Family riding the chairlift during summer
(Mount Washington Alpine Resort photo)




"One of the world's finest informal gardens," a member of Britain's prestigious Royal Trust said of the Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens, 15 minutes north of Courtenay.

Unique among BC gardens, this is a one-man labour of love that never fails to transport visitors far beyond expectations.

Kitty Coleman Gardens

Some 25,000 visitors per year to these gardens, include gardeners and nature lovers on pilgrimages, locals in search of oasis and beauty, painters and photographers pursuing images and wedding parties taking advantage of a gorgeous natural setting. Guided tours are available.

Founder Bryan Zimmerman

Surprise jumps out from behind 100 varieties of trees. Even founder Bryan Zimmerman found himself surprised as he went about transforming his 9.7ha/24a forest land into a stunning marriage of woodland garden, rhododendron garden, lake, ponds and rainforest.

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