Some Vancouverites took us to Queen Elizabeth Park Vancouver while hosting us in their home. It’s so lovely when we stay with friends as we get to see what they think is important in their town. This beautifully landscaped park, the second most visited park in Vancouver behind Stanley Park receives 6 million visitors a year, which is indicative of the garden’s appeal.
Originally called Little Mountain, the hill was extensively quarried for rock. Nowadays that quarry has been transformed into a garden of beauty, but the quarry garden is only one part of the whole garden.
The park was officially named in 1940 after King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visited in 1939. But the Main Quarry Garden didn’t begin to develop until 1948 after the end of WWII.
The smaller North Quarry, a dry garden, was developed in 1962 to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the incorporation of Vancouver City.
At 152 m above sea level it is the highest point in Vancouver and has great downtown and north shore views.
Session is the name given to the two following bronze sculptures. It is of a man photographing 3 people and the group sculpture was donated to the park in 1984.
In 2008 the female sculpture on the left of the group below, was stolen. Police found her in a field at Aldergrove some two months later after which she was reinstated.
The photo above shows Bloedel Conservatory on the left with Henry Moore’s Knife Edge Bronze statue in front and Dancing Fountain on right.
If you have time available, we recommend visiting the Boedel Floral Conservatory. It features indoor tropical plants with over 100 free flying birds and is a great budget option at $6.75 adults, Senior and Youth $4.55 children $3.30.
If the weather is challenging outside, make a beeline for the Conservatory and spend a blissful an hour or two.
I can’t help but smell every different coloured rose bush I come across and there were some beautifully fragrant roses in this collection. It’s interesting how the different colours have different perfumes and how some that are flamboyant colours and petals have no perfume at all.
Roses are like people – so distinct and interesting.
The Arboretum is in the north and north-western side of the park. First planted in 1949, tree species include Ponderosa, pine, spruce, douglas fir and redwood that grow into one of the biggest trees in the world.
Family Friendly. In good weather children love playing in the dancing fountains, and if the City’s notorious rain has settled in they will have fun identifying all the tropical birds in the conservatory.
Amenities include Pitch and Putt, an eighteen short 3 par golf course for all levels, 17 tennis courts, April to September Lawn Bowls, Roller Hockey, Basketball, Disc Golf, off-leash dog area and a designated picnic area.
Queen Elizabeth Park Restaurant. SEASONS IN THE PARK has beautiful city views.
Budget Friendly. Most parks and gardens are free and this one is no exception. Even the conservatory is affordable.
Queen Elizabeth Park Vancouver Hours are 9 am to 5 pm and the Conservatory 10 am to 5 pm.
Entry is free but some activities come at a cost.
Parking – Park off 37th Avenue for free parking
Time Required. Allow three hours.
- By Bus: No. 15 Bus from Downtown (check with Translink)
- By Bicycle: Midtown Ridgeway Bike Route or Ontario Street Bike Route
- By Vehicle: Parking $2/hour with some free on street parks
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