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Welcome to VanDusen Botanical Garden

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.

Information & Facts

5251 Oak Street (37th Avenue and Oak)
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
The official languages are English and French (predominantly in Quebec).

The currency used is the Canadian Dollar (CAD), which is divided into 100 cents. One-dollar coins are also known as loonies (due to the picture of a loon, a type of bird, on the coin), and two-dollar coins as toonies. Banks and bureaux de change will change money and travellers cheques, as will some hotels, but the rate will not be as good. Major credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are plentiful. US Dollars are largely accepted, though due to fraud, larger notes might not be and change is usually given in Canadian dollars.

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
Canada covers six time zones, from GMT 8 in the west to GMT -3.5 in the east.
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