Experience a 55-acre oasis in the heart of Vancouver

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 7,500 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 50 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).

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.

For guests limited walking ability, we offer guided cart tours from April through October at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm daily. Advance booking is suggested for weekdays by calling 604-257-8162. Tours on weekends and holidays are available on a first come, first served basis.

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

Dining

Visit Shaughnessy Restaurant or Truffles Cafe.

Guided tours

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

From April 1 to October 31, tours are offered daily by trained volunteer guides starting at 1pm, and on Wednesday mornings at 10:30am.

In the winter months, November 1- 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 40 people must be booked a minimum of two weeks in advance.

Group tours are not available in the winter months, on Canadian holidays, during special events or on the first two Thursday mornings of each month.

To reserve your group tour, phone 604-257-8162 or visit the Membership Information Desk between 10am to 4pm. There is a non-refundable $10 reservation fee.

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 VanDusen Garden website for more information on courses and activities.