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 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 above for current rates.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

VanDusen Botanical Garden Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

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

Phone: (604) 257-8463

Official Website: VanDusen Botanical Garden

VanDusen Botanical Garden Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

4 Star Rating First time coming here and I enjoyed myself. It was a great walk and views of the garden. Nice little sit down area within the garden where you can relax and have some quiet time. Even though there's many others walking throughout, you're still able to have peace and relaxation. 4 stars due to customer service at the ticket booth, but other than that, I enjoyed myself.
Ebony Renee - 3 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating Absolutely stunning. We came here in late April during a stretch of rainy days. Not everything was in bloom yet but it was still beautiful. There were plants, flowers and trees from various biomes across Canada and the world - from towering west coast redwoods to South American coastal flowers. I highly recommend visiting here on any trip to Vancouver. There is a restaurant on site but we did not visit. Parking is limited but free
K - a week ago

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5 Star Rating My favorite spot in Vancouver. I recommend it a hundred percent to every friend who visited Vancouver. I’ve been to the garden in all seasons and every season the garden is beautiful in a different way. In the summer there is lotus flower in the pond and sunflowers. In the autumn, there is gingko and maple leaves falling. This time, I saw cherry blossoms, tulips and pink maple leaves!! The pink maple leaves were a highlight of my visit. The garden is so peaceful. I took some great pictures during my visit.
Tingyu Xu - a week ago

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5 Star Rating Super amazing first experience in this event and garden. So many beautiful lights that we were not able to explore as much but we will definitely come back again to check out the rest of the area. Worth the money and time. Spend your holidays with your loved ones here from young to old. They also serve hot chocolate and hot drinks inside to warm up while walking through the garden. Make sure to book your tickets in advance because they do sell out fast during the holidays.
Celine DC - 2 months ago

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5 Star Rating First time to go and see the garden. Walked around and after lunch, rode in one of their golf carts and the lady was very thorough about describing the flowers and plants. It was interesting to listen to her and she's very good at it.
maria crofts - a week ago

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

How to get to VanDusen Botanical Garden by Skytrain and Bus

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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