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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 Classical Chinese 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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VanDusen Botanical Garden presents Enchanted Nights at Bloedel Conservatory

  • December 04 - January 03
  • Bloedel Conversatory, Queen Elizabeth Park
  • 4600 Cambie St
    Vancouver, BC
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VanDusen Botanical Garden presents Festival of Lights 2015

  • December 01 - December 31
  • VanDusen Botanical Garden
  • 5251 Oak St
    Vancouver, BC V6M 4H1
  • Venue: VanDusen Botanical Garden
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Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park

  • November 26 - January 02
  • Stanley Park
  • Pipeline Road
    Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4
  • Admission: Various Prices
  • Contact: TicketLeader
  • Phone: 604-252-3700
  • Venue: Stanley Park
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Firehall Arts Centre Presents: Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen

  • December 15 - January 09
  • Firehall Arts Centre
  • 280 Cordova St East
    Vancouver, BC V6A 1L3
  • Admission: Various Prices
  • Phone: 604-689-0926
  • Venue: Firehall Arts Centre
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Brahm's Tams Drum Circle

  • November 25
  • Stanley Park
  • 3rd Beach
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: FREE
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