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Devonian Gardens

8th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta T6G 2E1, Canada (Southwest Calgary)
780-987-3054
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Ranked #65 of 227 attractions in Calgary
Type: Gardens
Activities: Viewing foliage
Traveler Description: Devonian Gardens reopened at last! On August 30, 2008 Calgary's Devonian Gardens closed for extensive renovations. The grand reopening... more »
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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84 reviews 84 reviews
62 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

The Gardens on the fourth floor of a shopping mall is a tranquil oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city below them. In the summer the sunlight coming through the glass ceiling allows for a small sun trap in which you will find many business people enjoying the quiet spot for lunch. The plants look wonderful and... More

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Sydney, Australia
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394 reviews 394 reviews
147 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

What a beautiful series of gardens on the 4th Floor. A fishpond, playground & beds of trees & shrubs, palms, fiddle leaf figs, tubs of plants, green walls & in certain sections information on the plants & their uses. Loads of seating where people from the nearby eateries can sit in a quiet, reflective, peaceful & green environment. Well worth... More

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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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98 reviews 98 reviews
49 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

between my two trips to Calgary, they re-did this indoor city park, located on the 4th floor of a downtown building. it's nice, but It was so much nicer before. stop at the food court, get lunch and eat in the park, or just wander around.

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Adelaide
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The gardens were truly amazing and I could imagine them being a saving grace for those who work and live in Calgary during the winter. They were bright and very pretty, I was overwhelmed with the location and composition.

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Calgary, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This is a nice little place to stop in while you're shopping, or just hanging out downtown. For a quick break, or a bite to eat. IF you're already there. Don't go out of your way. It is no longer anything special. It used to be quite something, really a neat place to walk around and enjoy. But since the... More

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Encino, California, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

The Devonian Gardens is in the Toronto Dominion Square mall. It is very extensive and goes is about 2 acres in size. It is domed with sky lighting the entire length so it can be visited year round. The flora was very well maintained and displayed. It was a very relaxing stroll through the gardens. Also the mall was very... More

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Calgary, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I hadn't been to the Devonian Gardens since well before it was renovated so made a special trip while on holidays- very disappointing. I had heard so much about it and then thought to myself "that's it?". While the greenery was nice and it was clean, it was boring and not worth the trip on its own merit. After about... More

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Regina, Canada
1 review
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Anyone who remembers the original gardens would be best advised to avoid the "new and improved" version, unless you feel like shedding a tear as you witness the sanitized, lifeless travesty the space is now. In the 80s, 90s and 2000s it was one of my favourite places to visit in Calgary - I loved getting lost along the winding... More

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Georgia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
23 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is a great place to take a break from shopping or sightseeing. Beautiful tropical plants, a koi pond, a children's playground, and occasional music from the grand piano in the corner offer a peaceful and climate-controlled refuge from the busy streets below.

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Sarasota, Florida
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Steve has it right. I hadn't been here for the last 10 years, and was excited to go see this awesome space again. I was leary, after reading his review, and my family who lives here couldn't believe what he said was true. Let me tell you, my mother felt sick and was almost in tears when she saw what... More

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