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VanDusen Botanical Garden

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Address: 5251 Oak St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6M 4H1, Canada
Phone Number: 604-878-9274
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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This beautiful garden has 22 hectares of plants and trees.

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A great place to go for a walk!

I went while there was nothing in bloom and it was still beautiful. I would definitely recommend getting a map of the garden though. The staff that served me did not provide me... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I went while there was nothing in bloom and it was still beautiful. I would definitely recommend getting a map of the garden though. The staff that served me did not provide me with any map or inform me where to start which caused me to search for things, often without locating them, or go through the same area on... More 

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Toronto, ON
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127 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were at the garden for the festival of lights over Christmas an event not to be missed, and returned today for family day. Always hard to find parking on event days, but worth the trouble. A beautiful walk on a nice day, although the gardens are a much better place to visit in the spring and summer when the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you love botanical gardens, you 'll be in for a treat at VanDusen off Oak Street in Vancouver. It's a quick visit in from downtown Vancouver and can be part of a Garden Tour with Queen Elizabeth Park not too far away. VanDusen also has an excellent cafe and restaurant so you can spend the entire day or an... More 

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Vancouver, BC, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The VanDusen Botanical Gardens on Oak street is nice if you like botanicals. It is actually larger than it seems. It is great on a nice sunny day as it has a restaurant and nice patio.

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Langley, BC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited on New Years Eve , the very last day of the Festival of Lights. It was difficult to find a place to park and the line up for tickets was very long. However, once inside we didn't notice the large crowds. We were totally amazed and in awe of the many lights displayed throughout the gardens. Just beautiful!!... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a nice visit but unfortunately it was raining the day I went. Umbrellas are provided for free which is a nice touch and they will hold your bag for you at the desk (not secured so bring your wallet). In the fall, you do not get to see the nice blooms and such but can still appreciate the... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

All locals and tourists should make a point of visiting this gem. It's a large, beautiful botanical garden, with lots of beautiful themed gardens, art installations and endless photo opportunities. The food in the café is really good and I look forward to ordering one of their picnic baskets to take out into the gardens for a romantic al fresco... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was here during December so coming here to witness the Christmas lights first hand was a must. I had heard great things about it and didn’t want to miss the show so I went ahead and bought the tickets online. The place was lit up amazingly and perfect for not just kids but people of all ages.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Every time we visited Vancouver, Christmas Lights in the Garden has become our family tradition. 5 years ago, on our visits, my two years old and 8 years old by then, enjoyed it very much, particularly the magician show. 3 years ago, we visited again, the lights and the same magician made the whole family laughed. This year, the magician... More 

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Penrith, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We saw this in it's absolute winter glory. I felt like a child in a candy shop. I love Christmas and putting up all my decorations but this exceeded all my wildest dreams It was a perfect introduction to my life time dream of a White Christmas. No one on my bucket list has definitely been crossed off! AMAZING!

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Shaughnessy
Residential neighbourhood to the ultra-wealthy, the gorgeous manor houses centred around The Crescent area are a fabled sight to behold. Shaughnessy is Vancouver's most verdant plotted neighbourhood, and its tree-lined streets, walking routes, bike trails, and charming public parks make for an ideal location to spend and afternoon communing with nature. Consequently, it is also the botanical centre of the city, featuring conservatories and an expansive Botanical Garden, taming and sculpting the wild into seasonal viewing areas and enchanting landscapes. Quiet, elegant Shaughnessy excels at providing the Three Gs: Gardens, Golfing, and Galleries.