UBC Botanical Garden

Living on the ‘wet coast’, Vancouverites don’t let rainy weather get in the way of their enjoyment of outdoor activities. It’s all in the choice of rain gear and selection of proper footwear – usually rubber boots!

A wonderful place to visit any time of year, and in any weather, is the UBC Botanical Garden, located on SW Marine Drive at the entrance to the University of British Columbia. This garden is the oldest continuously operating botanical garden in Canada, and has much to offer visitors of any age and interest. The Garden is not only an attraction in itself, it serves as a ‘green classroom’ for education, preservation and the research of plants, botany and landscape architecture.

One hour is the minimum amount of time for a walk through the Garden; longer if you wish to view the Asian or Alpine Garden. Even in winter, the lushness of the many plant varieties is impressive, and walking beneath the towering canopies of Douglas Fir and Red Cedar trees is awe-inspiring. There are many animals and birds to search for with the kids – we saw a salamander, woodpecker and field mouse on a recent visit. The wonderful smell of the rainforest in the Garden is a very ‘Vancouver’ experience.canopy_walkway-thumb-150x200
If you’re up for a unique adventure, the Greenheart Canopy Walkway offers a ‘bird’s eye’ view of the forest canopy with its 308-metre walkway through the treetops. At heights of 17.5 metres, you can tour the canopy and view the wide variety of plant and animal life that exists above the forest floor.  (Note: There is a separate charge for entrance to the Walkway.)

There’s the Shop in the Garden for browsing for unique gifts and plants for the gardener in your life, and the Garden holds many annual public events, such as the UBC Apple Festival and the upcoming Holiday Wreath Sale.

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