VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver

4.6
#7 of 32 in Parks in Vancouver
At VanDusen Botanical Garden, take a peaceful stroll through a vibrantly colored floral display of gardens and trees spreading over 22 ha (54 ac). At the botanical garden, find carved totem poles, large stone sculptures, a Korean pavilion, and a garden maze that can be navigated by children. There is a large collection of rhododendrons and Fagus Sylvatica, as well as sorbus, fraxinus, and magnolia plant and flower species. Visit the website to find out when each type of plant blooms. By using our Vancouver travel route planner, you can arrange your visit to VanDusen Botanical Garden and other attractions in Vancouver.
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  • Go and see the spectacular Christmas lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden, it's well worth the trip. And spend some time there, there's lots to see. In the centre we enjoyed live Christmas songs and ou...  more »
  • What a great place to see the best Christmas lights in all of Vancouver! The paths were many, the music wonderful, the design clever and traditional! Many stops for food and drink as well! I will defi...  more »
  • The gardens are all lit up at night during Christmas. For children is fantastic, like a fairy tale. For the adults, not very cool, very colorful lights seem to be placed without a project, a caution. Gets the impression that were placed all possible lights, but there is a concern with the visual. Is heavily polluted.
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  • Beautiful place. We went to see the Christmas light display during December. It was absolutely amazing and worth every penny. Walked around for a couple hours taking in all the wonderful lights and other Christmas displays. I am definitely going to have to check this place out in the spring or summer to take in all the vegetation while it is green. Highly recommended if you like Christmas lights. The admission is reasonable too, especially during the winter months.
  • We went for the festival of lights, the lights and decorations were beautiful. The atmosphere was relaxing. Great walk even in the dark because of the lights and the music. The only thing I could suggest improving is giving visitors a map, but this is very minor. There are maps posted at the entrance of the garden. Great that they have small food carts inside the garden, although very overpriced. The hot Mulled wine was $9 for a glass. I would definitely recommend going to the festival of lights, and also going to the garden during the daylight in the spring.
  • I visited the Festival of Lights on New Years, and was quite pleasantly surprised. With a wide assortment of lights on the various paths to take, I could spend several hours just walking around. It was truly a low light photography dream. There are many places with heaters to warm up in, which is a godsend in the cold weather. Furthermore, there are activities such as a puppet show and carousel ride which are family friendly, which is excellent. I would visit again.
  • Took my three kids (6, 3, and 20 months) to the Festival of Lights at VanDusen and we had a wonderful time. There are so many lights and trails that it is incredible. There are also lots of things for the kids aling the walk, including a carousel, several music making stations, and a tiny house where the kids spent a long time playing. It gets very busy, so arrive early. The parking lot fills quickly and even street parking is at a premium. The doors open at 4:30. We parked at 4:05 and took one of the last spots in the parking lot.
  • I visited VanDusen Botanical garden before Christmas. As last year it was beautifuly decorated with lights, nice music was playing. The atmosphere was fantastic - the feeling like you are in a fairy land. There was a French carousel for children and a house with Santa Claus. Santa Claus first read a Christmas fairy tale then everybody could take a picture with him. That was my first time I took a picture with Santa Claus and I felt like a child - completely happy. There were performances in the performance Hall so everybody could sit and listen to Christmas music. If one felt cold or hungry there were places with heaters and food vendors on the way in the garden. So that was an awesome evening and I definitely recommend to visit it.

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