Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, Vancouver
A 55 acre garden featuring plants from far and wide includung west coast natives and Canada's largest collections of rhododendrons. It is beautifully landscaped with a maze, waterfalls, ponds and different scenes..
When you've realized you've crammed too much into your itinerary in Vancouver then I'd suggest you take a trip to Van Dusen Gardens (at 37th & Oak). It includes an expansive array of different scenery with plants from all over the world. Bring a picnic lunch and/or a book and just relax. The cost is minimal.
On your way back walk east on 33rd Avenue past my old high school, Eric Hamber, and up the hill to Queen Elizabeth Park, also known as "Little Mountain". This venue also features a wonderful garden, albeit on a much smaller scale. The main gardens here are free but the enclosed conservatory does have a fee.
The VanDusen Botanical garden is a place that few Vancouverites have heard of, much less visited. Why...I don't know! Given the mild climate in the city almost anything will grow...and grow well, at that. The garden boasts something like 7,500 different plant varieties from six continents. It is a place of endless beauty.
The botanical garden is set-up along climatical lines, with special 'walks' that take you from, say, a Sino Himalayan Garden to a path filled with Magnolias, Japanese Cherries, Pacific Dogwood, Camellias, Rhododendrons, to name a few. Their homepage is excellent and will help you plan your visit, based on their 'bloom' calendar. This traveler recommends a fall trip. My photo shown here, taken in October, might offer some enticement. Enjoy!
Van Dusen Botanical Gardens ... I'll write more later but that's my tip in case you're here before I update the page!