Map &
Directions

Hours
mode_edit
Been here?
Rate it
chevron_left
 
chevron_right

Top Tours

 
Private Tour: Gardens of Vancouver
"Your private tour starts with a stop at the beautiful Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver's Chinatown. The Chinese have a totally different perspective on what a garden should be and it must be seen to be understood. Take a short wal you travel to the highest point in the city the spectacular Queen Elisabeth Park and its sunken gardens. Originally a rock quarry for the early development of downtown it is now a spectacular garden and view point. Finally you'll enjoy the breathtaking Van Dusen Botanical Garden with an amazing array of what nature has to offer. This mature 55 acre (22 hectare) garden features displays of plants in picturesque landscape settings. Specific garden areas are planted to illust"""Spend a half-day in Vancouver's wonderful gardens on this private and personalized tour. Beauty
From CAD161.00
 
Best of Vancouver Private Evening City Tour
"This 3-hour small-group private tour includes the service of a professional local guide and vehicle and is available for groups as small as two or as large as needed. Small groups will travel in Luxury SUVs or Cadillac touring limos with all seats facing forward and easy in and out.Your talented local guides will show you the best that Vancouver has to offer. The tour starts with 6pm pickup at your hotel. Afterwards you'll visit famous attractions such as Stanley Park and the Lions Gate Bridge. Then stop at Chinatown the second largest on the west coast of North America and one of Vancouver's oldest neighborhoods before heading to Gastown
From CAD104.00
 
Private Tour: Vancouver City Sightseeing
"Enjoy convenient pickup from your Vancouver hotel or the cruise ship terminal and discuss with your private guide what's in store for your 4-hour outing. Get to know the bustling seaport city of Vancouver at a leisurely pace: On this private tour you can focus just on the places that fit your interests. Hear historical facts and anecdotes from your guide as you travel between sites. Discover Stanley Park 1000 acres (405 hectares) of natural oasis bounded on three sides by the water. Check out the park’s perimeter Seawall offering stunning views of Vancouver’s skyline the North Shore mountains and Burrard Inlet. Gaze at Brockton Point's totem poles
From CAD104.00

Queen Elizabeth Park Tips (19)

A tropical garden in Queen Elizabeth Park

The Bloedel Conservatory is located in Queen Elizabeth Park at the top of Little Mountain. It is a large dome overlooking the city and the mountains. Inside this dome is a large temperature controlled tropical garden with trees, plants, flowers, birds and some small ponds with fish. This beautiful enclosed garden is open year round and is a popular attraction at Queen Elizabeth Park and a perfect place to visit if the weather is not cooperating a 100%. There's a walkway that takes you all the way through the dome and you will come across some of the birds, although some of them may be hiding in the plants/trees. There is also a small souvenir area at the entrance of the Bloedel Conservatory.

We have visited here several times and usually it's part of a visit to Queen Elizabeth Park as well as the views from the park are so beautiful and a walk through the park is always nice to do. Right outside of the Bloedel Conservatory is a fountain display which is fun to watch as well.

Queen Elizabeth is free, but for the Bloedel Conservatory you have to pay to get in as follows: Adult (19-64 years) - $6.50
Senior (65+ years) - $4.50
Youth (13-18 years) - $4.50
Child (3-12 years) - $3.25
Family (1-2 adults of the same household, and their children aged 3 to 18) - $15.00
Pre-schoolers (accompanied by an adult) - Free

Ann75's Profile Photo
Ann75
Feb 01, 2013

Queen Elizabeth Park: an all season park

Queens Elizabeth Park in Vancouver is the second most visited park after Stanley Park as it has the most beautiful maintained gardens. The views from here are amazing as well as it's located on one of the highest points of the city. So you may enjoy beautiful views of the park, downtown Vancouver and the North Shore Mountains. There is a rose garden here and a quarry garden.

The park is free to enter, but you do have to pay to park your car. Once you enter the park you can follow the paved trails throughout the gardens which are amazing to see in any season. There is a restaurant in the park, public washrooms and benches. You may also find a fountain display near the Bloedel Conservatory which is fun to watch for kids. The Bloedel Conservatory is a tropical garden in the shape of a dome. There is an entrance fee for this conservatory (more on that in another tip).

Ann75's Profile Photo
Ann75
Feb 01, 2013

Beautiful gardens to enjoy and explore

A fun little stat - Being the highest point in Vancouver; 152 m (501 ft) above sea level.

Queen Elizabeth Park is a great and can be a free place to visit. It's located south of downtown but accessible by transit or car. It's a beautiful garden to walk around, explore and simply enjoy the beauty of the flowers and trees. It's located on a former rock quarry and offers numerous activities besides the gardens such as lawn bowling, a pitch and putt golf course, tai chi and simply relaxing.

You can enter the Bloedel Floral Conservatory for $5 and enjoy tropical birds and plants. One of my favourite things to do is simply walk around the trails and enjoy the views from up top. It's a peaceful way when it's not too crowded to spend the day.

There are numerous spots to picnic and even fountains to enjoy. Even if you aren't into gardens and flowers (I'm not) it's a lovely spot to visit.

For transit, the best bet is the #15, check out www.translink.ca.

MsVancouverGirl
Sep 22, 2011

QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK - VANCOUVER

Originally, Queen Elizabeth Park was a basalt quarry. We came here, by Bus, to visit the Bloedel Observatory.
The main Quarry Garden is just west of the Bloedel Conservatory, is a pretty spot, with very nice specimen trees and shrubs. As well, beds are planted with perennial and annual's, along with tree Fuchsias. A stream and cascading waterfall add to the beauty of the area.

There is another, smaller Quarry Garden, which has a bridge over a pretty stream.
The two quarry gardens are a "Gardener's delight," and I am sure, even if you are not a gardener like me, you will still enjoy walking the winding pathways, crossing the little bridges and admiring the mini waterfalls set amongst hundreds of plants and flowers.
Seats are scattered around so you can rest your legs.

What a beautiful park this is, one I imagine, that would be stunning in Autumn when all the leaves colour.

Not only are there gardens, but a Restaurant, and an area for sports, including the Queen Elizabeth Pitch & Putt golf course, Tai Chi in the morning atop the plaza, lawn bowling, and 18 FREE TENNIS COURTS that are first-come, first-serve!
Oh! And don't forget to look at all the Sculptures situated around the park!

The views, we thought, we pretty good as well!

Easy to reach by public transport.

balhannah's Profile Photo
balhannah
Apr 04, 2011
 
 
Sponsored Listings

Hotels Near Queen Elizabeth Park

Hotels
711 West Broadway, @ Heather Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Z 3Y2, Canada
Show Prices
Hotels
205 Kingsway, (formerly Comfort Inn), Vancouver, British Columbia, V5T 3J5, Canada
Show Prices
Hotels
898 West Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Z 1J8, Canada
Show Prices
Hotels
2111 Main Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5T 3C6, Canada
Show Prices
Hotels
2006 West 14th Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6J 2K4, Canada
Show Prices
Hotels
1253 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6H 3R9, Canada
Show Prices

Bloedel Conservatory

Bloedel Conservatory is a geodesic dome built in 1969. It is located at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park and houses over 500 species of plant, 100 species of free-flying birds, and tropical fish in pools and streams. Adult admission is about $4 and the Conservatory is open every day from 10 am to 5:30 pm.

UPDATE: Sadly, since I first posted this tip, the City of Vancouver has decided to close the Bloedel Conservatory. They say that the upkeep is too expensive and, although it is quite popular with tourists, not enough locals visit it year round to justify the expense. Unless a private interest take over the conservatory it is scheduled to be closed in March 2010.

toontown's Profile Photo
toontown
Dec 20, 2009

Visit Queen Elizabeth Park!

This one of the famous parks of Vancouver. It is free to get inside. The garden is so beautiful - a mixture of the east and the west. There is a fountain outside where Shelby went and played. I wasn't so sure if we were allowed then but my daughter just wanted to go and play with the water!

We walked down the paths of the garden - such beautifully laid out - the colorful and lush bushes, trees and other multiple-colored fauna were nicely planted to give a better view of the garden. There are little pools and bridges that connects one garden to another. The maple trees are beautiful especially the different classes of Japanese maple trees they chose to plant.

The walk way to the park overlooking some parts of Vancouver was planted with zinnias! (It was summer time when we visited here). The flowers were large and beautiful...The colors of all the plants and flowers they planted are wonderful to see!

joiwatani's Profile Photo
joiwatani
Jan 02, 2009

Go to the bridge at Queen Elizabeth Park

The park is huge but there are some advantage points when you go to the bridge at the Queen Elizabeth Park because then you can see the whole park.

The park in the summer time is very beautiful. The different flowers in bloom. There are so many flowers to see and I love the gigantic zinnias at the front of the park and the verbenas. The sylvia flowers are in purple and in reds. These flowering plants are annuals and after the summer, these disappear so it is best to come here during the spring time and during the summer time.

joiwatani's Profile Photo
joiwatani
Dec 14, 2008

Take a stroll through Queen Elizabeth Park

At 505 feet above sea level, Queen Elizabeth Park is the highest point in the city of Vancouver. Although many people assume it was named after Queen Elizabeth II, it was actually named it honour of her mother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Though it is much smaller than Stanley Park, it offers pleasant walking trails and a great view of downtown Vancouver. The rise on which the park is located used to be known as Little Mountain and at the beginning of the 20th century, it was quarried by the Canadian Pacific Railway Company for the construction of railroads in British Columbia. When Little Mountain was turned into a park, the parts that had been quarried were turned into beautiful sunken gardens. I didn't get to see the park in full bloom since I was there in December, but I still very much enjoyed walking up and down the trails that go around the hill. My own personal "coup de coeur" in the park was "The Photo Session" sculpture by J. Seward Johnson Jr, an American artist who specializes in trompe l'oeil (extremely realistic) bronze sculpture.

Jefie's Profile Photo
Jefie
Jan 22, 2008

Top 5 Vancouver Writers

Carmanah's Profile Photo

Carmanah

"A Local's Perspective"
View Member
rmdw's Profile Photo

rmdw

"Vancouver, BC - Canada's Pacific Gem!"
View Member
jamiesno's Profile Photo

jamiesno

"Vancouver, BC, Canada!"
View Member
spitball's Profile Photo

spitball

"Vancouver, my current home"
View Member
joiwatani's Profile Photo

joiwatani

"Vancouver,the best neighbor city of the USA!"
View Member
 
 

Flowers Haven

Queen Elizabeth Park sits in the middle of Vancouver. The top of the park is the highest point in the city at 505 ft above sea level. Millions of tourists and locals visit the park yearly to marvel at the gardens of flowers in the park. There is no fee to visit the park, however the conservatory charges $3 CAD per person.

A number of gardens and sculptures are located in the park. Seasons in the Park is a restaurant with a magnifent view of Vancouver's downtown peninsula. Golf course and tennis courts are also available in the park. The are plenty of things to do here. Make sure you bring your camera! Once you start taking pictures here, you don't want to stop!

More pictures of the park.

If you want to find a quiet place to think or even a serene place to stroll around and relax in, this is the place!

acebruin's Profile Photo
acebruin
Jul 31, 2007

130 acres of beauty

Queen Elizabeth Park is a local favourite and probably one of Vancouver's most recently forgotten tourist sites. Because Queen Elizabeth Park isn't downtown like Stanley Park is, and since it's not as famous as Butchart Gardens in Victoria, people seem to omit it from their travels. But if you love peaceful walks, love the smell of fresh earthy air, and have an overall love of the simplicity of gardens, I'd highly recommend a visit.

Located atop a former rock quarry, Queen Elizabeth Park offers 130 acres of manicured flower gardens, paved trails, forests, a duck pond, and lookout points only a short 10 minute drive from the downtown core of Vancouver. The park is also home to the Conservatory (an indoor jungle with exotic birds and flowers), and a pitch and putt. Across the street is the famous Nat Bailey Stadium, home to the local AAA baseball team, the Vancouver Canadians. The Season's Hilltop Bistro is also located at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park. It has a fantastic view from its dining room, and it's probably most famous locally for hosting a dinner for former presidents Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin.

Though parking costs money, the entire park is free to visit.

Carmanah's Profile Photo
Carmanah
Jun 24, 2007

Autumn in Canada

Visiting Canada in autumn allows you to see an impressive variety of colours. From green to brown, passing through orange and red. This picture was taken in late October and we took advantage of the fact that the leaves have recently fallen in Queen Elizabeth Park.

WBrasil's Profile Photo
WBrasil
Nov 13, 2005

Henry Moore sculpture at QE Park

Just east of the Bloedel Conservatory atop the park is a the "Knife Edge" scuplture by Henry Moore, donated by patron Prentice Bloedel. It not only adds visual interest to the look-out, it also sounds interesting when touched. Kids love to climb up and play it. The sound is different depending upon which side of the sculpture you stand.

toontown's Profile Photo
toontown
Mar 28, 2004

Things to Do Near Queen Elizabeth Park

Things to Do

Bloedel Conservatory

The Bloedel Conservatory is a small round building located in Queen Elizabeth Park. I had read another Mother's review of it online and figured it would be a great place to spend an afternoon with our...
View More
Things to Do

Totem Poles

Located in the northeast area of Stanley Park, the First Nations artwork area is most famous for its totem poles. However, there are also several other pieces of artwork here. This includes a Story...
View More
Things to Do

VanDusen Botanical Gardens

Vancouver's wet climate produces some of the most lush gardens in North America. Because of the climate and the mild temperatures, Vancouver's gardens are vibrant and green year round. This is unlike...
View More
Things to Do

South Granville Rise

South Granville (also called "South Granville Rise") is an upscale shopping district south of downtown Vancouver. The heart of South Granville's commercial area spans along Granville Street between...
View More
Things to Do

False Creek

False Creek is a sea inlet that separates Downtown Vancouver from the rest of Vancouver. There are walkways around it, but we decided to explore it by ferry rather than walk. There are two companies...
View More
Things to Do

The Rocky Mountaineer Train

NOTE: The address below is the address of the Rocky Mountaineer station. Some of the tips on the VT web site give the address of the headquarters office, which is several blocks away. Rocky...
View More

Getting to Queen Elizabeth Park

Address

Cambie & W 33rd Ave, Vancouver

Hours

We don't yet have hours for this Things to Do. Help us improve our info!

Map