Spring has finally sprung! We have been continuously looking for new places to explore around Vancouver until our next trip in April, to NYC. Spring Break was a great time to go somewhere we had heard of over and over again, but had not taken the time to visit: The Bloedel Conservatory. Located 500 feet (150 m) above sea level, you’ll be intrigued on your first sight of the dome. When you’re approaching the dome from the parking lot, as you get closer you’ll also be able to witness one of the best views of Vancouver.
The architecture is completely mind blowing. The conservatory is 140 feet in diameter, 70 feet high, and is made up of 1,490 plexiglass bubbles and 2,324 pieces of extruded aluminum tubing. There are 32 different shapes and sizes, but each bubble measures 9 inches in height. Even more impressive is that it contains 8 air circulating units and 24 mist sprayers to control temperature and humidity for 3 separate climatic zones inside the dome.
After visiting the Butterfly Gardens in Victoria last summer, we figured it would be a similar experience. It was very similar and we loved this experience at the Bloedel Conservatory just as much. It is a small place, but that definitely did not take away from the experience. With over 120 exotic birds and over 500 kinds of tropical plants inside the dome, we enjoyed wandering around and especially seeing how many different birds we could find. It was lovely to have birds singing, roaming and flying freely around you.
When you’re done inside, there is still plenty to explore outside with the fountains, gardens and sculptures around Queen Elizabeth Park.
All in all, we spent a couple hours between our time in the dome and a little wandering around Queen Elizabeth Park. It was only $6.50 per an adult, and during March their promotion allows two kids to go free per paying adult. Family friendly and budget friendly!
Take a look at some of the great sights we saw inside the Conservatory:
Note: We are not avid birders so we won’t even try to label the birds in the photos below; just enjoy all their beauty!
Once you get back outside, there is still plenty to see around Queen Elizabeth Park:
What are some great sights and experiences you have found when you play tourist in your hometown?