Atop a hill in Queen Elizabeth Park, the Bloedel Conservatory—also known as the Bloedel Floral Conservatory—overlooks downtown Vancouver and the North Shore Mountains. The domed structure is divided into three climatic zones: tropical, subtropical, and desert. It houses plants and free-flying birds with eye-catching plumage.
Purchase tickets for the Bloedel Conservatory in advance and explore the site independently, wandering at your preferred pace. Among the many different species growing here, you’ll find succulents, cacti, banyans, and colorful orchids. Look out for the free-flying birds that inhabit the conservatory, which range from rainbow-colored Gouldian finches to chatty African parrots.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Bloedel Conservatory is an ideal rainy- or cold-day destination for families.
- Pick up a bird-watching checklist from the front desk to help you identify the various species you see.
- The conservatory is wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
The Bloedel Conservatory is in Queen Elizabeth Park, less than 15 minutes’ drive from downtown Vancouver. To get there using public transit, take the SkyTrain (Canada Line) to King Edward Station. From there, it’s 15–20 minutes to the conservatory on foot. Alternatively, ride bus 15 to Cambie Street/West 33rd Avenue.
When to Get There
Though it’s open year-round, the Bloedel Conservatory is a particularly welcome place to while away a cold or wet winter’s day, as the interior is warm and balmy. Weekend afternoons are the busiest time, so come early in the morning or midweek.
What Else to See at Queen Elizabeth Park
While you’re at the conservatory, it’s worth setting aside some time to explore surrounding Queen Elizabeth Park. On warm days, children love splashing around in the jets of the Dancing Waters fountain outside the conservatory, while older visitors will enjoy browsing the artists’ offerings at Painters’ Corner. A stroll around the park may also lead you to the quarry garden, the rose garden, or one of several public artworks, including the bronze sculpture Knife Edge Two Piece by the renowned English sculptor Henry Moore.