Queen Elizabeth Park
- Type: Parks and Gardens, Recreation
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Attracting more than 6 million visitors a year, Queen Elizabeth Park is one of Vancouver's most popular outdoor spaces (second only to Stanley Park). Spread out across nearly 130 acres, the park features a rose garden, a meticulously manicured quarry garden, and an arboretum with about 1,500 native and exotic trees. When you're not admiring the park's flora, head inside the Bloedel Conservatory to visit the fauna. The conservatory features more than 200 free-flying exotic birds, not to mention 500 tropical plants and three different climate zones. Step outside the conservatory and you'll spot the Dancing Waters fountain display, along with several sculptures scattered throughout the plaza. Since the park sits at the highest point in Vancouver, it offers spectacular views of the city skyline, mountains and shoreline from the fountain plaza.
If you don't have time to devote an entire day to touring Stanley Park, heed the advice of past visitors and make a stop here instead. "The relatively small size of it makes it great for short visits," noted one TripAdvisor user. Queen Elizabeth Park is located about 2 miles due south of downtown Vancouver. While you don't have to pay anything to get into the park, you will have to pay to park. From May 1 to September 30, you can expect to pay $3.25 CAD (about $2.95 USD) per hour or $11 CAD (about $10.05) per day; rates from October 1 to April 30 decrease to $2.25 CAD per hour (about $2 USD) and $6 CAD (about about $5.50 USD) per day. The park is also accessible via the Canada Line on the SkyTrain — the Oakridge-41st Avenue Station is within walking distance of the park.
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