VanDusen Botanical Garden
With 22 hectares (55 acres) and roughly 11,000 different plant species, VanDusen Botanical Garden is a spectacular showcase of the natural world, right in the heart of Vancouver. Landscaped gardens are laid out exquisitely and specific areas are cultivated to demonstrate botanical relationships or geographical origins, such as the popular Rhododendron Walk or the Sino Himalayan Garden. One of the most popular events held in the garden is the annual Festival of Lights, when the beauty of the flowers is matched by over a million dazzling lights, set up in order to celebrate the festive season. Choirs and carol singers, visits with Santa, a Dancing Light display on Lake Island in the park, the Golden Chain Walk, magicians and tasty treats are all part of this family favourite, running from 9-31 December each year. Daily walking and cart tours are available in the garden from April to October at 2pm and also at 11am on Wednesdays.
Address: 5251 Oak Street (37th Avenue and Oak)
Telephone: (604) 878 9274
Transport: #17 Oak bus from downtown Vancouver to West 37th Avenue
Opening times: 10am to 4pm (November to February); 10am to 5pm (March and October); 10am to 6pm (April); 10am to 8pm (May); 9am to 8.30pm (June to August); 10am to 7pm (September). Festival of Lights (December): 5pm to 9pm. Closed on Christmas Day
Admission: April to September: C$10.25 (adults); C$7.50 (youth 13-18 years); C$5.50 (children 6-12 years). October to March: C$7.50 (adult); C$5.50 (youth 13-18 years); C$4 (children 6-12 years). Other concessions are available