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Address: 2179 West Island Hwy, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia V9K 1G1 , Canada
Phone Number: +1 250-752-6153
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Vancouver Island University's Milner Gardens & Woodland is a magical...
Vancouver Island University's Milner Gardens & Woodland is a magical seaside retreat once reserved for royalty. Sheltered on three sides by old-growth forest, this one-of-a kind woodland estate rejuvenates the soul with its gardens and magnificent coastal views. Enjoy the charming Camellia Tea Room after strolling the grounds and contemplate the history of the Gardens or fantasize about having them all to yourself.
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Beautiful.

A great place for a long walk or ride in if you can't walk far. Many nooks to sit, relax and sip a cool drink. Didn't stop for high tea…to expensive for my taste.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

A great place for a long walk or ride in if you can't walk far. Many nooks to sit, relax and sip a cool drink. Didn't stop for high tea…to expensive for my taste.

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Parksville, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Milner's is a lovely adventure with an old English high tea at the end of a garden walk - doesn't get better than that

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We have been to Milner Gardens several times on previous trips to the Parksville/Qualicum Beach area and each time we go, we see something different. It is a lovely spot with a fabulous view of the water from the main house. At this time of the year, the spring flowers are in their glory although we understand because of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We had a nice time tromping around Milner Gardens. There were lots of flowers blooming and they keep the grounds in pristine condition. I see that the local university is responsible for the fine upkeep and there are many well-informed staff members milling around. We stopped for delicious tea and snacks in the tea house. It was very cute without... More 

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Parksville, Canada
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3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The light display was wonderful and the caroling was lovely. We had a very mild winter in the west and it was easy to walk through the gorgeous Christmas atmosphere. A wonderful way to get into the Christmas Spirit.

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WoodedGarden, Manager at Milner Gardens and Woodland, responded to this review

We're very glad to hear you enjoyed Milner Christmas Magic! We have lots of fun putting it on and it is always great to know people are enjoying themselves. More 

Buford, Georgia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My husband and I stopped here on a whim just to see. We were told we should do afternoon tea in Victoria but the price was ridiculous so we tried the tea here and so happy we did. It was quaint, quiet, secluded and not expensive. The ladies serving the tea, and crumpets were so sweet and lovely. The Gardens... More 

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WoodedGarden, Manager at Milner Gardens and Woodland, responded to this review

We are glad you stopped by and enjoyed your visit. The Tea Room ladies are an amazing group of volunteers, always lots of great laughter and energy there. Sorry the labyrinth wasn't what you expected, but good to hear you liked the rest of your visit. More 

Victoria, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Definitely worth stopping for a walkabout. Lovely old, established gardens with unique flora including some very large rhododendrons and unusual trees. The lawn in front of the main house is just stunning, with views of the ocean. (While we were there, we saw a deer walking along the beach down below.) This is a great place for young kids right... More 

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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Milner Gardens is stunning. It is at its best during the Rhododendron Bloom in spring, but delightful any time of year. The sweeping sea view is wonderful, and the selection of specimen trees is the best in the central island area. Look for the Davidia, the Spanish Chestnut, and the Clerodendron. Veronica Milner painted her garden and her gardens are... More 

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Wolfville, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Don't miss a visit to Milner Gardens, or better still - become a member! The grounds are beautifully located with gorgeous ocean views, and the house is quaint and picturesque. The volunteers do a great job enthusiastically relating the history of the property, and serving afternoon tea out of traditional bone china teacups - very civilized indeed! The lunches are... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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212 attraction reviews
229 helpful votes 229 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This unique estate is well worth the visit, supported by volunteers on a daily basis is to be commended! We came towards the end of the season, however the view over the water & décor of the iconic house was well worth the visit. If the walls could only speak of who has enjoyed there time in this home? Just... More 

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