22 km, 45 minutes of driving.
Allow yourself the entire day to see it all.
Vancouver was awarded the Canadian Garden Council’s 2014 Garden destination of the year for good reason! Vancouver's temperate climate and soft, plentiful rains encourage exuberant growth throughout the Lower Mainland.
Gardens, parks and green spaces can be found all around Vancouver, enhancing its already natural beauty of mountains and ocean. Start your day in Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver’s highest point to orientate yourself to the city. A spectacular park-and-garden complex spanning 52-hectare (130-acre) with a stunning quarry garden, statue collection and the Bloedel Conservatory (visit time 1 hour in the conservatory and 1 hour to enjoy the view and explore the outdoor garden).
Next visit the nearby VanDusen Botanical Garden (visit time 2 hours) when you can enjoy a casual bite in Truffles Cafe or indulge in a fine dining experience at the Shaughnessy Restaurant.
Head out to the University of British Columbia and take in Canada’s oldest university Botanical Garden. Don’t miss this century-old gem (visit time 2.5 hours including the Greenheart Canopy Walkway Eco-adventure).
Finish your day along bustling 4th Avenue in Kitsilano with some unique shopping and dining options including the Italian Trattoria Restaurant.
End this great day by enjoying the sunset at any of the many beaches in the area, perhaps Kitsilano Beach or just a little further down at Vanier Park.
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