VanDusen Botanical Garden

VanDusen Botanical Garden located in the heart of Vancouver features a collection of over 7500 varieties of plants from around the world

VanDusen Botanical Garden with North shore mountains in background
VanDusen Botanical Garden with North shore mountains in background cc licensed photo shared by Stan Shebs

VanDusen Botanical Garden once a full-length golf course that was slated to be developed for housing in the 1970s was saved through the efforts of group of citizens and the Vancouver Parks Board. The project was funded equally by the City of Vancouver, the Province and Mr. W.J. VanDusen.

First opened in 1975 this spectacular garden has gained an international reputation with its diverse collection of over 7500 varieties of plants from around the world. These are all displayed in a beautiful setting among lawns, ponds and rock work with views of the north-shore mountains beyond. Words cannot adequately describe the beauty of this Vancouver gem, so be sure to click on the photo and video tab to see some examples the amazing beauty you will experience there.

The displays are great at any time of the year, but they are, no doubt, at their very best during the spring and summer months.

VanDusen Botanical Garden does have a small admission fee. Visit their official website linked below for current rates.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Open Now: No

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Address: 5251 Oak St, Vancouver, BC V6M 4H1, Canada

Phone: (604) 257-8335

Official Website: VanDusen Botanical Garden

How to get to VanDusen Botanical Garden by Skytrain and Bus

Skytrain and Bus Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Canada LineOakridge - 41st Station1 or 6 Minutes

Get off the Canada Line at Oakridge - 41st Station and turn left out of the station. Cross over to the far (North) side of 41st Avenue and take the #41 or #43 UBC bus westbound on 41st Avenue. After a very short bus ride, get off at Oak Street, walk back to the corner, go left and walk 4 blocks up Oak Street to West 37th Avenue (about 6 minutes). If you don't wish to walk the 4 blocks you can take the #17 UBC bus North to West 37th Avenue from the other side of Oak Street.

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VanDusen Botanical Garden Reviews

Overall Rating: 4.4 out of 5 based on 70 reviews. See all

4 Star Rating A beautiful and quiet spot. Affiliated with the Bloedel aviary as well so ask about tickets that cover both.

Stephen Willey - 4 days ago

5 Star Rating Remarkable large, I saw some owls while here which was neat

Cody Limber - 13 days ago

5 Star Rating I've been here for the Festival of Lights near the end of the year for two years in a row now. It's definitely a pretty place to come to and I can say it will get crowded!

Alex Vardy - 2 months ago

4 Star Rating I hope you like plants. Also, it's so quaint it'll make your head explode. The after church crowd loves it. Great for kids. On the other hand...if you're in your mid-20's and you're looking for something awesome to do, this is probably not it. My wife and I really enjoyed it, but we saw some truly disappointed backpackers that wondered how and why they got locked into a tour.

Josh Loewen - 3 months ago

2 Star Rating If you go to the festival of lights go on a weekday. The Van Dusen doesn't have proper staff to deal with the amount of people on the weekends. Extremely rude and disorganized front staff at the gate. It was a chaos trying to get in. But, once you get in its wonderful! I would go back on a weekday. The garden is so well done with the lights.

Kyle style - 11 months ago

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