The Bloedel Floral Conservatory, or simply Bloedel Conservatory, is an indoor tropical garden and aviary in Queen Elizabeth Park. The space is divided into three climate zones and imitates the natural habitat and ecosystem of each. The tropical rainforest habitat showcases the deep jungle, where one hectare of forest contains more tree species than the country of Canada as a whole. The less humid climate of the subtropical rainforest habitat on the other hand is perfectly suited for fig trees, gnarly banyans and colorful orchids, and in the desert zone, succulents and cacti mesmerize the visitors with their prickly shapes.
Nature and green spaces already have a relaxing effect on the body, but for those looking to lower their stress levels an extra notch, the Bloedel Floral Conservatory also offers a healing garden. Visitors are encouraged to touch the bark of the trees, smell flowers and use all their senses to feel the energizing effect intended. Smile at the antics of macaws, pheasants, finches and parrots and watch them chasing each other through this lush paradise, finding food and building nests. The plants and free-flying tropical birds are all located under a spacious glass dome, which makes the location a great attraction for sunny as well as rainy days.
The Bloedel Floral Conservatory opens daily from 10am to 5pm between September and April, and from 9 or 10am to 8pm the rest of the year. The conservatory can be found in Queen Elizabeth Park on Little Mountain and is easily reachable by public transit. For example, take buses number 015, N15 and 033 to Cambie Street or the SkyTrain to King Edward Station.