UBC Botanical Garden

Have fun exploring the beautiful gardens and the canopy walkway at the UBC Botanical Garden

UBC Botanical Garden in the Fall
UBC Botanical Garden in the Fall cc licensed photo by Wendy Cutler

The UBC Botanical Garden is comprised of bunch of smaller themed gardens, each of which are very interesting in there own rite. In addition to the themed gardens, you simply won't want to miss going for a tour on the amazing Canopy Walkway.

We'll start with the themed gardens. There are 8 main themed gardens as follows: Asian Garden, BC Rainforest Garden, Alpine Garden, Food Garden, Physic Garden, Carolinian Forest, Garry Oak and at a separate locate, but within walking distance, the seasonal Nitobe Memorial Garden. Each of these gardens explores a different area of botany and they are both beautiful and educational.

In addition, there are 7 smaller specialty gardens and areas that include the following: Pacific Slope Garden, Arbour Garden, Winter Garden, Perennial Borders Garden, Dwarf Conifers Garden, Cattail Marsh, and the Walk in the Woods Trail.

The number one highlight that visitors rave about though is the Canopy Walkway Tour. Keep in mind that these only operate from April 1st through October 31st. The canopy walkway tour takes you on a trail system that consists of over a 1000 feet of suspension bridges suspended high in the old growth forest. From this vantage point you will enjoy a perspective on the forest that you would never have from the ground -- and its also a great deal of fun.

Rates for the above attractions are very reasonable and there are various combinations available depending on what you would like to see. We just given you a quick overview here, so head on over the the official website linked to below for complete details.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

UBC Botanical Garden Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Address: 6804 SW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada

Phone: (604) 822-4208

Official Website: UBC Botanical Garden

UBC Botanical Garden Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating This was such a hidden gem! It was pretty quiet even on a Sunday afternoon. I’m so glad I decided to come because it felt very peaceful. I wish it wasn’t so close to the highway, but the trees were so beautiful. You can take your time and walk around for 2+ hours here. The trails are well kept. I highly recommend doing the tree walk! It felt magical to walk with the trees, especially when it wasn’t too busy. The guy who runs the walk is really friendly too. He can tell you all about the forest! There is also a special deal if you want to visit this garden and the Japanese garden. Ask the front desk people about combining the tickets.
Bianca Ng - 6 months ago

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4 Star Rating This was well worth the $5 entrance fee (winter rate). It was a pleasant fall walk, but 1.5 hours wasn't enough to see everything. My only disappointments were that the treetop walk was closed, and there was a section closed for renovations.
Angela Jeffery - 4 months ago

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5 Star Rating I am not much of a garden person nor do I have much knowledge of plants but it is a beautiful walk and the Treewalk was really fun! If you are a plant person then you will probably have much more appreciation for the gardens. There are plaques throughout that explain what is planted. I enjoyed the gardens on the other side of the tunnel, they gardens are set up in an artistic way and it’s very beautiful. The gardens are fairly inexpensive attraction to enjoy and is in the heart of UBC which is beautiful in and of itself.
Kaley Merritt - 6 months ago

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5 Star Rating Beautiful experience exploring the Botanical garden, we bought family tickets which includes two adults and four youth and it cost only 50 CAD. This package included the tree walk which was amazing. Its a hanging walkway between trees. And you need atleast 2 to 3 hours to explore most of it. We arrived bit late and garden close at 4.30 pm.
Junaid Mirza - 8 months ago

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5 Star Rating Beautiful garden with a big variety of trees. The tree walk is worth it (if you’re not afraid of hights)
Carolin Schneider - 5 months ago

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SkyTrain Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Expo LineCommercial-Broadway1 Minute
Canada LineBroadway-City Hall1 Minute
Millennium LineVCC-Clark1 Minute

How to get to UBC Botanical Garden by SkyTrain

From VCC-Clark SkyTrain Station on the Millennium Line catch the #84 UBC to its terminus at the UBC bus loop. From Commercial-Broadway Station on the Expo Line or Broadway-City Hall Station on the Canada Line catch the #99 UBC westbound on Broadway to its terminus at the UBC bus loop.

Alternatively from Monday to Friday only, before 7 pm, if coming from Downtown; you can take the #44 UBC from in front of either Waterfront or Burrard Station to the UBC bus loop.

From the bus loop catch the Community Shuttle bus #C20 from bay 15 just outside the northwest corner of the main bus loop and take it to westbound West Mall at Stadium Road. This is about a 6 minute bus ride and the bus runs every 20 minutes (30 on Sundays).

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