The Bloedel Conservatory is the indoor glass-domed garden at Queen Elizabeth Park. It’s home to over 100 free-flying birds and thousands of exotic plants.
BLOEDEL CONSERVATORY REOPENS
Due to COVID-19, the Bloedel Conservatory was closed for a while in the spring of 2020. In early May the venue’s sister location, VanDusen Botanical Garden, resumed operations. The conservatory remained closed for a number of additional weeks, but then reopened in mid-July with new safety procedures.
Although open during the day, the Bloedel is not running its usual Christmas event this year because of COVID-19. Hopefully they’ll be able to offer that event again in 2021.
See the Bloedel Conservatory website for more information regarding the reopening.
To see more events and attractions that are open click Vancouver COVID-19 Updates.
Vancouver’s Bloedel Conservatory
The Bloedel Conservatory is a world-famous tropical garden.
Since its official opening in 1969 the indoor venue has been a popular attraction for both bird and plant lovers. That’s right, the place is over 50 years old! Hundreds of thousands of people visit each year.
The Bloedel Conservatory is an interesting place for both young children and adults. It’s also Vancouver’s best place for nature on a rainy day!
Today the heritage building is home to over a hundred uncaged birds and thousands of exotic plants (including 500 different species). Look around carefully and you’ll see all kinds of feathered creatures amongst the branches and leaves! Except for the large parrots, they can be hard to see, especially the tiny ones, but they are there.
TRIVIA: The building took more than one and a half years to build and close to 1500 pieces of plexiglas make up its giant bubble-like dome. The place is also home to over 500 different types of plants and more than 100 uncaged birds, ranging from macaws, parrots and even a pheasant. (Note: The birds can be hard to spot. Don’t expect to see them all on your visit. Also, don’t forget that getting pooped on by a bird is supposed to be good luck!)
Where is the Bloedel Conservatory?
The address for the conservatory is 4600 Cambie Street, but it’s actually on the top of Queen Elizabeth Park and so a fair ways from the main street.
The road up the hill to the conservatory can be accessed via Cambie Street, or via Midlothian Avenue which connects West 29th Avenue with East 33rd Avenue. The Seasons in the Park restaurant is actually just a very short walk away and its address is West 33rd Avenue. Close to both the restaurant and the conservatory is a large pay parking lot.
The Bloedel Conservatory is at the very top of Queen Elizabeth Park, which at around 150 metres in elevation is the highest point within the City of Vancouver. The views from just outside the conservatory are spectacular.
The closest SkyTrain stop is King Edward Station which is located at King Edward and Cambie. It’s about a 15-minute walk from the station to the Bloedel Conservatory (with a fair chunk of that being uphill).
Admission Times and Rates
The Bloedel Conservatory is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm every day of the year except for Christmas Day (when it’s closed), and until later in the evening during busier seasons including summer and Christmas.
Below are the venue’s regular hours of operation at various times of the year. (Note: Details are subject to change).
- January to March – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
- April – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
- May to August – 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
- September and October – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
- November and December – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
During the Christmas season the Bloedel Conservatory hosts its annual Festivale Tropicale at Bloedel event (formerly known as Holiday Heights), during which time the venue stays open until later in the evening.
Queen Elizabeth Park is free to explore, but the Bloedel Conservatory has a small admission price which helps offset its costs to operate. Below are the rates (excluding taxes) as of the late winter in 2020:
- Adults (ages 19 to 64) – $6.90
- Seniors (ages 65) – $4.70
- Youth (ages 13 to 18) – $4.70
- Children (ages 4 to 12) – $3.45
- Tots and Infants (ages 3 and under) – Free
- VanDusen Garden Members – Free
Tips and Advice
Below is some information to help you make the most out of your visit to the Bloedel Conservatory.
TIP #1: A special time to visit is at night in December during Holiday Heights at Bloedel when the place is lit up and has festive family-friendly activities. See Holiday Heights at Bloedel for more information.
TIP #2: Entertainment Coupon Books most years include a 2-for-1 coupon for the Bloedel Conservatory (as well as dozens of other local attractions). If you want to get in for extra cheap, don’t forget your coupon from the 2020 book!
TIP #3: Admission for children ages 12 and under is often free for much of March (i.e., during the school Spring Break). That’s not the case every year, but it has been most years recently.
TIP #4: Don’t just go to the Bloedel Conservatory and then leave right away. Explore other parts of Queen Elizabeth Park too. It’s a beautiful park, and most of its other areas are free!
TIP #5: After visiting the Bloedel Conservatory, take a stroll below, through the main gardens at Queen Elizabeth Park, or spoil yourself with dinner at nearby Seasons in the Park.
TIP #6: Check out the fountain lights at night. They are pretty year-round, but especially over the Christmas season.
For more information on the Bloedel Conservatory, click the Bloedel and VanDusen Garden website.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver Parks & Places in Nature
- City of Vancouver
- Vancouver’s Top 100 Places
- VanDusen Botanical Garden
- Vancouver Rainy Day Activities