The Bloedel Floral Conservatory in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is a conservatory and aviary located at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park.
In 1966, communities and organizations across Canada were encouraged to engage in centennial projects to celebrate the country's 100th anniversary. The projects ranged from special one-time events to local improvement projects. In Vancouver, Stuart Lefeaux, superintendent of the Vancouver Park Board and his deputy Bill Livingstone wanted to create an exciting icon that would enhance the image of the city. Their vision was to build a conservatory for exotic plants that would be both educational and a good place for families to go.
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chris atha | Mar 4, 2018
Such an amazing variety of beautiful and interesting birds, as well as plant life. The somewhat compact setting allows one to be completely immersed into the 'rain forest', with intriguing and alluring scenery and activities at every turn. Only $6.50 to enter and thoroughly worth it. Well informed, polite staff seemingly joyful just to be able to help educate the public. Strongly recommend locals and travellers alike to take the hour or so to tour the conservatory.
Agi S | Feb 25, 2018
Great to drive there but not so great with transit. Lots of walking. No lights at night in park. Conservatory is small but the birds are great and lots of tropical plants. Very enjoyable visit. Places to sit and enjoy.
Ophelia | Nov 21, 2017
Beautiful plants and birds and it's nice and warm! Also, when you go outside it's a wonderful view of the city. It's very cheap and definitely worth it. The staff has an immense amount of knowledge about the birds, so I would definitely recommend approaching them if you see them waking around. The birds are gorgeous and get really close, they are super adorable! It's just a really calming place to be.
Ciobanu Catalina | Jan 17, 2018
Absolutely a must see! Beautiful garden inside with lots of exotic birds and plants, a little river with salmon and a charming little bridge taking you to explore even more this amazing oasis. It is a gem! The entrance fee (aprox. $5) is worth every penny. Couldn't recommend it more. I visit the Conservatory every time I go to Queen Elizabeth Park.
Moises Schini | Feb 25, 2018
Really nice place to go. It’s small just like the entrance fee. You gotta spend some hours on the park and make this place one of your best stops.
Vi Nguyen | Apr 1, 2018
I loved this place so much!! It really made me miss the tropical regions. The plantation and birds are beautiful!! The walk from the parking lot to the Conservatory is very short but there were also so many beautiful things to see that we really took our time. Right outside the conservatory you can see one of the most beautiful view of the mountain as well. Highly recommended
Moe dizzel | Mar 9, 2018
Great place to relax when not busy and the experience is outstanding, we enjoyed our trip today and the people that work there are extremely nice and dedicated to ehat they do. I recommend this place for anyone that wants to get away from technology and the city. Thank you all for the great experience 10 out of 5....this place is great 💯✔👊👍
Cameron St John | Apr 3, 2018
Tropical birds, themed hunts for penguins at Christmas and eggs at Easter, and lots of funky plants. My six year old girl loves it. Take it slow so you can make it last an hour.
Laura Jin | May 1, 2018
Tiny but magnificent! The birds are absolutely amazing and I think this is a must see for all ages. If you take your time it will take about 30 minutes to walk through, but admission is cheap so it's honestly worth it. There's a huge variety of plant species as well so keep an eye out for unique ones!
Parm K | May 8, 2018
Great place to take kids...heck it's awesome for adults too. Amazing tropical birds to see. There is a humid and hot environment created for the birds in the bubble which was uncomfortable for me(I don't like hot weather). I still had fun though.
Alina Koval | Apr 20, 2018
Gorgeous tropical garden with resplendent exotic birds inside. Mostly parrots, including several Macaw parrots, a Cockatoo and an African Grey. You can also see plenty of tropical flowers and a pond of koi fish. The price is very affordable and this place is definitely worth a visit. Keep in mind that this is a simulation of a tropical climate, so it's very hot and humid in the biosphere.
Ryan P | Jun 5, 2018
Nothing else like it in metro Vancouver. The gardens simulate three different types of tropical climate zones. Lots of variety of birds to spot as well. The dome itself is a unique feature and remnants from Expo '86. The only down side is that it's rather small and doesn't take long to go through. However it's in beautiful Queen Elizabeth park so when you're done with the dome be sure to explore the park.
Matthew Israelson | May 20, 2018
The birds and plants are quite beautiful. Historic structure built in the 70’s. It’s small so it can seem busy, but if you stay long enough you can wander back and forth at your own pace. I suggest taking the guide and following along, it will make your experience much more informative and it’s fun trying to track down all the different species of trees. Good for kids or a second tinder date ;)
Ann L | Jun 8, 2018
I have been to the conservatory two times, one when I was new to Vancouver and the second time to look at it as a wedding venue. It is quite nice and you can get a close look at the birds. It has a great history and everything is well labelled. Definitely worthwhile to visit and on a hot day it is air conditioned! If you have a small wedding and want a tropical touch it is a unique place.
Sophie Kwalk | May 27, 2018
Beautifully designed inside, not very big. You could probably finish walking around the whole thing in 10min if you weren’t making any stops, I think it took us about 30-45 min, we took our time taking pictures and looking up the names of the birds. They provide laminated sheets with names and photos of the birds to help you identify them. Entrance fee of 6$ Pro tip, there’s lots of free street parking if you come through Cambie if you’re willing to walk 5 min plus you’ll end up walking through the garden which is beautiful.
B R S | May 17, 2018
This place is so nice and relaxing to visit. Kind of like stepping into a jungle of sorts. Relatively inexpensive. I would give it 5 stars but I didn't only because it would be nice if it was bigger. Expect to spend 20-30 minutes if you're casually walking through. Also has a gift shop.
M SM | Jun 30, 2018
The Bloedel Conservatory is located at QE park. It’s a little tropical paradise in Vancouver. They have lots of exotic plants and birds. For those who like photography, this is a great place to take colourful photos. There are little signs along the way to introduce the birds and plants. They also have information sheets for you to borrow while you walk around. A person can spend a little or a lot of time here. Pricing is not expensive. My family bought a pass and we usually walk around the path twice. It’s very enjoyable for the whole family, old and young. When it gets really hot in the park, we like to cool down inside the Bloedel Conservatory. I recommend this place to locals and tourists!
Lindsay Miller | Jul 18, 2018
Well conducted during a very busy weekend. This weekend was the blooming of the corpse flower, and while lineup got up to 4 hours long at one point in 30 degree weather, the staff had excellent performance in making sure each visitor was taken care of, providing shade, water, etc. Great job on managing such a small space and accommodating such a large crowd all in one weekend. Well prepared event.
Calvin Boehm | Jul 26, 2018
Really amazing plants and birds! It is a single walking loop and it is, of course, extremely humid, but a really fun experience. There are amazing plants and flowers that are situated beautifully but the birds were mine and my daughter’s favorite part. They have different kinds of beautiful parrots and other birds that are really close to the paths and fly by you. Glad we went!
Cam Cam | Aug 11, 2018
Absolutely wonderful! It was a nice addition to the visit to the Park! You may be fooled into thinking your stop here will be short, but you will want to go two maybe three times around the conservatory, like I did! And if you take the self guided tour like I did, you could be there for a couple hours. I wish the signs for the tour we're easier to find, but otherwise it was an awesome experience. Definitely recommend!
Christine Brassington | Jul 30, 2018
I was visiting Vancouver when Uncle Fester came into bloom. They had a great set up for viewing and even took the time to take photos for everyone with our own cameras!! Thank you so much for a wonderful experience. Your social media posts were up to date and you responded in a very timely manner on the wait times.
Yuki Cloud | Aug 10, 2018
A small but beautiful conservatory packed with exotic plants, birds and butterflies. Very reasonably priced entrance fee. I came while the corpse flower was blooming so there was an insane lineup to get in, despite the extreme summer heat. The staff set up canopies, handed out bottled water, and even lent out umbrellas from their gift store to ensure people lining up in the sun didn't suffer heat stroke. I'm sure the cost for all those things was far more than the tiny entrance fee they charged. You could tell they just wanted to let as many people have a chance to see the flower as possible. Absolutely amazing staff! Definitely worth a drop by if you're visiting QE park.
Bill B | Jul 26, 2018
I was so excited to find out about Uncle Fester from social media and had to see him in person. The conservatory has many detailed signs throughout to identify plants and animals, benches to sit upon and plenty of photo opportunities. I could spend all day there and still miss a few hidden gems. The conservatory even provides you with bird identification sheets.
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