Experience a 55-acre oasis in the heart of Vancouver

COVID-19 update: VanDusen

Masks

Masks are mandatory indoors at all times, with the exception of those under the age of 12.

Proof of vaccination (ages 12 and older)

Proof of vaccination  is required for entry to Truffles Café, Shaughnessy Restaurant, the Yosef Wosk Library, indoor rental events of 50 or more participants, and some in-person programming. Proof of vaccination is not required to enter the Garden or gift shop.

Check program and event listings before you visit.

Come prepared with your official proof of vaccination and government-issued photo ID.

Tickets are available online for designated entry times. VBGA members are no longer required to book a reservation for VanDusen Botanical Garden in advance. 

Guided tours are not available.

Learn about the changes and book daytime tickets

See what our garden has to offer

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  • Bring your binoculars and visit the Backyard Bird Garden

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  • Let your kids try the new Junior Birder Challenge

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  • Spot and photograph local wildlife

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  • Enjoy a picnic beside one of our picturesque lakes

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  • Find your way through the Elizabethan hedge maze

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  • Relax in a serene setting with inspiring architecture

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  • Discover over 7,500 plant species and varieties from around the world

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  • Experience the 55-acre oasis in the heart of Vancouver

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  • Look for sculptures

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    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.

  • Browse the garden-themed gift shop

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VanDusen Botanical Garden spans 55 acres and contains over 8,000 plant species from around the world. 

Unwind in a serene setting nestled in the heart of the city with picturesque lakes, a tranquil waterfall, inspiring architecture, beautiful sculptures, and 70 botanical collections.

There’s always something new blooming in the garden every couple of weeks. Check our bloom calendar to get an idea of what’s in bloom every month of the year. 

Get a visitor guide and map at the Visitor Centre admissions desk or download the map  (2 MB).

What's happening

Taste of the Garden series at Shaughnessy Restaurant

Each week, Chef Matthew Phillip will be creating dishes utilizing fresh ingredients harvested from VanDusen’s Vegetable Garden. A rotating menu with produce, botanicals, and herbs will be highlighted to inspire what local, urban, sustainable cuisine is all about. Visit Shaughnessy Restaurant  to experience a Taste of the Garden.

Twenty-five percent of VanDusen’s harvest will be provided to Shaughnessy Restaurant, which will be making a monetary donation to the Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks . The remaining 75% is donated to the Gathering Place Community Centre, serving between 300 and 400 lunches and dinners combined each day to people with financial barriers.


Artists for Conservation Festival

The Artists for Conservation Festival returns to VanDusen Garden September 23 to 26 from 11am to 5pm daily. The festival is a multi-day nature-themed arts and culture event that immerses visitors in a cohesive blend of visual art, musical, and First Nations cultural performances, art workshops and activities, plein-air sketching walks, live art and music demos, and film.

Proof of vaccination  and masks are required for those ages 12 or older to access the indoor art exhibit.

  • September 23: 11am to 5pm
  • September 24: 10am to 5pm
  • September 25: 10am to 5pm
  • September 26: 10am to 4pm

Regular admission rates apply.

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Bloom guide (5.99 MB)

Use this bloom guide to help you navigate through all of the current garden blooms.

Eat a rainbow

This year, we're growing a rainbow of vegetables with over 80 easy-to-grow, locally available varieties in every colour imaginable.

Visit the VanDusen Vegetable Garden to learn how each colour group can improve your well-being and overall health. We challenge you to eat a rainbow every week.

Accessibility

The Visitor Centre, Administration Building, Floral Hall, Shaughnessy Restaurant, and most paved garden paths are fully accessible to wheelchairs, scooters, and walkers. Many of the pathways, both paved and unpaved, can be uneven. Care should be taken for those using walking aids. Some steps do not have handrails or handrails on both sides. Accessible washrooms are located in the Visitor Centre.

Guided cart tours

For guests with limited walking ability or mobility issues, we offer guided cart tours at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm daily from April 1 to Canadian Thanksgiving.

Advance booking is only available for weekdays and is strongly recommended for those with mobility difficulties. 

Tours on weekends and holidays are available on a first come, first served basis. Cart tours are not available during special events. 

Bookings can be made in person from 10am to 4pm at the Information Desk inside the Visitor Centre or by phone at 604-257-8162. Do not leave a voicemail. A non-refundable administration booking fee of $10 per cart or group will be processed at the time of booking. Advance bookings can be made until 11am on the day of the tour. Ensure to arrive at the garden at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled tour.

 Pets are not permitted in the garden, except for clearly identified service dogs. All tours are weather permitting.

Dining

Visit Shaughnessy Restaurant or Truffles Cafe.

Guided walking tours

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

From April 1 to Canadian Thanksgiving, tours are offered daily by trained volunteer guides from 1pm to 3pm and on Wednesday mornings at 10:30am.

In the winter months, from Canadian Thanksgiving to March 31, guided tours are offered on Sundays at 1pm.

 All tours are weather permitting.​

Pre-booked group walking tours

Group tours are available 7 days a week from April 1 to Thanksgiving for groups of 10 or more. Group tours with less than 20 people must be booked a minimum of two weeks in advance. Group tours with more than 20 people must be booked a minimum of four weeks in advance.

Group tours are not available in the winter months, on Canadian holidays, or during special events.

Bookings can be made from 10am to 4pm in person at the Information Desk inside the Visitor Centre or by phone at 604-257-8162. Do not leave a voicemail. A non-refundable administration booking fee of $2.50 per person for travel agencies and business groups, and $1 per person for garden clubs and seniors centres, will be processed at the time of booking. Advance bookings can be made until 11am on the day of the tour. Ensure to arrive at the garden at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled tour.

 All tours are weather permitting.​

Self-guided tours

Inquire at the Membership Information Desk about seasonal self-guided tour pamphlets.

These highlight plants or plant families that are at their peak in any given month.

Maze

Find your way through the Elizabethan hedge maze made up of over 3,000 pyramidal cedars. Kids will love exploring the nearby veggie garden and climbing on the vintage tractor.

Visitor Centre

Our multi-award winning Visitor Centre was named Most Sustainable Building of the Year in 2014.

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

Wildlife

Spot and photograph local wildlife including hummingbirds, hawks, owls, Canada Geese, herons, eagles, ducks, butterflies, and turtles. Discover the honey bee hives near the maze.

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Activities and classes

The Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association (VBGA) offers courses and classes for adults and children at VanDusen Garden including, art, photography, gardening, botany and ecology. Summer camps and a nature school programs are offered for children.

Visit the Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association website for more information on courses and activities.