Vancouver’s UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research is a garden at the University of British Columbia that’s home to close to 12,000 plants.
On March 17th, 2020, the UBC Botanical Garden suspended operations due to the coronavirus.
Fortunately, the venue reopened in July with new safety measures. As of early August, the garden is only open from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Wednesdays to Sundays. Advanced reservations are required.
For more information about the reopening, see the Botanical Garden website.
To see what other places in Vancouver are open, see our article about Open and Reopening Places.
The UBC Botanical Garden
Founded in 1916, the UBC Botanical Garden encompasses 44 hectares (or 110 acres) and includes nearby Nitobe Memorial Garden, considered by many to be one of the best Japanese gardens outside Japan.
Other highlights of the UBC Botanical Garden include the Greenheart Canopy Walkway – a 300 plus-metre (1000+ feet) high aerial trail system, the David C. Lam Asian Garden, a BC Rainforest Garden and other beautiful garden areas.
Click Garden Map for a map of the site.
UBC Botanical Garden Location
The UBC Botanical Garden can be found on campus at the University of British Columbia at 6804 SW Marine Drive about 2 km south of the Museum of Anthropology.
The UBC Botanical Garden is open from mid-March until the end of October daily from 10:00 to 4:30 pm.
The cost is about $10 for adults for just the Botanical Garden, or up to $26, or $55 per family, for admission to all areas, including Nitobe Memorial Garden and the Greenheart Canopy Walkway, the latter of which is closed from November until the spring.
From the beginning of November until early to mid-March the garden is open from 10:00 until 4:30 pm and the cost is by donation, meaning that’s the best time to go if you’re on a budget, although the gardens then are not at their peak. Generous donations, however, are still greatly appreciated.
TIP: If you are interested in seeing the Museum of Anthropology, UBC Botanical Garden and Nitobe Memorial Garden, consider buying the UBC Gardens Pass and MOA Pass for about $27 per adult, or $65 for a family. Just don’t forget though that entrance to the Nitobe and UBC Botanical Gardens are by donation for about four months of the year.
Botanical Garden Events
A good time to visit the botanical gardens at UBC is during the Apple Festival which takes place each year on the weekend after Thanksgiving in October. Admission for the event is cheaper than the regular cost for the garden and the festival includes all kinds of entertainment and things to see, plus tons of apples to buy as part of the garden’s fundraising activities.
Mid-October to mid-November is when the gardens are at their peak of colour in the fall, which makes the Apple Festival an especially good time to visit.
For more information on the gardens, click the UBC Botanical Garden website.
For ideas on other things to do in the area check out our article about the University of British Columbia (which includes information about the Museum of Anthropology, Beaty Biodiversity Museum and other places of interest.