University of Alberta Botanic Garden, Edmonton

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Enjoy a relaxing stroll around the leafy paths and cultivated gardens of University of Alberta Botanic Garden, a verdant 97 ha (240 ac) expanse scattered with plant collections, indoor shophouses and an extensive nature trail system. Take your time to explore some of the many tranquil spots of natural beauty, including the Kurimoto Japanese Garden, the Tropical Shophouse complete with stunning exotic butterflies and Temperate and Arid Showhouses. Established in 1959, the gardens are also a research facility for the University of Alberta, who maintain the grounds and focus on conservation and environmental education. When you need to rest your feet, stop by the onsite Patio Cafe for a refreshment. Using our online itinerary creator, Edmonton attractions like University of Alberta Botanic Garden can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • It's a nice garden to visit summer. In winter they have luminaria which is nice too but you really need to bundle up. It can be really cold  more »
  • Incredible variety of plants, as any good Botanical Garden should have. Lovely walking trails. Many heritage plant species are nurtured here  more »
  • It was a quiet place to visit and we spent a couple hours there. Would have been good if there was lots more tourist services there or more to do.  more »
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  • I like nature so in general it's a good place to be outside. The herb, sensory and native gardens are very interesting. There is a big construction plot right in the middle that obstructs a small part of the garden. Unrelated, parts of the park are taped off and closed. The wetland reserve and a few trails. So that was disappointing. The greenhouses and butterfly sanctuary outside the Japanese garden are pretty good. The ice cream is great with a waffle cone. I never did the tour unfortunately.
  • Staff says there is a little construction. Not. The entire main garden has been taken out for the new Islamic garden which totally changes the feel of the place. Currated nature has been replaced with masses of concrete. And, for a while back up beepers and equipment will make it difficult to enjoy the rest of the garden. The nature trails are currently closed off. Flowers are decent this year and the Japanese garden is reasonably quiet. Just expect to walk for a ways to get past the construction to the rose, herb, peony, alpine, ... gardens.
  • This is a great family outing. There was construction when we went but I know that is going to make it better. Our issue was with the staff members. The lady at the front counter was extremely nice and helpful but it ended there. The staff within the gardens were rude. Blocking paths without acknowledging people trying to get by. Bathrooms are also really bad once past the main ones.
  • One of the excellent place to have family outing. The Japanese garden is beautiful and looking forward to visiting the new Again Khan park which currently under construction. Recommend for families.
  • Beautiful and a must-visit place in Edmonton. just try to visit in middle of summer instead of early spring when the flowers bloom

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