Queen Elizabeth Park is the highest point within the City of Vancouver proper. Its 52 hectares (~130 acres) of park land are covered with flowers, gardens and trees.
Queen Elizabeth Park
The park is free, but you have to pay for the Conservatory which is full of birds and plants and might take you about 20 minutes to get through, depending on how interested you are in tropical plants.
The Park’s Location
Queen Elizabeth Park is located in Vancouver at 33rd Avenue and Cambie Street. It’s bordered by 29th and Midlothian Avenue to the north, 37th Avenue to the south and Ontario Street to the east.
The park is across the street from the Hillcrest Aquatic Centre (at 4575 Clancy Loranger Way) and Nat Bailey Stadium (where the Vancouver Canadians baseball team plays and where the Riley Park Farmers Market takes place). Queen Elizabeth Park is also just a few blocks from the King Edward SkyTrain Station.
About Queen Elizabeth Park
The best times to visit Queen Elizabeth Park are in the spring (for the flowers), the fall (for the autumn leaves), and the summer (when kids like to play in the fountain).
One of the highlights of the park, in addition to the Bloedel Conservatory and views of the city, are the Quarry Gardens. Similar in some ways to the famous Sunken Garden at Butchart Gardens in Victoria (which is BC’s capital city), Quarry Gardens at Queen Elizabeth Park are both beautiful and on the former site of a mining rock quarry.
Looking for a great place to get a fancy bite to eat? Then try Seasons in the Park, located right at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park. It’s a highly rated restaurant, and a wonderful place from which to enjoy the views – just be sure to ask the server for a table by the window.
Golf at Queen Elizabeth Park
The park also has a great little pitch and putt golf course. It’s a small 18-hole course with no element more than 330 feet in length (so good for beginners).
Tee times are on a first-come, first-served basis and hours of operation are from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm (weather permitting) from around the third weekend of March until the fall.
Rates for the pitch and putt course as of the spring of 2019 are the following:
- Adults (ages 19 to 64) – $14.25 per game or $77.50 for a monthly pass.
- Seniors (ages 65+) – $10.50 per game or $55.50 for a monthly pass.
- Youth (ages 18 and under) – $10.50 per game or $55.50 for a monthly pass.
Clubs can also be rented at the following rates:
- Putter – $2.00
- Wedge or Iron – $2.00
- Tee – $1.00
- Golf Ball – $2.00
Note: Last rentals are available at 3:00 pm and players are required to have at least two clubs including an iron and a putter.
Check out Queen Elizabeth Park Pitch & Putt for more details.
For a list of similar venues elsewhere in the Vancouver region, click Lower Mainland Pitch & Putt Golf Courses.
Tips and Advice
Below are some suggestions to help you make the most out of your visit to Queen Elizabeth Park.
TIP #1: You have to pay for parking within the park, but it’s not too expensive. There is free on-street parking down the hill though on Cambie Street and along West 29th Avenue and Midlothian Avenue by the northern end of the park.
TIP #2: If you go to Queen Elizabeth Park on a Saturday, check out the once-a-week Riley Park Farmers Market. It takes place pretty much year-round in either the parking lot of Nat Bailey Stadium (which is across the street from the north end of the park) or at Riley Park (which is just across the street from the stadium).
TIP #3: If you like parks and gardens you’ll like this one. It’s pretty all year-round, but especially in the late spring and fall.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Lower Mainland Parks and Places in Nature
- The City of Vancouver
- Metro Vancouver’s Top 100 Places
- Vancouver Festivals & Events
- Lower Mainland Golf Courses