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.
- 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.
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.