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Top 5 Vancouver Gardens

Vancouver's gardens may not be as famous as our other outdoor spaces--like Stanley Park or the beaches--but they deserve to be! If you're a fan of gardens, perfect landscaping, serenity, outdoor contemplation, and natural beauty, take advantage of these gorgeous public spaces.

1. Queen Elizabeth Park's Quarry Gardens

Two of Vancouver's prettiest gardens are "Queen E's" quarry gardens. Horticultural delights, these gardens are laced with pathways, little bridges and mini waterfalls. In full bloom over the summer months, they make the perfect day trip, and they're completely free!

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2. Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden

Incorporating elements of traditional Chinese architecture with the other classical Chinese-garden elements of weathered rock, jade-green water and mystical plants, the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden is an oasis of serenity in the heart of Vancouver's historic Chinatown.

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3. VanDusen Botanical Garden

A fairytale land of vibrant flowers, slender, winding paths, and lily-pad covered ponds--there's even an European-style hedge maze--VanDusen is one of the most beautiful spots in all of Vancouver, and well worth the price of admission. A favourite at any time of year (it's famous in winter for its Festival of Lights), VanDusen is truly glorious in the summer.

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4. Stanley Park Gardens

Stanley Park is better known for its majestic ceders and firs than for its flowers, but that doesn't mean there aren't gorgeous gardens there, too. The Stanley Park gardens include a rose garden, a rhododendron garden and a pictorial carpet bed at Prospect Point, the highest point in the park. And like Queen Elizabeth Park, these gardens are entirely free!

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5. Nitobe Memorial Garden

One of the many gardens that make up the University of British Columbia's  (UBC) Botanical Gardens, this small zen haven is considered one of the "top five" most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan. Head there on the last Saturday of the month during the summer, and you can enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony along with the waterfalls and reflecting ponds.More »

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