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Visit the VanDusen Botanical Garden
When it was first built, the VanDusen Garden was approximately 54 acres of green wonderland. Today, the garden is now the largest botanical garden in the city and has been named one of the 10 best botanical garden in the world by Horticulture magazine.
All the plants in the garden are well labelled and are arrange by species and places of origin for those interested in horticulture. Not only will you be amazed at the variety of flowers and plants, you will also notice the garden's special effect on you. Peace and enjoyment is one of the many rewards when you take a stroll down a bed of witch hazel or brush through magnolias and camellias. Flowers will vary from season to season and it is always full of surprises.
The garden does not close during the winter month. You can even stroll in the night when sections of the garden are lit up with 19,000 Christmas lights. This much visited time is known as the Festival of Lights.
There is a lovely Elizabethan maze planted with a thousand pyramid cedars which you can tackle. You won't get lost though as the plants are only 1.5m and is a great place to for children to play in.
There are guided tours and cart tours that are offered every afternoon from Easter to Thanksgiving depending on the weather. There is a fee you must pay at the entrance but bear in mind, your money goes towards maintaining the garden.
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