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

Pick up your Visitor Guide map at the Admissions Desk in the Visitor Centre and enjoy a variety of experiences at VanDusen Garden.

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

 Pets are not permitted in the garden, except for service dogs. 

The organic lines of the Discover Hall ceiling at VanDusen Visitor CentreVisitor 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. The centre has educational exhibits, a library, a classroom, and rental space.

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

The sculpture 'Horizontal Column' by Wolfgang Kubach (1937) and Anna-Maria Wilmsen-Kubach (1936), made from black marble in 1975Sculptures

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.

Rhododendron WalkGuided tours

Guided tours are the best way to see and appreciate all that the garden offers.

  • April 6 to the end of October: Daily starting at 2:00pm (Wednesdays starting at 10:30am)
  • Thanksgiving to March 31: Sundays at 2:00pm

Tours are weather permitting.

Group walking tours

Group tours are available for groups of 10 or more from Monday to Saturday and they must be booked at least two weeks in advance.

To reserve your group tour, phone 604-257-8162 (no messages, please) or visit the Information Desk between 10:00am to 4:00pm. There is a nonrefundable $10.00 reservation fee.

Self-guided tours

Inquire at the Information Desk about seasonal self-guided tour pamphlets. These highlight plants or plant families that are at their peak in any given month.

Cart tours for people with mobility issues

Cart tours are available from April 13 to Thanksgiving, every day at 1:00pm, 2:00pm, and 3:00pm (weather permitting).

Advance booking is only available for weekday tours and strongly recommended.

To reserve your cart tour, phone 604-257-8162 (no messages, please) or visit the Information Desk between 10:00am to 4:00pm. There is a nonrefundable $10.00 reservation fee.

Cart tours are not available during special events.

Special events and seasonal highlights at VanDusen Botanical Garden

The Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden

Festival of Lights

Experience the annual Festival of Lights, a frozen winter wonderland with over one million lights decorating VanDusen Botanical Garden. Find opening hours and buy advance tickets.

Cherry Blossoms

Sakura Days 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

During this annual event, there are more than 40,000 plants for sale at VanDusen Garden. Catalogues are available in advance from the Garden Shop cashier for $2.00 starting April 1.

All British Field Meet/Car Show at VanDusen Garden

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

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