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Bloedel Conservatory celebrates 45th anniversary with free admission on December 6

December 4 2014

Bloedel Conservatory

Visit Vancouver’s iconic Bloedel Conservatory as it celebrates its 45th anniversary Saturday, December 6 with free:

  • Admission between 10:00am to 4:00pm
  • Parking until 5:00pm throughout Queen Elizabeth Park, except outside Seasons in the Park

Event activities

With Caribbean steel drum rhythms as the backdrop, festivities include free:

  • Talks with botanical and aviary experts
  • Face painting
  • Hawaiian dancers
  • Souvenir photos
  • Scandinavian Christmas gnomes Svend and Jens
  • Cake and refreshments

What you can see and experience when visiting

Three climate zones

  1. Tropical rainforest
  2. Subtropical rainforest
  3. Desert

Approximately 170 free-flying birds

About 170 free-flying birds call Bloedel home, including:

  • Green-winged macaws
  • A Moluccan cockatoo
  • Eclectus and Amazon parrots
  • A Touraco
  • Laughing thrushes
  • Roul Roul partridges (and their chicks)
  • Exotic finches

Most of the birds were adopted from Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary, a non-profit society that rescues exotic birds, and other foster care agencies.

History of the conservatory

Built in 1969, Bloedel Conservatory is a domed, lush paradise located in Queen Elizabeth Park. Designated as a heritage building, this unique horticultural and architectural attraction is jointly operated by the Park Board and VanDusen Botanical Garden Association.

Earlier this year, Bloedel received a new roof. All 1,400 acrylic panels in the iconic domed roof were replaced over a seven-month period at a total cost of $2.7 million.

Plan your visit

Bloedel Floral Conservatory

Bloedel Conservatory

The Bloedel Conservatory is an indoor tropical garden in Queen Elizabeth Park, atop the highest point of the city.