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: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 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

Overall Rating: 4.4 out of 5 based on 130 reviews. See all

5 Star Rating Great place during almost all seasons. Walking around spring is breathtaking. During Christmas they light up the place and have Santa Claus for the kids to see.

Jora Nijjar - 5 days ago

3 Star Rating Beautiful, manicured park. Entrance fee makes it less appealing considering so mamy other free public places around with natural beauty. The lights festival is pretty dazzling but often long entry line ups, limited parking and extra fee. Touristy - maybe worth a visit once, or around Christmas to get in the "winter holiday" spirit.

Vie L. - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Wow such an amazing garden. Would highly recommend to see. Very popular visit for parents with kids also. Lots to see, relaxing environment, even in the off season. Will be back for the lights festival.

Nathaniel N - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating The VanDusen Botanical Garden is a great park. We have come here often to take photographs and go for a walk in the park. I recommend visiting this park several times to see the different seasons at the VanDusen Botanical Garden. - A Richard Trus review

Richard Trus - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating I came for the Christmas Light Display during December, and it was beautiful. I'd suggest buying your tickets online - there's an extra price attached to that, but when now you don't have to stand in the cold in the huge line up to buy tickets at the box office. Come before the park opens - you'll get a decent parking spot, and the park won't be quite as busy yet so you'll be able to get lots of photos without people walking in them. You'll also be able to have the sunset while you're there, which is an added bonus. Just make sure you wear gloves! Or bring hot packets for your hands, because it's damn cold outside.

Melanie Tan - 2 months ago

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