Posted March 2, 2011 by Adam Toren in City Guides

Parks and Gardens in Vancouver

Vancouver has an amazing variety of parks and gardens to explore. When people visit Vancouver, they just love to stroll through the parks and smell the flowers. The green flowing grass and lush trees are well taken care of and Vancouver locals respect their own city by recycling and picking up litter. Vancouver is an eco-friendly city and it is constantly coming up with new ways to conserve energy and preserve nature. The parks are filled with family fun and the gardens can take your breath away. From rhododendrons to cherry blossoms, Vancouver is breathtaking. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Many visitors love a visit to the VanDusen Botanical Gardens located at 5251 Oak Street. It is full of flowers and just a short walk from Queen Elizabeth Park. This garden has super tall trees, trails, a Northern California sequoia garden, a Sino-Himalayan garden and more. Call the garden at 604-878-9274 or visit the Web site at www.vandusengarden.org for more information on admission rates.

Visit Queen Elizabeth Park at West 33rd Avenue and Cambie Street. It is situated on an inactive volcano and has phenomenal panoramic views. Locals flock here for wedding pictures because it is so colourful and full of lush green bushes and trees. Visitors can also enjoy tennis, pitch-and-putt golf and picnics in this amazing park. It is also in the proximity of the Bloedel Conservatory, which has a tropical rainforest, birds and tons of plants. Call Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation at 604-257-8400 for more information about this park.

Lighthouse Park is an all-time favourite located in West Vancouver on Marine Drive West. It has a trail that leads hikers up to bluffs that have excellent views of the city of Vancouver and the Strait of Georgia.  Call the park at 604-925-7200 for more information.

The University of British Columbia has an amazing botanical garden with a large collection of specimens and also features the Nitobe Japanese Garden. There is also a beautiful park in Point Grey called Pacific Spirit Regional Park, which is the biggest green area in all of Vancouver. It is great for picnicking, mountain biking and hiking. Visitors, locals and nature enthusiasts will love a trip to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Garden in Chinatown where you can trek around and feel the tranquility. With its exotic flowers, bridges, plants and ponds, it is definitely a place to relax!

Cypress Provincial Park on Cypress Mountain is great for taking photos of the Vancouver skyline, the Gulf Islands and the rest of the city. There are many trails visitors can take and hiking and skiing are big favourites in this area. If you drive over the Lion’s Gate Bridge from downtown and head west you will find Ambleside, John Lawson and Larsen Beach parks, all beautiful family-oriented spaces in the affluent West Vancouver area.


Adam Toren

Adam Toren
Adam Toren is born and raised in Vancouver BC and loves everything Vancouver BC has to offer. He loves traveling and exploring new and unique restaurants and places around the world.