Whilst rounding up an island-hopping cycle trip and being too early for the ferry, we asked the super-helpful BC Ferries girl whether the downhill to the Japanese Gardens (and therefore the uphill return slog) were worth doing in a 1 hour time window in the drizzle. She should probably work for the Tourist Board as she upsold theGardens in some style.
She was not wrong...even on a wet May Sunday morning, this sizeable garden hidden in the forest is just stunning...the little plaques outlining the history, the obvious love and attention that go into maintaining the garden, and the very real feeling of peace and tranquility they inspire make them well worth finding. There have even been weddings there and I am not surprised.
For families there is a small play area adjacent with a zip line et al, which means a family morning/afternoon out with a picnic etc with small kids would be really good. The gardens however, are a testament to the vision and attentiveness of those who planned and maintained them. Visit, donate and reflect. You will not be disappointed
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