Queen Elizabeth Park

Set around an extinct volcano at Vancouver’s highest point, this spectacular space is a haven of nature in an urban setting.

Visit this park and you’ll quickly understand why it is one of Vancouver’s most popular attractions. It has spectacular gardens and views, and a range of cultural and natural experiences to enjoy.

At the Bloedel Conservatory, experience a tropical garden enclosed within a huge dome. The conservatory is home to a large number of exotic plant species as well as birds that fly free.

The 130-acre (52-hectare) park includes a variety of well-landscaped gardens that are among the finest in the world. Visit the North Quarry Garden with its oriental influences or the arboretum to see species native to Canada. Enjoy the Dancing Waters fountain, as well as the public artworks and plaques throughout the gardens. The resident arborist occasionally leads walks for visitors, so be sure to check ahead before your visit.

Head to Painters Corner to watch artists at work. Many of the pieces on display are for sale. Those seeking a more personal souvenir may like to have a portrait drawn.

Get active with a game of golf at the pitch and putt course. Green fees for this 18-hole course vary according to time of day and the age of the player. In winter, join locals for tobogganing on the snow-covered slopes of the volcano. Dogs are welcome, and there are clearly marked designated off-leash areas.

Queen Elizabeth Park is located on Cambie Street in downtown Vancouver and is accessible on foot, by bike, car or public transport. Parking is available but prices vary seasonally. The Bloedel Conservatory is open every day except Christmas Day. The Pitch and Putt is open seven days a week, except during December and January.

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