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

Official Website: VanDusen Botanical Garden

Fee: Yes

Regular Hours:
May differ on holidays

  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

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

Phone: (604) 257-8463

Official Website: VanDusen Botanical Garden


Rated 4.7 out of 5VanDusen Botanical Garden Star Rating

5 Star Rating Even in October, the garden was absolutely gorgeous. Even my 2 kids absolutely loved it. We spent a couple of hours walking around and didn't even get to see everything because we had another stop to make. Definitely would go again in the spring to see more things blooming.

Heather Pinske - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Even nearing winter, this is an amazing place to go for a stroll. Budget at least 1-1.5 hours to see everything, and take your time. For under $10 for adults, this is the best value attraction in Vancouver for sure. Lots of interesting/new plants for me, and even gadwall and hooded mergansers.

Elia Mikhael - 2 days ago

5 Star Rating The best $13 you can spend! I went in mid-June and the garden was beautiful, even though most of the flowers had bloomed. The roses were stunning!! I went first thing in the morning, which was great because no people were in my pictures! I spent a solid 1.5 hours here just exploring - it was gorgeous! Highly recommended at any time of the year - the winter display is stunning!!

Viola Cohen - 4 months ago

5 Star Rating This garden is wonderful! It is pretty large and there are many different themed areas to discover. The many different plants are very well arranged, properly labelled and you can see, that someone has put much time and energy into creating this beautiful place. Everything is very clean and tidy and it's really enjoyable to walk around. For so much work, the ticket price is more than reasonable.

Flix - 2 months ago

4 Star Rating Very beautiful and fun to explore! Not as busy as some of the other gardens in B. C, so more peaceful and serene. The entry price was great too, it was around $25 for 2 adults. What would have made it better would be if there were more signs telling you where you were throughout. I think we only saw 2 the whole time and my partner and I did a lot of backtracking etc to try and see it all, and even then I think we missed a couple areas because lack of signage. Would probably go back though if looking for something to do and was in the area!

Bryanna McLean - 3 months ago

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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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