Positioned atop the city’s highest point, Queen Elizabeth Park is everything a world-class park should be: beautifully landscaped, easy to navigate, and boasting some of the prettiest gardens and scenic views in all of Vancouver.
I took my Brazilian in-laws there last summer—it was their first trip to Vancouver—and they loved it even more than our trip to Stanley Park. Bonus: When my father-in-law got tired of walking around the gardens (he has bad knees), we parked him at the Seasons in the Park restaurant so he could drink beer while we carried on—Everybody wins!
Top 5 Reasons to Love Queen Elizabeth Park
1. The gardens and arboretum! There are two Quarry Gardens at the park, both so lovingly planned that they are picture-perfect all year round. Surrounding the gardens: A 1,500-tree (and counting) arboretum.
2. The views! As the highest point in Vancouver, the top of Queen Elizabeth Park—where you’ll find the park plaza and the Bloedel Floral Conservatory—boasts some of the best panoramic views imaginable.
3. The Queen Elizabeth Pitch & Putt. As Raul pointed out in his interview, this charming course is ideal for beginners and kids, since it combines spectacular scenery with 18 short, contoured par 3s (none over 110 yards) and no hazards in play. Also, it’s cheap!
4. The park plaza. It’s centrally located—making it the best place to start a park visit—and has the aforementioned views, innovative sculptures, plenty of places to soak up sun, and dancing fountains.
5. Bloedel Floral Conservatory. The grand triodetic dome that sits at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park houses Vancouver’s only “garden under glass,” with over 500 species of trees, plants and flowers, and over 100 exotic birds.
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