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VanDusen Botanical Garden

5251 Oak St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6M 4H1, Canada
604-878-9274
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Ranked #4 of 184 Attractions in Vancouver
Type: Gardens
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Walking, Viewing wildlife
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: This beautiful garden has 22 hectares of plants and trees.
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

We went at Christmas time when everything was lit up, I only wish I could have returned during the day, or even outside of the Christmas season just to appreciate the natural beauty of the Gardens. Would highly recommend if you're after a peaceful wander, there's a range of neat areas and you could explore for a while.

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Waco, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed the botanical gardens very much- I would recommend spending at least 2 hours there to visit all of the gardens and exhibits. It was very well-kept, the staff were friendly, and it was a great place to stop on the way to the Vancouver airport!

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Getting to VanDusen from downtown on public transport is easy. Catch the #17 bus on the corner of Granville and W Pender Sts. Full fare is $2.75 for 2 hrs. We chose to buy a return ticket after visiting the gardens. The bus journey takes about 20 minutes each way. We took about 2 and a half hours to inspect... More

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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We had a wonderful afternoon at Van Dusen Botanical Garden. It is well laid out with a wonderful diversity of plants - surely a place one would visit regularly to see it bloom in its different seasons. The labelling of plants/trees could be more consistently done/more accessible, but that's a suggestion for improvement rather than a complaint. The staff and... More

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Vancouver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This is a wonderful place to take a stroll, explore the plants, have a picnic, or sit on the grass and read a book. There are so many twists and turns in the part. It feels like you're really somewhere else. Get a year pass -- then you can go for shorter visits and not feel like you have to... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

I'm not your typical public garden visitor and I was dragged to this venue by the others on our trip. However, I was delightfully surprised. It was a great walk in a fantastic location. The diversity was a lot of fun and there were great pictures to be taken all over. Definitely worth a few hours during your visit if... More

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We are a 60(ish) couple and travel frequently. This garden was one of our "top 5" experiences on a recent 10 day trip to Vancouver. Suggest you allow at least 2-3 hours to stroll the paths. There are many benches throughout the gardens, perched for just the right view over ponds and gardens.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I enjoyed the lunch menu. Convenient for people who drive or who need to take public transit. It was nice and quiet and the perfect place to catch up with friends.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We spent a couple of hours this afternoon in the VanDusen botanical garden - it's 44 acres, so it takes awhile to walk around. In particular we enjoyed the thematic gardens (meditation garden, rose garden, heather garden, vegetable garden, fragrance garden) and although we've been in gardens that have done a bit more with these concepts, it was a pleasant... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

My husband and I went to Vancouver with my sister and brother-in-law a few days before our cruise. We chose to go to VanDeusen because of the great reviews. We were all so glad we went. Vivid colors, acres and acres of well-done exhibits, and the maze was fun. We were a little early to see the rose garden blooming,... More

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