Just a few blocks from Queen Elizabeth Park, this lush, 22-hectare (54-acre) garden concentrates on whole ecosystems. From towering trees to little lichens on the smallest of damp stones, the gardeners at VanDusen attempt to re-create the plant life of a number of different environments. Depending on which trail you take, you may find yourself wandering through the Southern Hemisphere section, the Sino-Himalayan garden, or the glade of Giant Redwoods. Should all this tree-gazing finally pall, head for the farthest corner of the garden to the devilishly difficult Elizabethan garden maze.
VanDusen Botanical Gardens
5251 Oak St, at W 37th Ave
Our Rating Neighborhood Greater Vancouver Hours Daily 10am to dusk Transportation Bus: 17 Phone 604/878-9274 Prices Admission Apr–Sept C$11 adults, C$8 seniors and children 13–18, C$6 children 3–12, free children 2 and under, C$25 families; Reduced admission Oct–March Web site VanDusen Botanical Gardens