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 – 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

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

Phone: (604) 257-8335

Official Website: VanDusen Botanical Garden


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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Rated 4.6 out of 5

5 Star Rating Amazing place, so much to see. Went when there was a car show going on as well. Will definitely go back.

Glen B - 7 days ago

5 Star Rating VanDusen is an absolutely beautiful park. The gardens are broken up into flora from different regions around the world. The botanical center itself is a stunning piece of sustainable architecture and design, almost worth checking out on its own. Some highlights include the springtime Cherry blossoms, the car show, and definitely the Christmas lights during the winter.

Robb Scott - 13 days ago

4 Star Rating It's simply relaxing walking around the garden. You'll practically spend a half day enjoying the sights. Bring your own food though. They are pricey inside.

Ronnie Fuentes - 18 days ago

5 Star Rating This botanical garden amazed me. It is extremely well kept and a lot of work and love are obviously going into it's maintenance. Very beautiful with lots of things to see. You can literally spend days here walking, looking and exploring.

Jörg Wagner - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Aside from being a bit pricy, this place is incredible. Constantly changing with the seasons but always a new kind of beautiful. Great educational experience for kids or adults. What I found most intriguing in my visit is that they have different areas specified for plants from each different part of the world. I visited most recently for the Sakura Japanese Fair as a part of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom festival. It was an amazing experience and I would recommend to anyone in the coming years to take part in the event.

Kali Stierle - 1 month ago


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