VanDusen Botanical Garden Road Trip
Category: Canada's Garden Road Trips
Location: 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada

VanDusen Botanical Garden is a 55-acre oasis in the heart of Vancouver with over 7,500 plant species and varieties from around the world! Spot and photograph local wildlife, find your way through an Elizabethan hedge maze, unwind in a serene setting, or dine on the patios of Truffles Cafe or Shaughnessy Restaurant. Pick up a bloom guide and follow the map to find the best blooms at the time of your visit. VanDusen has something for everyone to enjoy!

The garden’s multi-award winning LEED Platinum Visitor Centre was named Most Sustainable Building of the Year in 2014. Shaped like an orchid when viewed from above, its organic lines echo the way nature and conservation have been considered at every turn.

VanDusen Garden reopened on May 1, 2020 under new operation procedures to best ensure public safety. Tickets are only available online so the garden can best monitor garden capacity and provide a contactless experience for visitors.

Shaughnessy Restaurant, which is located on site features a patio with a garden view. There is currently an exclusive drink promotion: All visitors can show their VanDusen ticket at Shaughnessy to access an exclusive garden-inspired beverage, the Bee’s Knees. This $5 drink offer is available from 3pm – close and is only for garden visitors. Hand-crafted with VanDusen honey, lemon, gin and a fresh lavender garnish from the garden, it is the perfect summer beverage! (Offer ends September 30, 2020.)

Explore Vancouver

If you’re looking for a place to stay, check out the Westin Bayshore Vancouver, which is located next to Vancouver’s Seawall, with easy access to Stanley Park, a 1,000-acre haven recognized as one of the greatest urban parks in the world. Stanley Park Pavilion, nestled next to the rose garden, is a relaxed restaurant with an excellent patio under the trees. Lift is a sleek eatery offering upscale Pacific Northwest fare plus views of Stanley Park.

The Fairmont Waterfront Hotel is another accommodation option, with its own herb garden and bee sanctuary. The bees here and at the Vancouver Convention Centre (their six-acre living roof may also be worth checking out) pollinate the downtown core.

Granville Island Hotel is a boutique hotel with lovely views overlooking False Creek. Visit Eklectic Finds Home & Garden, grab a delicious meal at Granville Island Market or on the Bridges patio, and catch an Aquabus or False Creek Ferry up and down False creek to see the many urban parks nestled along the shore. Hop off at Vanier Park to take in the sunset over English Bay.

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