Perched 545 feet (167 meters) above sea level, this well-kept park affords wonderful views over downtown Vancouver. A sunken quarry garden, a 1,500-tree arboretum, a rose garden, floral displays, and public artworks make this 128-acre (52-hectare) recreational space one of the most pleasing outdoor hangouts in the city.
You can visit Queen Elizabeth Park independently or as part of a guided tour. Many sightseeing tours make stops at the park’s highest point, which affords panoramic city views. Thanks to its immaculate floral displays, the park is often included on garden tours, which typically incorporate visits to the VanDusen Botanical Garden and Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden too. The park is also home to the Bloedel Floral Conservatory, which is full of tropical plants, trees, and free-flying birds.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Queen Elizabeth Park is a must for families and flora enthusiasts.
- Book tickets for the Bloedel Conservatory in advance to avoid waiting in line.
- The park is wheelchair and stroller accessible, with paved pathways leading through the quarry garden and to the Bloedel Conservatory.
How to Get There
Queen Elizabeth Park is less than 15 minutes’ by car from downtown Vancouver. Take the SkyTrain (Canada Line) to King Edward or Oakridge-41st Avenue station, and walk from there.
When to Get There
The best time to visit the park is in spring and summer when many of the flowers are in full bloom and when Painters’ Corner, an open-air art gallery, is in full swing. This is also when the weather is usually warmest, so you’ll be able to wander around in comfort.
Highlights of the Park
While you’re roaming the park, be on the lookout for several noteworthy sights: the Dancing Waters, near the Bloedel Conservatory, a fountain with 70 jets that shoot water high into the air. In spring and summer, stroll by Painters’ Corner, an open-air space where artists display their works. The park also contains several sculptures of note, including Photo Session by J. Seward Johnson Junior, which depicts a man photographing three subjects, and Knife Edge-Two Piece by Henry Moore, an abstract bronze.