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VanDusen Botanical Garden

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Address: 5251 Oak St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6M 4H1, Canada
Phone Number: +1 604-878-9274
09:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 21:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

This beautiful garden has 22 hectares of plants and trees.

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I was there in October and there was still plenty of beautiful flowers. The maze was fun. It was enjoyable just being outside and looking at everything. Most of the flowers... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Michael M
Portland, Oregon, United States
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Portland, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was there in October and there was still plenty of beautiful flowers. The maze was fun. It was enjoyable just being outside and looking at everything. Most of the flowers were labelled - I am not very good at telling what flower is what.

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Langley, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stunning display with a great meal. I couldn't have asked for a better location. I will be back in a couple of weeks with more friends and family. Ice cold, and snow just added to the beauty of the area

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A beautiful, expansive garden in the middle of the suburbs. Easy access, concession , washrooms and restaurant. Pay parking usually available. The Christmas light display is not to be missed but it's beautiful in any season.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We have a secret picnic spot in the garden. It's quiet, shaded, grassy, and large enough for small children to run and play without troubling other patrons. Where else could you enjoy such pastoral rest even with throngs of daily visitors? I could speak of thoughtfully-planted gardens, fascinating plants, and the wonderful seasonal displays (nighttime Christmas lights, for instance), but... More 

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British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We arrived at 16:30 on a Tuesday, getting one of the last spots in the parking lot, which was free. Additional parking is also available on the street. The light displays are mostly around the lake. The paths were well maintained even on a bitterly cold night with snow still on the ground. We also stopped into a heated building... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Spending anywhere from an hour to a full day in this garden is delightful. It's large enough to provide a respite from the city bustle. I especially enjoy it in the less busy times, when it's not unusual to be the only person around, and I'll often sneak a nap on a bench by a pond. But it's interesting to... More 

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Rock Creek, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Where you can you see so many Christmas lights glittering on the water or lights dancing to the music of Christmas well you found it . Walk around at your own leisure take photos etc. Families to solo this is a must see to come to for a Christmas activity.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although it was a little bit further out from the hotel we stayed in, It still was worth the trip! I would have enjoyed it better if the weather was nicer, but I guess this was a typical vancouver weather. I definitely think the garden is beautiful!

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Toronto, Ontario
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You don't have to be a botanist to enjoy an afternoon strolling through VanDusen Gardens. There are enough different species to hold everyone's interest for an afternoon.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful nature walk with water features and beautiful flowers, it is also good around Xmas when they do their festival of lights event - grab a warm cup of hot chocolate and wander through the Christmas wonderland. Would not recommend the restaurant though.

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