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Elysium Gardens, Kelowna (JF Bergeron photo)

Elysium Gardens, Kelowna (JF Bergeron photo)

Nature is never far away in British Columbia, even in cities and towns.

Vancouver's Stanley Park was named one of the “Five Best Urban Escapes in Canada” by The Independent, a UK newspaper (2007). As well, dozens of BC communities have beautified their green spaces through the national “Communities in Bloom” program.

Gardens flourish in southern BC due to long growing seasons, mild temperatures and a healthy amount of rainfall. Stroll by perfectly coiffed blooms at The Butchart Gardens near Victoria or investigate exotic species in Vancouver's UBC Botanical Garden and VanDusen Botanical Garden.

Looking for a unique garden experience? Admire fields of fragrant purple lavender at the Okanagan Lavender Herb Farm, wade into a seaweed garden near Sooke, or join a boat tour from Tofino to visit Cougar Annie’s garden.

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Victoria Butterfly Gardens - Brentwood Bay

1461 Benvenuto Ave
Brentwood Bay, British Columbia
V8M 1J5
Toll-free877-722-0272
Phone250-652-3822

Victoria Butterfly Gardens offers you a unique opportunity to experience the warmth, beauty & romance of a tropical jungle next door to the world famous Butchart Gardens. Stroll through our indoor tropical oasis where Caribbean flamingos walk through the streams & ponds among the beautiful koi, goldfish, 15 tropical fish species, Australian whistling tree ducks & red-eared slider turtles. Marvel at the red footed & sulcata tortoises, poison dart frogs, geckos & a veiled chameleon. Up to 6000 tropical free-flying butterflies, 30 species of tropical birds & the world's largest moth species. Walk past the vanilla beans growing on the vine, papaya in the trees, pineapple, coffee beans, ginger, among other plants flourishing in our organic soil. Awarded the 2013 & 2014 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.

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EV Tours - Your personal tour guide in Victoria BC - Victoria

Toll-free877-358-7374
Phone778-433-5357

Private tours of Victoria BC and Salt Spring Island. We pick you up in a new vehicle anywhere near Victoria. Tours are customized just for you and your group, from solo to 40 people. Our personalized guided tours will suit your travel interests, pace, and schedule. Discover historical Victoria, the magic of Salt Spring Island, wine tasting, the Butchart Gardens, hiking in BC forest trails. Our local guides are knowledgeable and experienced. Whether you are looking for seaside excursions, walking in gardens and historical buildings, art, food, and our fabulous great outdoors, EV Tours has a special, personalized tour that is just right for you. See our website.

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Greenheart Canopy Walkway at UBC Botanical Garden - Vancouver

6804 SW Marine Dr
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6T 1Z4
Toll-free
Phone604-822-4208

Experience Vancouver's coastal forest from exciting new heights at the Greenheart Canopy Walkway, located at the UBC Botanical Garden. This 308 m (1010 ft) aerial trail system offers a rare perspective of the natural beauty of the West Coast forest canopy eco-system & provides visitors with an outstanding & unique educational opportunity. Admission includes access to the beautiful UBC Botanical Garden with over 10,000 species of rare plants from around the world.

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Hollyhock - Cortes Island

Highfield Road
Cortes Island, British Columbia
V0P 1K0
Toll-free800-933-6339
Phone250-935-6576

Hollyhock's spectacular ocean-front setting on super natural Cortes Island is an ideal backdrop for both transformative learning experiences and unforgettably dreamy holidays. Nestled between ancient forest and sandy beach, our internationally renowned centre for lifelong learning and well-being has been offering cutting-edge programs and conferences for 30+ years. A stay at Hollyhock includes morning yoga classes, forest hikes, beach walks, occasional morning rows, 24hr toast/fruit/tea/coffee bar and three decadent organic vegetarian meals each day. (Check out our cookbooks!) Guests may also book in for exquisite bodywork sessions and amazing kayak trips, including sunset paddles with naturally glowing bioluminescent waters. From gorgeous tent sites to hand-built West Coast style oceanfront rooms, we accommodate guests visiting for learning programs, conferences, group bookings and holidays.

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London Heritage Farm - Richmond

6511 Dyke Rd
Richmond, British Columbia
V7E 3R3
Toll-free
Phone604-271-5220

London Heritage Farm is a 1.6 hectare (4 acre) historical site that overlooks the south arm of the Fraser River. The site offers an 1890s farmhouse in a park with lovely heritage and herb gardens, the restored Spragg family barn, old farming equipment, a small hand tool museum, chickens, bees, allotments, Tea Room, Gift Shop as well as picnic tables and public washrooms.

Take a stroll through the park and heritage gardens, and stop in to the Farmhouse for a cup of our London Lady Tea and delicious home baked scones and homemade jam and other baked goods in our Tea Room. Wander through the historic farmhouse, entrance by donation.

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Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre - New Denver

306 Josephine St
New Denver, British Columbia
V0G 1S0
Toll-free
Phone250-358-7288

The Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre (NIMC) is a National Historic Site dedicated to preserving and sharing of the history of the internment of over 22,000 Japanese Canadians during the Second World War.

The Centre opened in 1994 as an initiative from the New Denver Kyowakai Society and is located on the site of a former internment camp. The site is now operated by the Village of New Denver. The original buildings, period artifacts, interpretive displays, and Heiwa Teien (Peace) garden chronicle this extraordinary episode in Canadian history.

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Point Ellice House - Victoria

2616 Pleasant St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8T 4V3
Toll-free
Phone250-380-6506

Historic house museum built in 1861; home of the O'Reilly family for 3 generations. Original furnishings & personal effects displayed as in the 1890-1920 period. Early Victoria pioneers. Heritage garden presently being restored to original plan. Afternoon tea served on the lawn overlooking the water 5 days a week May-August. Visitors can arrive by Harbour Ferries from Inner Harbour to our dock. Site available for wedding & other special event rentals.

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Prince of Whales Whale Watching - Vancouver - Vancouver

1601 Bayshore Drive
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6G 2V4
Toll-free888-383-4884
Phone604-633-6413

Prince of Whales has been sharing whale-watching & marine-wildlife experiences with the world for over 20 years! With year-round departures from Vancouver & Victoria, we have welcomed more than 250,000 guests to our local waters. Our floating classrooms provide an educational platform for guests interested in observing & learning about the unique behaviours of marine wildlife in their natural habitats.

From May to September our semi-covered cruiser departs daily from the Westin Bayshore Hotel in downtown Vancouver on one of Canada's designated Canadian Signature Experiences. Enjoy comfort, convenience, spectacular views, & expert guidance as you search for whales & marine mammals on your way to Victoria. Your day continues with an afternoon at The Butchart Gardens followed by scenic cruise behind Salt Spring Island on route to downtown Vancouver.

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Quails' Gate Estate Winery - West Kelowna

3303 Boucherie Rd
West Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Z 2H3
Toll-free800-420-9463
Phone250-769-4451

Quails' Gate Winery is nestled in the beautiful Okanagan Valley in the southern interior of BC. Owned & operated by the Stewart Family, pioneering horticulturists since the turn of the 20th century. We invite you to visit us daily, year-round in our wine shop or Old Vines Restaurant for a unique taste of the Okanagan.

As a member of the British Columbia Wine Institute, we are held to a high standard. The BC VQA designation is your assurance that the wine you're purchasing is 100% from BC & has met rigorous quality regulations.

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RJ Haney Heritage Village & Museum - Salmon Arm

751 Hwy 97B NE
Salmon Arm, British Columbia
V1E 4P7
Toll-free
Phone250-832-5243

R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum is the Shuswap's largest heritage attraction. Tour through the restored 1910 Haney House and explore the village, rich in history with 14 historical or replicated buildings. Discover interesting exhibits in the museum, the kids can pan for "Haney Gold" and visit the gift shop. Take a walk on our beautiful nature trails. Visit the heritage gardens. Marjorie's Tea Room offers a daily lunch special and homemade desserts.

Sure to be a highlight of your visit, reserve your seat at Villains and Vittles Dinner Theatre during July and August with shows, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday. A homestyle meal and play promises to delight audiences.

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