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Bloedel Conservatory at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Park

Bloedel Conservatory and Fountain

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.

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. 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.

Bloedel Parrot at Christmas

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 Holiday Heights at Bloedel event, 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 fall of 2018:

  • Adults (ages 19 to 64) – $6.50
  • Seniors (ages 65) – $4.35
  • Youth (ages 13 to 18) – $4.35
  • Children (ages 4 to 12) – $3.15
  • Tots and Infants (ages 3 and under) – Free
  • VanDusen Garden Members – Free
Bloedel Conservatory at Christmas
Holiday Heights at Bloedel

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-2020 Vancouver Entertainment Book1 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!

TIP #3: Admission for children ages 12 and under is often free for much of March (i.e., during the school Spring Break).

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.

Boy's Christmas Silhouette at Bloedel
Fountain Lights at Night

Other Information

For more information on the Bloedel Conservatory, click the Bloedel and VanDusen Garden website.

For a list of other similar places to visit, click Vancouver Parks & Places in Nature.