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 – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 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 This is a fantastic place in every season! Well-maintained garden with tons of things to see and learn. One visit is probably not enough to discover all of it. The maze is very cool. Admission for one is only $8. There is an artisan shop close to the entrance with way overpriced products, I don't recommend to anyone to buy anything. I didn't discover the Truffle coffee, though.

Livia Evergreen - 5 days ago

5 Star Rating The VanDusen Botanical Gardens was absolutely breathtaking. We were very happy that we decided to stop and check it out as we had driven by it a few times. The scenery is amazing, the air smells fresh and clean, and it's a nice place to go for a walk, and get away from the stress of every day life. Would absolutely recommend for everyone to visit the gardens when they visit Vancouver. AMAZING!!

Caroline El - 18 days ago

4 Star Rating Lovely garden year-round, from the first buds at the beginning of Spring, to the Laburnum walk in May, to the fall colours in Autumn. Go early to avoid crowds for a peaceful stroll. The plants look even lovelier with some dew. The holiday light displays are slowly improving over the years, although some parts are super cheesy. It's no Butchart Gardens yet, but the price of admission to VanDusen is also a lot less because it's more volunteer-run.

Sally Minz - 23 days ago

5 Star Rating One of the best gardens we have ever experienced. Wonderful openness that really gave a very peaceful experience. Very diverse ecological areas with well labeled Flora. Sculptures on display in a very tasteful and appropriate manner. Low entry fee. Very, very nice.

Stu Barrett - 23 days ago

5 Star Rating I went in the fall when most of the plants/trees were not thriving like in the summer but it was still beautiful! The paths are all laid out well and kept clean to walk on. The plants are all labeled for those enthusiasts out there. There were places to rest and eat (even though I did not grab a bite). Parking was not that bad to find as well. Lots of opportunities to take great pictures as well whether it be for a ceremony, for fun or portrait shots.

Sara Mia - 2 months ago


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