Travel the World at These Vancouver Attractions

Tropical garden at Bloedel Conservatory Vancouver

Walking path at the Bloedel Conservatory. Photo: Your Vancouver Real Estate

We’re not travelling abroad for a while… but that doesn’t mean we can’t experience the world from our own backyard. From tropical paradise to zen Asian gardens, there are so many places in Vancouver to visit that will make you forget you aren’t going on vacation this year. Let’s travel the globe in Vancouver!
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Travel the World at These Vancouver Attractions

Spring is Coming – Vancouver Gardens to Wander and Explore

Photo: Yasmine Hardcastle

Spring is in the air, and not only are the cherry blossoms coming out to play, all the flowers are starting to show off their petals and colours. Which means that Vancouver is about to get even more beautiful and the warmer temperatures will allow for some peaceful wandering and picnics in the city’s attractive garden spaces. Pull up a bench or get your step on at Vancouver’s gorgeous gardens!

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Spring is Coming – Vancouver Gardens to Wander and Explore

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!)

Signs of Summer at Queen Elizabeth Park

Running through the fountains atop Queen Elizabeth Park. Photo: Dana Lynch

Summer is coming! If the approaching long May weekend isn’t enough to convince you, then how about these pictures from Queen Elizabeth Park—You know summer is coming when the weather is warm enough for kids to run through Queen E’s dancing fountains!*

My family and I headed to Queen Elizabeth Park for part of Mother’s Day yesterday, and the scene there was just idyllic! Barefoot babies in the fountain, flowers in bloom throughout the free quarry gardens, clear skies making it easy to see all of downtown Vancouver from atop the park (the highest point in the city)—It was one of those days that made me feel lucky to live in Vancouver, one of the most gorgeous cities on earth!

Check out the photos for a peak at early summer at Queen Elizabeth Park:

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Signs of Summer at Queen Elizabeth Park

Vancouver’s Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden Named Best City Garden in the World by National Geographic Book

Vancouver's Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden

2011 has been a banner year for Vancouver’s Chinatown. Not only was the vibrant neighbourhood declared a national historic site in October, The Vancouver Sun reports that the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden has been”named No. 1 on a list of city gardens around the world in a new book from National Geographic.”

The book, Secret Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Best Hidden Travel Gems, rated Vancouver’s Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden above the Rodin Sculpture Garden in Paris, the Foster Botanical Garden in Hawaii, and the Botanic Gardens in Singapore (as well as every other city garden in the world).

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Vancouver’s Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden Named Best City Garden in the World by National Geographic Book

Zimsculpt Returns to VanDusen Botanical Garden

Witness Bonjisi's "Witness", made from opal stone. One of the Zimbabwean sculptures on display at Zimsculpt at VanDusen Botanical Garden. Photo: Dana Lynch

Zimsculpt—the exhibition and sale of Zimbabwean shona (stone) sculpture—is back at Vancouver’s VanDusen Botanical Garden.

Though it was a huge hit in 2009 and 2010, this is the last year to catch Zimsculpt at VanDusen; it won’t be back in 2012. So if you haven’t yet seen this art exhibit, which poetically situates the powerful Zimbabwean sculptures throughout VanDusen’s gorgeous gardens and pathways, don’t miss this final opportunity!

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Zimsculpt Returns to VanDusen Botanical Garden

Rhododendron Walk at VanDusen Botanical Garden

Rhododendron Walk at VanDusen Botanical Garden

Big bushes bursting with fragrant blossoms in all colours, rhododendrons are the one flower I most associate with late spring / early summer in the Pacific Northwest; my parents’ house is surrounded by them and their blossoms always signaled that summer was near. This year, the rhododendrons are a little late, but now that sunny weather has arrived in Vancouver, they’re finally in bloom!

There are two gardens in Vancouver that are must-sees for rhododendron fans: the free Ted & Mary Greig Rhododendron Garden at Stanley Park and the VanDusen Botanical Garden, where you can stroll through the flowers along the magical Rhododendron Walk.

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Rhododendron Walk at VanDusen Botanical Garden