The weather is heating up and we are so excited to spend time outdoors with our family, exploring some of Metro Vancouver’s most beautiful parks and gardens. Gardens around Metro Vancouver are bursting with blooms, so it’s the perfect time to visit. We’ve gathered a few of our favourite places to take an easy stroll with kids in tow. They’ll have a blast spotting butterflies, birds, and all of the stunning plants and flowers showing off this time of year. Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses!
VanDusen Botanical Garden
5151 Oak Street, Vancouver, 9 am – 8 pm, Admission: Adults $11.25; Youth 13 – 18 $8.45; Kids 4 – 12 $5.50; 3 and under are free
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. Plan to spend a couple hours exploring the grounds. Pathways are paved so strollers should have no problem navigating.
4500 Cambie St, Vancouver, 10 am – 8 pm, Admission: Adults $6.50; Youth $4.35; Children $3.15; 3 and under are free
The Bloedel Conservatory is an indoor paradise located in Queen Elizabeth Park, so it’s a great place to visit when the weather isn’t cooperating. More than 120 free-flying exotic birds, 500 exotic plants and flowers thrive within its temperature-controlled environment. The Conservatory has a paved path that loops around. It’s stroller friendly but also a great place to let kids roam — the paved path is a giant loop and it isn’t too long, so little legs won’t get too tired!
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden & Sun Yat-Sen Park
578 Carrall Street, Vancouver, 9:30 am – 7 pm, Admission: Adults $14; Students: $10; Family $28 (note: access to the Sun Yat-Sen Park is free)
The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is an authentic representation of Ming Dynasty-era tradition and the first of its kind outside of China. The garden’s winding paths, rocks, plants, and beautiful vistas will enchant you and your kiddos. In the park alongside the Garden, find peace and tranquility in the unique rock forms, water lily-covered pond, pagoda, and lush plants. Entry is free to the Sun Yat-Sen Park, but there is an admission fee to enter the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.
photo by vancouver.ca
UBC Botanical Garden
6804 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver, 10 am – 4:30 pm, Admission: Adults $9; Children $5; Family $21
UBC Botanical Garden is a place where visitors of all ages can explore and learn about plants from every corner of the world. Wander the alpine garden, where you’ll find mountainous plants from around the world. Explore the BC Rainforest Garden, lush with plants from the coastal rainforest and the southern interior wet-belt. There’s the food garden, the woodland meadow, and even a garden with plants used by physicians and apothecaries. The majority of the garden pathways are gravel or woodchips, so some strollers may have troubles navigating.
Park & Tilford Gardens
333 Brooksbank Avenue, North Vancouver, 9:30 am to dusk, Admission: Free
Park and Tilford Gardens is a European-style garden covering 2.8 acres and features eight themed areas. Discover bridges, hanging baskets, and a Japanese garden. Stop at a coffee shop and grab some treats for the whole family before heading to the gardens — Park and Tilford is not only one of North Vancouver’s most tranquil corners, it also is home to several shops and restaurants. The gardens are stroller-friendly, so even your youngest can enjoy the blooms.
photo by parkandtilford.com
Darts Hill Garden Park
1633 170th Street, Surrey, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, 11 am – 3 pm (plus other openings for special events), Admission: by donation
Darts Hill Garden Park in Surrey is a 7.5-acre garden sanctuary full of rare and precious plants. The garden is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, during the peak months of April, May, June, July, and September. Your whole family will enjoy a stroll through winding pathways and open meadows.
561 172nd Street, Surrey, Open House – May 26, June 9, June 23; Sounds of Summer – July 4th, Admission: Free
For a breathtaking display of rhododendrons and azaleas, head to The Glades in Surrey. This 5-acre garden contains over 1,600 mature plants, some of which are over 20 feet tall! The Glades also has a great collection of trees, many designated as heritage. Do note that garden trails are bark mulch with some inclines and limited wheelchair access, so it might be best to leave the stroller behind.
photo of The Glades by surrey.ca
Earthwise Society Demonstration Garden
6400 3rd Avenue, Delta (near Centennial Beach), open daily, Admission: Free
Talk a walk around this organic demonstration garden in Boundary Bay Park and you’ll see beautiful pollinator plants, plants loved by birds, shade-tolerant plants, and native plants thriving. You’ll find candyfruit, cusion spurge, nepeta, and the Labrador violet. Plus lots of other native plants too. Keep your eyes open for plant tags to note the names of your favourite plants, then you can stock up when you visit the nursery, located right next to the garden. Plant sales from the nursery help keep the garden growing!
Langley Demonstration Garden
North side of the 21200 block of Fraser Highway, between Old Yale Road and 216 St., Langley, Admission: Free
The Langley Demonstration Garden is located within the Derek Doubleday Arboretum in Langley, right next to the airport. It was established to demonstrate sustainable gardening techniques and is home to a plethora of native plants and a lovely community garden space. There’s a 1 km trail that loops around the park with some great viewing spots to see airplanes take off and land. The demonstration garden is staffed weekdays from May to August and is open to the public year round.
photo by leps.bc.ca
Many of these gardens feature family and kid-friendly events throughout the year. Make sure to visit their event calendars to see if something is coming up! You can also keep an eye on our interactive events calendar, where we feature many of these events each week.
Did we miss a garden you love to wander? Let us know in the comments below!
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By: Michelle Hughes