Immerse yourself in the stunning natural beauty of our 22 hectare botanical garden

Pick up your visitor guide map at the cashier desk in the Visitor Centre and enjoy a variety of experiences at the Garden.

The Visitor Centre, Administration Building, Floral Hall, Shaughnessy Restaurant, and many of the paved garden paths are fully accessible to wheelchairs, scooters, and walkers.

Please note that only service dogs are allowed in the Garden; pets are not permitted. 

Visitor Centre

Check out VanDusen’s new Visitor Centre, the gateway to the Garden. It is free to the public and contains a casual dining cafe and gift shop, as well as educational exhibits, a library, classrooms and rental space.

Featuring advanced technology, a green roof and beautiful orchid-inspired design, the building is targeting LEED Platinum status.



VanDusen houses a significant sculpture collection, featuring artists such as Bill Reid, David Marshall and Sebastian. The International Sculpture Symposium, held here in 1975, created 11 original works to begin the permanent collection.




Free guided tours

From April though the end of October, join our volunteer guides for informative walks or golf cart tours of the Garden. Group and cart tours must be booked in advance. 

Guided walking tours

Daily at 2 p.m. plus Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Free for members or with Garden admission. Meet at the Information Desk on the Deck.  

Group walking tours

Available everyday for groups of 10 or more. Must be booked in advance by calling 604-257-8666.

Cart tours

For seniors and the disabled, every day at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Advance booking required for weekdays by calling 604-257-8666. Weekends and holidays are on a first come, first served basis. A cart holds five passengers and only one cart can be reserved at a time. We encourage groups booking for more than five people to book two consecutive times.


Special events and seasonal highlights at VanDusen Botanical Garden

Cherry Blossoms

Sakura Day Japan Fair at VanDusen

Celebrate the blooming of our cherry trees and the start of spring with this family-friendly Japanese festival. Enjoy festival food, traditional tea ceremony, sake tastings, cultural performances, arts and crafts, shopping, and more. Special admission applies.

VanDusen Plant Sale

VanDusen Plant Sale

More than 40,000 plants for sale at VanDusen Gardens. Catalogues available in advance at the Garden Cashier for $2 starting April 1. Bring your wheelbarrow and a friend.

All British Field Meet/Car Show at VanDusen

Check out more than 400 classic British cars on VanDusen's Great Lawn. Special admission applies.

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Last modified: Thu, 20 Jun 2013 17:20:35

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