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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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VanDusen Botanical Garden - Vancouver

5251 Oak St
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6M 4H1
Websitehttp://www.vandusengarden.org
Toll-free
Phone604-257-8335

Beautiful in every season, VanDusen Botanical Garden is internationally renowned & found just minutes from downtown Vancouver. This year-round garden allows you to experience plants from all over the world. More than 100 events take place in the Garden every year, including the Festival of Lights, an annual Christmas experience.

Make sure you plan time to visit our Garden Shop where there is always something new sprouting up in fashion, garden & lifestyle accessories. And if you find yourself in need of a delicious meal or light snack, we have two options - Shaughnessy Restaurant & Truffles Cafe.

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Victoria Butterfly Gardens - Brentwood Bay

1461 Benvenuto Ave
Brentwood Bay, British Columbia
V8M 1J5
Websitehttp://www.butterflygardens.com
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 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.

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CVS Sightseeing - Victoria

721 Government Street
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 2X2
Websitehttp://www.cvscruisevictoria.com
Toll-free877-578-5552
Phone250-386-8652

CVS Sightseeing offers multiple daily departures to world-famous Butchart Gardens & the very best in Deluxe City Sightseeing.

The Butchart Gardens tour includes a fully narrated 35 minute ride with interesting facts & history of the area. For city sightseeing, travel around in a seasonal Open air & Open Top Double Decker buses or enclosed bus during the winter months (90 minute tour) with live narration about the past, present & future of Victoria. The Hop-On, Hop-Off trip offers 5 unique stops (Chinatown, Craigdarroch Castle, Oak Bay Village, Cook Street Village & Beacon Hill Park) + locations like Mt. Tolmie & The University Of Victoria! We also offer other discounted add-ons to select attractions. Seasonal Holiday Tours also available!

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

Websitehttp://www.evtours.ca
Toll-free877-358-7374
Phone778-433-5357

Choose from a selection of wonderful EV Tours of Victoria BC and the Gulf Islands and select what you would like to see and do. Our private tours are customized just for you, your family, and friends. We pick you up at your door and you travel in comfort with a tour guide/driver in a new vehicle. Discover historical Victoria, the magic of Salt Spring Island, go wine tasting, or visit the world famous Butchart Gardens. Our personalized tours will suit your travel interests, pace, and schedule. Whether you are looking for seaside excursions, walking through gardens and historical buildings, an art tour, or artisan food markets and farms, 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
Websitehttp://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/canopywalkway
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

Manson's Landing
Cortes Island, British Columbia
V0P 1K0
Websitehttp://www.hollyhock.ca
Toll-free800-933-6339
Phone250-935-6576

For more than three decades, Hollyhock has offered guests an experience that sends them home transformed & inspired to engage in making the world better. Hollyhock is a non-profit centre offering cutting-edge programs with world-class instructors, a gathering place for pursuit of advanced knowledge & deep insights & the perfect place to "just be" amidst the kind of breathtaking island beauty that makes you remember why it's good to be alive. Yoga classes, bodywork sessions, kayak trips, forest hikes & amazing organic, gourmet meals await you. Guests are also welcome to visit without taking a program. Group bookings are also welcomed.

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London Heritage Farm - Richmond

6511 Dyke Rd
Richmond, British Columbia
V7E 3R3
Websitehttp://www.londonheritagefarm.ca
Toll-free
Phone604-271-5220

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

The Farmhouse has been fully restored & furnished to reflect life in Richmond during the 1880 to 1930 era. Rooms display the furniture, pictures, clothing, quilts & everyday articles of the era & many London family photographs hang throughout the house, giving you a glimpse into their history.

Owned by the City of Richmond & operated by the London Heritage Farm Society.

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Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre - New Denver

306 Josephine St
New Denver, British Columbia
V0G 1S0
Websitehttp://www.nikkeinewdenver.ca
Toll-free
Phone250-358-7288

The Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre (NIMC) is a National Historic Site dedicated to preserving and sharing 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 original buildings, period artifacts, interpretive displays, and Heiwa Teien (Peace) garden chronicle this extraordinary episode in Canadian history.

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Parksville Museum & Archives - Parksville

1245 E Island Hwy
Parksville, British Columbia
V9P 2E5
Websitehttp://www.parksvillemuseum.ca
Toll-free
Phone250-248-6966

Situated on the the beautiful grounds of Craig Heritage Park, the Parksville Museum & Archives is a gateway to the past. The museum is home to eight restored heritage buildings (including a turn-of-the-century schoolhouse & the town's original firehall) as well as hundreds of artifacts that help bring the past to life. The museum is also host to an extensive archival collection chronicling the lives of early pioneers in the area. With fun activities for all ages, including seniors & children, the Parksville Museum & Archives is a unique & exciting destination where the past comes alive!

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Point Ellice House - Victoria

2616 Pleasant St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8T 4V3
Websitehttp://www.pointellicehouse.ca
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 for $5. Admission to house & gardens is $6 (adults), $4 for students, $3 for those 6-12. Tea includes tour; $25 plus tax. Site available for wedding & other special event rentals.

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