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Devonian Gardens

8th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta T6G 2E1, Canada (Southwest Calgary)
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Ranked #67 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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71 reviews 71 reviews
22 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 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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Rockhampton, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I loved these tranquil gardens which were inside The Core shopping mall. Beautiful plants, water features and even goldfish and a piano and children's playground. This was probably the highlight of our trip to Calgary.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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430 reviews 430 reviews
121 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

After having a nice lunch near by my wife and I went into TD & Core building which has an upscale mall (lovely) and on the upper 4th floor level this very beautiful garden to walk though, sit at delightful tables and chairs, people watch and just relax and take it all in. It's free and they even have a... More

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Calgary, Canada
1 review
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Do not be fooled, this is NOT a garden worth making an effort to see. The name is where all resemblance of what it used to be ends. What was once an urban oasis is now a food court with a bunch of shrubs. What once was a waterfall representing the Bow River is now just a giant wall with... More

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Vernon, Canada
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56 reviews 56 reviews
9 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Wonderful place to relax when shopping. The plants are amazing, tables and chairs shattered around and there is a lovely place for the kids to play.

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Calgary, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

I wasn't overly impressed, either was my boyfriend. It did however have the largest gold fish I've ever seen. It is under construction also. Loads of seating to have a bite to eat and a pianist playing in the background.

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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

This delightful garden is set on the third floor of an office block, close to an excellent food hall. Office workers can be seen eating their lunch in this tranquil location amongst trees, plants and water features. Amazing concept and well worth a visit.

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Bendigo, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014 via mobile

What a lovely spot. Plenty of places to eat and reasonably priced. The plants are lovely. We went there a couple of times and there was even a piano player which was relaxing. A beautiful indoor garden

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Yellowknife, Canada
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65 attraction reviews
184 helpful votes 184 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Devonian Gardens are located just downtown, on top floor of the Core Shopping Center, which is within walking distance from Stephen Avenue, so very convenient for tourists etc. It is a very pleasant place, a true green oasis within the city, but I wouldn't call it a Botanical Garden (it was recommended to me as such). As much as I... More

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