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Gardens & Parks

Vancouver's temperate climate and plentiful rains encourage exuberant plant growth (In fact, much of the region is technically a coastal temperate rain forest). Hundreds of gardens, parks and green spaces can be found all around the city, complementing the natural beauty of mountains and ocean.

The city's giant green heart - and an indisputable must-see for any visitor - Stanley Park is a magnificent 1,000 acres of dense West Coast forest.  Dozens of marked trails enable roaming through this "jungle" of giant trees while a 6.5-mile seawall pathway provides some of the best sea-to-sky mountain views anywhere in the world.  The park is also home to the Vancouver Aquarium, the largest in Canada with more than 70,000 sea creatures. 

The city is also home to a collection of stunning formal gardens.  Perched just outside of downtown at Vancouver's highest point, Queen Elizabeth Park was once an industrial rock quarry.  Now the 130-acre site is a lush oasis of flowers and trees from around the world.  It also features an enormous floral conservatory housed inside a glass dome with free-flying tropical birds.  Meanwhile, the 55-acre VanDusen Botanical Garden recreates landscapes from around the world: from a real English hedge maze to a redwood forest, Mediterranean garden and lagoon that looks lifted from balmier climes. 

Vancouver is also uniquely endowed with cultural themed gardens.  In the centre of Chinatown, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden is the first, full-scale classical Chinese garden ever built outside China.  Inside its whitewashed walls, architecture, plants, naturally sculpted rocks, and elegantly winding jade-green waterways all adhere to ancient Chinese garden protocol.  Located on the University of British Columbia campus, the Nitobe Memorial Garden embodies Japanese tradition:  Visitors wander gently curving paths flanked by carefully-placed rocks, trees and shrubs, accompanied by the soothing sounds of waterfalls and tiny streams.
 
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Asahi Tribute Baseball Game

  • August 16 - August 16
  • Oppenheimer Park
  • 400 Powell Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: FREE
  • Phone: 604-777-7000
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Brigade Days

  • August 01 - August 04
  • Fort Langley National Historic Site
  • 23433 Mavis Avenue
    Fort Langley, BC V1M 2R5
  • Admission: Regular Admission, Free for Annual pass holders
  • Contact: Hayley Slipiec
  • Phone: 604-513-4777
  • Venue: Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada
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Chariot Fest of India 2014

  • August 10 - August 10
  • Second Beach, Stanley Park
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    Vancouver, BC N/A
  • Admission: Free Admission
  • Contact: Rajesh G.
  • Phone: 604-433-9728
  • Venue: Stanley Park
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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden presents Deanna Knight and the Hot Club of Mars

  • August 07 - August 07
  • Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
  • 578 Carrall St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5K2
  • Phone: 604-662-207
  • Venue: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden presents Vancouver Piano Ensemble

  • July 31 - July 31
  • Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
  • 578 Carrall St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5K2
  • Phone: 604-662-207
  • Venue: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
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Fab Forts Day

  • August 17 - August 17
  • Fort Langley National Historic Site
  • 23433 Mavis Avenue
    Fort Langley, BC V1M 2R5
  • Admission: Regular admission fees apply; free for annual pass holders
  • Contact: Hayley Slipiec
  • Phone: 604-513-4777
  • Venue: Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada
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Fort Farm Fest

  • August 31 - September 01
  • Fort Langley National Historic Site
  • 23433 Mavis Avenue
    Fort Langley, BC V1M 2R5
  • Admission: Regular Admission
  • Contact: Hayley Slipiec
  • Phone: 604-513-4777
  • Venue: Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada
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Honda Celebration of Light 2014

  • July 26 - August 02
  • English Bay and Sunset Beach
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Jazz Nights at Roedde House: Eli Bennett & Daniel Reynolds

  • August 14 - August 14
  • Roedde House Museum
  • 1415 Barclay Street
    Vancouver, BC V6G 1J6
  • Admission: $12.00
  • Contact: Roedde House Museum
  • Phone: 604-684-7040
  • Venue: Roedde House Museum
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Legally Blonde: The Musical

  • July 12 - August 23
  • Theatre Under The Stars Musical Society
  • Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park
    Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4
  • Admission: $20.00 - $45.00
  • Contact: Theatre Under The Stars
  • Phone: 604-696-4295
  • Venue: Theatre Under The Stars Musical Society
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National Bank Easter Seals Charity Regatta - Festival in the Park

  • August 09 - August 09
  • Hastings Mill Park
  • 3811 Point Grey Road
    Vancouver, BC V6R 1B3
  • Admission: BBQ Tickets are $12 adults / $7 kids
  • Phone: 604-873-1865
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PRIDE Run and Walk + Picnic in the Park

  • July 26 - July 26
  • Brockton Oval
  • Stanley Park
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: FREE!
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Shakespeare & The Rose Gardens Stanley Park Historical Walking Tour

  • July 27 - July 27
  • Stanley Park
  • Admission: $10.00
  • Contact: www.stanleyparkhistory.ca
  • Phone: 604-873-1866
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Summer Sessions

  • July 12 - August 09
  • Admission: FREE
  • Phone: 604-947-2454
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Sunset Beach Festival & Market

  • August 03 - August 03
  • Sunset Beach
  • 1204 Beach Ave
    Vancouver, BC 1204 Beach Ave
  • Admission: FREE!
  • Contact: Vancouver Pride Society
  • Phone: 604-687-0955
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The 2014 Latin Summer Fest

  • August 17 - August 17
  • Trout Lake park
  • 3350 Victoria Drive
    Vancouver, BC V5R 5K6
  • Admission: FREE
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The Chevron Summer Cinema Series presents Free Outdoor Movies Vancouver 2014 at Stanley Park

  • July 08 - September 02
  • Stanley Park – Ceperley Meadows (Second Beach)
  • Admission: FREE!
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Trout Lake Farmers Market

  • May 10 - October 18
  • North Parking Lot of John Hendry Park
  • Trout Lake
    Vancouver, BC V5N 5W8
  • Admission: FREE
  • Phone: 604-879-3276
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Yoga in the Garden

  • July 08 - August 26
  • Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
  • 578 Carrall Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5K2
  • Admission: General – individual session: $15.00, Garden Member – individual session: $10.00, 8 Class Pass – $75.00
  • Contact: Terra Dickinson
  • Phone: 6046623207ext208
  • Venue: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
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