Milner Gardens & Woodland – Vancouver Island University

A one-of-a-kind woodland estate and gardens nestled in the peace that only an old-growth forest can provide; an oasis that rejuvenates the soul.

Vancouver Island University's Milner Gardens & Woodland is a magical seaside retreat once reserved for royalty.

Sheltered by an old-growth forest and the Strait of Georgia, this one-of-a-kind woodland estate rejuvenates the soul with its gardens and magnificent coastal views. Stroll along the groomed forest trails through the 60 acres of old growth forest to the woodland garden with its rhododendron lined glades carpeted with cyclamen, trillium and other indigenous plants.

Experience the artist's garden surrounding the historic Milner House situated atop an ocean side bluff. Savour the spectacular tree-framed views of the Georgia Strait dotted with its islands and backdrop of distant coastal mountains.

After strolling the forest trails and gardens, take time to enjoy a leisurely pot of afternoon tea in the Camellia Tea Room of Milner House where Queen Elizabeth, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles and Princess Diana once visited.

Open daily 10:00 am with last entry at 4:30 pm May-August. Free shuttle service from entrance to the Pool House Gift Shop and Camellia Tea Room. Guided tours on request for groups of 10 or more by reservation.

Free parking for cars, RV’s and busses at the Welcome Interpretive Centre.

Please see our website for events and shoulder season openings.

Historic Milner House nestled in a collector’s garden of rhododendrons, trees and shrubs from around the globe.

Historic Milner House nestled in a collector’s garden of rhododendrons, trees and shrubs from around the globe.

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Garden Amenities


Our annual outdoor festival of Christmas lights and music for the whole family in the Garden. Stroll over half a kilometer of lit and decorated trails.

Be sure to visit Santa at the Ursus Den, count the bears in the Teddy Bear Cottage, enjoy to Christmas carols & refreshments at Milner House, listen to storytellers in the Magnolia Room, and shop for Christmas gifts in the Queen’s Room & Pool House Gift Shop.

Please see our website for event dates and times.


Milner Gardens & Woodland


Closed until further notice due to COVID-19. Check website for updates.


Open daily 10am with last entry at 4:30pm
May – August.

See website for daily/seasonal hours of operation.

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Getting Here

2179 W Island Hwy,
Qualicum Beach, BC
V9K 1G1

Region: Vancouver Island

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