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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).

What's happening

Aeriosa Vertical Dance at VanDusen Botanical Garden

You're invited to observe Aeriosa company dancers and Vertical Dance Forum choreographers leading training workshops for two groups of professional performers from around the world as part of the Vancouver International Vertical Dance Summit.

These artists are here to learn tree dancing techniques and safety protocols and to help guest choreographers develop movement in an unusual and inspiring environment for dance practice and performance.

Since 2014, with assistance from arborists and caretakers at UBC Botanical Gardens Greenheart Canopy Walkway, Tofino Botanical Gardens, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve Long Beach Unit, Stanley Park, and now VanDusen Botanical Garden, Aeriosa uses soft, temporary anchor materials that do not damage or restrict trees.

Worker and public safety and respect for the environment and local culture are essential components of Aeriosa's mission: to dance on earth in air, sharing extraordinary dance experiences.

A Web of Connected Species, a special vertical dance performance by Aeriosa

Four performers will inhabit the trees in a dance with nature and each other, exploring the concept of connected webs and species that dwell in the trees and travel in the space between.

Enjoy 15 minute shows on Sunday, July 7 at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm, free with garden admission.

Learn more about Aeriosa

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.