origins, as in the Sino-Himalayan Garden. There’s also an incredible maze made of 3,000 pyramidal cedars planted in the autumn of 1981, which you can walk through or view from the observation terrace.

Named after local lumberman and philanthropist Whitford Julian VanDusen, the gardens are a delight any time of the year. They offer an inspiring and enjoyable experience for visitors of all ages and interests. Join a guided tour or take part in one of the many events, such as the Sakura Days Japan Fair in the Spring. Or see the gardens transform into a sparkling wonderland during the Festival of Lights display in December. Educational exhibits help promote knowledge and understanding of the world of plants and their fundamental importance to life. And the Visitor Center, which houses a cafe and gift shop, was architecturally inspired by an orchid and is not to be missed.

The VanDusen Botanical Garden is within an easy drive or taxi ride of the Auberge Hotel downtown Vancouver.