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“Capture time,experience discovery,fill your boots; ,plus some!Tread softly where Royalty slept.where Royalty”

Milner Gardens & Woodland
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed March 28, 2012

Insider information obtained when you read "In Veronica's Garden" by Margaret Cadawaladar.Veronica,relative of Sir Winston Churchill,toiled with vision and commitment to leave a legacy of 70 acres to Qualicum Beach in perpetuity.Enjoy the beauty of this endowment.,afternoon tea and a time long since gone by.

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Reviewed February 20, 2012

Magical! I'm nearly 60 and went with my husband, adult son, and two grand daughters during their light up in December. The entire experience was magical for all of us.

Imagine walking in the dark, in the gently crisp evenings here in Qualicum Beach, yet walking through a forest feels as though it's enchanted. That was our experience. The staff and numerous volunteers strung an AMAZING amount of lights throughout. They had things so incredibly organized including golf cart type rides for those who were not able to walk all the way through the forest. But if you can walk, do so!

There was Santa and I won't spoil the surprise by telling you about the great location he was in. The house at the end had live music, a storyteller for the children in a real warm cozy room, the tea room was open, and outside was a great stand selling hot cider (delicious), hot chocolate, hot dogs & hamburgers, and other snack foods.

This enchanting light filled forest should absolutely not be missed. I can hardly wait to go again next December.

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Reviewed January 26, 2012

My husband and I are always looking for little unknown things to do or places to go,we live on vancouver island and made the effort last summer to find some outings that we do not normally do-we were so pleased with the music in the garden that is put on a few times through summer,its a early evening presentation,we took in 2 evenings last summer..one was a jazz evening, I am not a jazz fan but loved the show these musicians put on,the other event was the Nanaimo orchestra..another wonderful evening of outdoor entertainment,There are refreshments and food available..lawn chairs provided..rain or shine..we take blankets as the concert is near, the water and it can cool off. We plan on taking in these events this summer and more..plus spending time at the garedn when it is in full bloom..a nice way to spend a summer evening..

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Reviewed November 2, 2011

We visited while many artists had displayed their works on or by a tree, took pictures of all of them, even of the lady who was painting a landscape ,while we wore comfortable walking shoes. Several hours was required to see most of this natural setting, then ended up in the teahouse for tea and scones while enjoying the view from the water's edge.
It was a worthwhile and recommendable experience and will come back (from St. Catharines Ontario), when the opportunity lends itself.

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Reviewed September 5, 2011

This garden is best viewed in springtime, when the azaleas and rhodos are in full bloom. The garden has a lot of unused potential in other seasons, but seems limited by budget or other reasons. There are no real formal areas that you might expect(and it could probably use a bit of), but what you find is a quiet, scenic, woodland style private garden with friendly volunteers and a lot of charm. Definitely worth the modest price of admission or repeat visits if you choose to become a member.

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