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

Open Now: No

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM – 8:30 PM

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

Phone: (604) 257-8335

Official Website: VanDusen Botanical Garden

Directions

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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Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5

3 Star Rating I came as a tourist and visited Vandusan botanical garden which was one of the best botanical gardens I have ever visited due to the fact that you can learn a lot about trees, flowers, and variety and diversity of plants that I have read about in scientific magazines and textbooks. Some plants like the pitcher plant, meat eaters being taught to college students in ecology and plant science but never seen in real life till this visit. Vandusan botanical garden is a great place to enjoy the day at any season and experience a memorable time in a wonderful world!.

Ibrahim Messaad - 11 days ago

5 Star Rating It was a cloudy/rainy day but we enjoyed our visit very much. A large variety of plants, beautiful set-ups, and we loved the maze!

Allison Huynh - 16 days ago

5 Star Rating A very nice garden. Very well maintained. Vancouver is known for its long growing season. This is an evidence of it. Vancouverans should be proud of this place. Food is fine in the cafe. Staff is friendly and informative.

Zhou Yu - 16 days ago

5 Star Rating It was my first time to this park and I loved every minute of it! Some say the maze is too easy but a lot of people were totally lost, you could hear them trying to find the way out.. and having fun doing it. The people who work there were so nice and willing to provide me any information I needed. I went on my own and there were many times when I was completely alone and thoroughly enjoyed the peacefulness.

Eva Harris - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating I've travelled to more than 30 countries till now and visited dozens Botanical Gardens around the world. VanDusen is, without doubt, one of the prettiest gardens you will ever visit. Spring is gorgeous, summer is fabulous, autumn has a special character and winter has illuminations and music. Whenever you go, your pictures will always remind how fortunate you were for visiting one of the best gardens in our planet! Enjoy your visit! It's really awesome there!

Cecilia Teixeira - 2 months ago

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