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 – 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 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 4.5 out of 5

5 Star Rating I have been to Van Dusen half a dozen times now, in all seasons, and I adore it. The gardens are spacious and have different zones and areas of landscaped wonders. It's a wonderful place to unwind, chill out in the meditation garden, stroll through the rose garden, or catch up with a friend as you saunter along the trails.

Trella C. - 10 days ago

5 Star Rating when i'm arrived i just want to stay 2hours maximum but finaly i'm staying 4h because it's beautiful. it's maybe in the top 10 of things to see in the vancouver location.

maxime badet - 20 days ago

5 Star Rating Stunning botanical garden that is worth seeing year round. Lovely ponds and walking paths. The park has a nice snack/lunch spot and a fun maze.

Benjamin Bolliger - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating This is one of my favourite botanical gardens in North America. Great price ($11 for adults) and easy way to spend afternoon strolling. I highly recommend getting the tour guides (I believe they are around 2 pm and are included in the price). Every time I go it's breathtaking!

Lis Melo - 1 month 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 - 3 months ago


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