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Top 5 Gardens in Vancouver

With nicer weather upon us in Vancouver, many of us are seeking activities to get us out and about. So whether you are doing a staycation or are a visitor to this beautiful city, you definitely will want to check out these easily accessible gardens.

Here are 5 gardens in Vancouver that we just simply love – a perfect activity for sunny days!


5. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden


The Dr. Sun Yat -Sen Classical Chinese Garden, named after the “father of modern China” was opened in 1986 and is the first Chinese garden to be built outside China. It was designed to act as a bridge between Chinese and Western cultures. It has even been named the “World’s Top City Garden” by National Geographic.

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4. UBC Botanical Garden


The UBC Botanical Garden was established in 1916 and is the oldest botanical garden at a Canadian university. The garden is a sprawling 44 hectares (110 acres) in size and houses over 8,000 different kinds of plants.

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3. Nitobe Memorial Garden


The Nitrobe Memorial Garden is a traditional Japanese garden at the University of British Columbia, and was opened in 1960. It is 1 hectare (2 ½ acres) in size and features a fully functional Japanese tea house, along with a tea garden. It is separate to UBC Botanical Garden, however, administered by the same group.

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2. Bloedel Conservatory


The Blodel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park first opened its doors in 1969. It’s an aviary and conservatory, housing over 100 species of birds and 500 species of plants. This is a wonderful family-friendly option and a convenient distance from downtown Vancouver.

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1. VanDusen Botanical Garden


The award-winning VanDusen Botanical Garden opened to the public in 1975. It is an impressive 22 hectares (55 acres) in size and is known for having an extensive collection of plants, from all over the world. It’s only a short distance from Queen Elizabeth Park.

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