Top 5 botanical gardens in Canada
Tour these majestic Canadian garden spaces and get in touch with nature
Nothing soothes the soul quite like strolling through a garden. Research shows that exposure to plant life can lead to a number of health benefits, and an overall sense of wellbeing - so why not incorporate that into your next camping trip?
Whether you're a botanical aficionado or just enjoy attractive outdoor spaces, it's well worth paying a visit to one of these Canadian garden attractions.
Open year-round, with events and special sights to see in every season, Victoria's Butchart Gardens are impressive to say the least. You can find this sprawling property 25 minutes north of the city, in the community of Brentwood Bay.
By day, you can peruse a number of themed gardens, enjoy a fine dining experience or grab a light lunch, shop for souvenirs and get enviable photos of sculptures and creatively designed spaces.
By night, you can come to walk along softly lit pathways, to experience the garden in a whole different way. Musical performances and special events are held here on a regular basis (be sure to catch the summer fireworks shows), so keep checking the website for calendar updates.
For more information, check out this article about Butchart Gardens.
For more information, check out this article about VanDusen Garden.
With tram and walking tours available, the University of Alberta's Botanic Garden (once known as the Devonian Botanic Garden) is another great choice. It has modernn architecture, and more aspects are always being added (the Tropical Plant and Butterfly House is a popular favourite).
The garden is open until dusk on Thursdays in summer (June through August), with a different theme being featured each week. Past events have included garden games, craft beer sampling, dance lessons and other fun activities.