Getting Here

Whether driving, riding, or taking transit, it’s easy to access us from anywhere in Vancouver. VanDusen and Bloedel visitors can enjoy the gardens all year round regardless of their mobility. Download a PDF map.

VanDusen Botanical Gardens

VanDusen Botanical Garden is located at 5251 Oak Street at West 37th Avenue (north west corner)

If you are driving

If you are coming into Vancouver on Hwy 99 from the south (Richmond, Ladner, Delta & USA) you should know that Highway 99 becomes Oak Street once you cross the bridge from Richmond into Vancouver. Oak is crossed by consecutively numbered avenues. Proceed north along Oak Street to reach West 37th (about 36 blocks). The last major intersection before you reach VanDusen is at West 41st Avenue. It is controlled with traffic lights in all directions. Proceed straight through the intersection four more blocks north to West 37th. At W.37th there is a pedestrian controlled light, make a left onto W.37th then a sharp right into our parking lot and you’re here.

If you are driving to VanDusen from Downtown Vancouver

Proceed east along Nelson Street onto the Cambie Street Bridge. Once on the other side of the bridge proceed straight on Cambie Street until you reach West 33rd Avenue. It’s a major intersection controlled by traffic lights. Turn right onto West 33rd and proceed west along W.33 until you reach Oak Street (about 5 blocks). Turn left onto Oak, proceed south four blocks and turn right onto West 37th, then turn right to enter our parking lot. You’re here!

If you are driving into Vancouver from the east along Hwy #1

Take the Grandview Highway exit (Grandview eventually becomes 12th Avenue). Travel west and turn left (south) on Oak Street. At West 37th Avenue, turn right (west) and enter the VanDusen Garden parking lot.

If you are taking public transport

From downtown take #17 Oak bus. Detailed information on all transit routes can be obtained by calling 604.953.3333 or visit the TransLink web site. Ask the driver to let you off at West 37th Avenue. Once at West 37th Avenue, cross the street and we’re right there. Depending on traffic and where you embark, you should allow 20 minutes once you have boarded the bus.

VanDusen map

The Garden is arranged in plant collections. Certain sections are grouped by genus — such as roses or maples. Others are arranged by geographical connection. Some of these areas have been designed to mimic the terrain of the original location. For example, the Sino-Himalayan garden features sloping terrain to mimic the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains.

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Bloedel Conservatory

Located off West 33rd Avenue between Cambie and Main Streets atop Queen Elizabeth Park

If you are driving to Bloedel from Downtown Vancouver

Proceed east along Nelson Street onto the Cambie Street Bridge. Proceed straight on Cambie Street until you reach West 29th Avenue. Turn left onto West 29th. This will turn into Midlothian Ave which curves around Queen Elizabeth Park and eventually reconnects with 33rd Ave. Take the first right into the park and then the first left. The road will curve right and lead directly to the Bloedel parking lot.

If you are driving into Vancouver from the east along Hwy #1

Take the Grandview Highway exit (Grandview eventually becomes 12th Avenue). Travel west and turn left (south) on Cambie Street. Proceed along Cambie Street until you reach West 29th Avenue. Turn left onto West 29th. This will turn into Midlothian Ave which curves around Queen Elizabeth Park and eventually reconnects with 33rd Ave. Take the first right into the park and then the first left. The road will curve right and lead directly to the Bloedel parking lot.

If you are taking public transport

TransLink connection from downtown Vancouver best via the #15 bus. Ask the driver to let you off at West 33th Avenue. Once at West 33th Avenue, cross the street to Queen Elizabeth Park and walk up the hill to the Conservatory. For more information on TransLink connections phone 604-953-3333.

If you are biking

The Midtown/Ridgeway Bike Route, along East and West 37th Avenues, and the Ontario Street Bike Route, running north and south, both run past beautiful Queen Elizabeth Park.

Limited Mobility Access

VanDusen visitors can enjoy the Garden all year round regardless of their mobility.

The Conservatory is fully wheelchair accessible. There is a wheelchair on site that can be borrowed if needed. Drop off area in the round-about before proceeding to parking lot. Parking lot designated sites for mobility limited guests.

Parking

There are stalls located at the front (northeast side) of the parking lot reserved for limited mobility guests. Vehicles using these stalls must display the special wheelchair/limited mobility decal issued by the City of Vancouver.

There is also a drop-off/pick-up area to facilitate the arrival and departure of limited mobility guests who may not be using a vehicle that has a decal.

At the Gardens

For more information about limited mobility access during your visit to the Gardens, read about our snacks and available services.