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Milner Gardens & Woodland

2179 Island Hwy W, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia V9K 1G1, Canada
+1 250-752-6153
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Beautiful gardens

We lucked out at the gardens because they had an art show in the gardens. It was a nice break after... read more

Reviewed August 8, 2016
Edmonton, Canada
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Landscaped & natural

Parking on site, trails were interesting and informative, the gardens combined natural woodland... read more

Reviewed July 22, 2016
Alicante, Spain
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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.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good36%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“scones” (33 reviews)
“tea house” (17 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 4:30 AM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
2179 Island Hwy W, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia V9K 1G1, Canada
+1 250-752-6153
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Reviewed August 8, 2016 via mobile

We lucked out at the gardens because they had an art show in the gardens. It was a nice break after travelling from Victoria. There were lots of birds in the garden and I even saw a Pileated Woodpecker . They serve tea and light...More

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Reviewed July 22, 2016

Parking on site, trails were interesting and informative, the gardens combined natural woodland settings, lanscaped gardens and works of art. There is also superb viewpoints. The food in the cafe is outstanding (cheese scone and soup).

Thank STWAlicante_Spain
Reviewed July 13, 2016

It is a lovely place to visit and see the beauty of cedars, native plants and rhododendrons! The gift shop has delights like fairies for fairy houses and seeds for planting at home. Don't miss tea or soup and scones in the Milner house. There...More

Thank Moonbeams7
Reviewed July 13, 2016

These gardens are beautiful, not manicured but "tamed" rather than wild woodland. My old Mum was even able to take her walker all the way down to the house over the boardwalk. The view from the house is spectacular. Take time to stop and have...More

Thank rallyist
Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

It was a bit of a rainy day when the sign caught our attention as we drove by. We decided to turn around and come back to see what it was all about. We were sure glad we did. Our walk through the beautiful estate...More

Thank sandragracie
Reviewed July 12, 2016 via mobile

This is a lovely place to visit. Only $22 for a family of 4 as kids under 12 go free. We spent a few hours here. Volunteers are knowledgeable and friendly. Nice history associated with the estate Gardens and woodland are well cared for. Impressive....More

Thank GuidoScotland
Reviewed July 8, 2016

I was a bit surprised by the fee to come in to the gardens - $22.00 for the two of us, but I think it was worth it. We walked around the forest and gardens, which were breath-taking, and really liked the little plaques that...More

Thank Peter F
Reviewed June 26, 2016

We visited the gardens and walked through both paths to get to and from the house. Soup and scones with tea at the house was delicious. We shared a couple of tastey desserts and had a fun visit. The volunteers who operate the restaurant were...More

Thank DonnaLou_12
Reviewed June 23, 2016

I was delighted to read about the Fairy Garden display June 23-26, 2016 in the local newspaper. It was brilliantly written and made a point of going first thing the first day in the morning. What a delightful idea! Stunning little pathways with hidden homes...quiet,...More

Thank patriciae648
Reviewed June 16, 2016

This is what you’d call an English Woodland Garden. Un-landscaped for the most part. Quiet. Nice paths. Good bathroom facilities. Totally fenced into keep the zillions of deer out. Closes at 4PM so don't count on a twilight stroll.

Thank mad_low
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Pam S
July 25, 2016|
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Response from patriciae648 | Reviewed this property |
I did not see anyone there with a dog but do not know the answer to that question.
Carolyn V
May 10, 2015|
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Response from patriciae648 | Reviewed this property |
It is $11.00 for adults and reduced for students, seniors (65) and children. We ended up paying for two adult fares but talked with a volunteer later that suggested if we lived nearby which we do, it would be worth our... More