Nestled in the heart of Vancouver—VanDusen Botanical Garden provides visitors with lush greenery and a chance to reconnect with Mother Nature.
The botanical garden boasts an abundance of spectacular scenery, including the classic Elizabethan Maze—which is said to be one of only six of its kind in North America.
The 55-acre botanical garden received its name from philanthropist and lumberman Whitford Julian VanDusen.
It has been a public garden since August 1975.
There has always been an immense fascination surrounding labyrinths and mazes since the beginning of history.
One of the most well-known labyrinths was located beneath the Palace of Knossos on the island of Crete.
Further mazes were created by the people of Northern Europe. It is said that it was in an effort to symbolize a difficult path in life or to simply just confuse evil spirits.
VanDusen’s Elizabethan Maze was created with 3,000 pyramidal cedars, with Thuja occidentalis ‘Fastigiata’ planted in the autumn of 1981.
The maze’s design and structure was inspired by 16th century England.
For those not looking to venture into the maze itself, there is an observation terrace located above it.
VanDusen hosts a wide variety of events throughout the year. Among these are an Easter egg hunt in the Elizabethan Maze and most noteworthy the Festival of Lights during the holiday season.
It is not only the perfect place to enjoy plant life in all of its forms, but the entire garden has endless photo opportunities.
In addition to the Elizabethan Maze, metro Vancouver is also home to another unique and green attraction. At the time of this article, Surrey, B.C. is currently home to the largest living wall in North America.
VanDusen’s Elizabethan Maze
- Location: 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
Location: VanDusen Botanical Garden