Finding Zen (Literally) in Vancouver: Inside Nitobe Garden

Photo credit: Phillip Jeffrey | Flickr

Photo credit: Phillip Jeffrey | Flickr

Nature lovers know Vancouver has more than its share of exceptional parks and gardens, from 1,000-acre Stanley Park to the tiny .3-acre Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.  But there’s one garden that even the most dedicated of outdoor buffs tend to overlook: the Nitobe Memorial Garden on the University of British Columbia campus.

The 2.5-acre garden, tucked away near a set of campus dormitories, happens to be regarded as the best traditional Japanese garden in North America, and one of the finest in the world.

Inside the gates, the garden – a circular pathway around a small lake, all set in the B.C. coastal forest – doesn’t look like much, at least at first glance.  But on closer inspection (and with a little help from the handy brochure), it becomes clear that the traditional Zen garden has been meticulously designed, right down to every leaf and stone. Continue reading:
Finding Zen (Literally) in Vancouver: Inside Nitobe Garden

Back to School for a UBC Day Out

Photo: John Lee

The following article was contributed by Vancouver travel writer and Lonely Planet author John Lee (@johnleewriter)

It’s one of Canada’s largest campuses – with dozens of faculties serving 48,000 full-time students – but the University of British Columbia is also among Vancouver’s best day out destinations, combining a surprisingly diverse array of attractions and activities.

Most start at the Museum of Anthropology. Perhaps B.C.’s best cultural attraction, it showcases a kaleidoscopic array of Northwest Coast First Nations artifacts, including a forest of totem poles and a menagerie of bright-painted carvings.

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Back to School for a UBC Day Out

Featured Attraction of the Week: Nitobe Memorial Garden (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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Back by popular demand, Inside Vancouver has relaunched the “Featured Attraction of the Week” series. Each Monday we’ll be featuring a different Vancouver attraction and will be giving away free tickets to our readers. To be eligible, all you have to do is post a comment.

Looking for a tranquil oasis to get away from life’s hustle and bustle? Nitobe Memorial Garden is a traditional Japanese Tea and Stroll garden located at the University of British Columbia. Considered to be the one of the most authentic Japanese gardens in North America, the garden includes a rare authentic Tea Garden with a ceremonial Tea House.
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Featured Attraction of the Week: Nitobe Memorial Garden (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Pretty in Pink: Celebrating Vancouver’s Sakura

Cherry Blossoms In Vancouver


The following article was submitted by Lena White, passionate Vancouverite.

Spring time in Vancouver is a joyous spectacle of cotton candy cherry trees that toss the city with pink confetti! The Vancouver Park Board has planted and maintains over 19,000 flowering cherry trees in the city. There is a great diversity of species, each with its subtly unique blossoms, colours, and fragrances. While there are dozens of varieties in Vancouver, I’ll tell you about the three most commonly planted.

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Pretty in Pink: Celebrating Vancouver’s Sakura