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Devonian Gardens

Address: 8th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta T6G 2E1, Canada
Phone Number: 780-987-3054
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Ranked #50 of 171 Attractions in Calgary
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing foliage
Owner description: Set in the middle of the city, this indoor garden spans three acres and is home to waterfalls...
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Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing foliage
Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Owner description: Set in the middle of the city, this indoor garden spans three acres and is home to waterfalls, trees and thousands of plants.

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Calgary, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Visited the Devonian Gardens this December and was not impressed. Sterile is definitely the key word in this review. Thirty seven million spent on turning it from a tourist attraction to this monstrosity is a sad testament to urban planning in this city. Shame on the city council for selling off the gardens and the Core for this waste of... More 

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Okotoks
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27 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

This is probably one of my favourite venues for a corporate Christmas Party. Since they renovated, this place is amazing. They set up a DJ table and about half a dozen food stations with sushi, sushimi, bbq beef, cajun turkey, clams, oysters and mashed potatoes with gravy in martini glasses. The food is quite good and there are wait staff... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

I grew up on the original Devonian gardens and could not wait to see the unveiling. I was really less than impressed with it. I really like the new large trees but it really feels smaller and lacks the variety and excitement(if any) of the original.

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Calgary, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

So I visited the Devonian Gardens in November and I have to say it was less than impressive if you saw the former incarnation. I even asked at the customer service “what happened”? And they confirmed that I am one of many who fall into the unhappy category. Then I looked on Tripadvisor and saw I am part of a... More 

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Jerusalem
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74 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

During a short stay at Calgary Airport, we were helped how to get to the center of the city by a combination of a bus and train. The city of Calgary looks like built in the middle of a flat land and just when arriving from far, it is possible to see a crowded center of high rising buildings with... More 

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Canada
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12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

I will never forget the original Devonian Gardens with their waterfalls, sculptures, art work and the turtles who shared ponds with huge gold carp fish. You could get some food for a quarter and feed them. It used to be an enchanted forest with it's small ponds, bridges and plenty of benches. You could take a book, a cup of... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

I look at this and see it in two ways. On the positive, it is refreshing to see such a large area given over to creating a pleasant environment inside a large shopping mall (Downtown Core). The apparent logistics and the scale are impressive. For the most part it is quite a pleasant place to wander or to sit a... More 

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Saskatoon, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

An awesome name and awesome location but mediocre garden what more its beside a foodcourt that seemed larger than the garden itself. Perhaps the 'old' garden was better. But the 'new' concept garden now though pretty and modern, doesn't have the warmth of a garden. It feels cold and pretty to look at but that's about it. You can immediately... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Did the garden sing? If it did it was a crying lament of destruction. So I grew up in Calgary and came into the city for a day. A friend of mine was telling me about the Devonian Gardens and what appears to be some sort of review debate on Tripadvisor. So I decided to take a gander and see... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Unless you hear about this place from a local you wont find it. Maybe thats why it really is a haven of calm and tranquility. Definitely worth hunting out and take lunch (bought in the local Catering College). Gardens are within a shopping mall but are both spectacular and immaculate

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