Get a visitor guide and map at the Visitor Centre admissions desk 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.
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.
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.
Guided tours are the best way to see and appreciate all that the garden offers.
Tours are weather permitting.
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.
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 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.
There are courses and classes for both adults and kids at VanDusen Garden including art, photography, gardening, botany, and ecology. For kids, there’s a summer camp and a nature school program.
Visit the VanDusen Garden website for more information on courses and activities.