Sunday, November 15, 2009

VanDusen Botanical Garden

Situated right in the heart of the City of Vancouver, this beautiful garden is the number one hidden gem in Vancouver.  I took my parents to this garden this fall, and all of us have enjoyed it tremendously.  I think it took us about 3 hours to cover the most scenic routes in the Garden, while immersing ourselves in the garden’s naturally beautiful environment, and taking tons of pictures.  I have been to the world famous Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island, and if I have to choose between these two places, I would not hesitate to go for VanDusen Botanical Garden.  Because it is as beautiful in its own way and costs much less.  You may find the following information helpful in preparing your trip to this garden: 

General Admission:  $8.85 (Adult) in summer, $6.50 (Adult) in winter

Hours of Operation: Open year round at 9am or 10am.  Closing time varies by season from 4pm in winter to as late as 9pm in summer.

Transportation: You can get there by bus.  However, driving might be the best option if you are not familiar with Vancouver’s public transit system.  You can park right outside the Garden in its parking lot, which is big and free.

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