Set within Queen Elizabeth Park, atop Vancouver’s highest point, is a little slice of the tropics that visitors can check out year-round.
Step inside the Bloedel Conservatory's magical dome, and soak up the scents and vibrant colors of the tropics. With multiple climate zones to explore, a multitude of plant life and birds to see, it's easy to lose yourself in this luscious space.
Although the conservatory has been around since 1969, it never gets old, and it's always a treat to visit.
Two green-winged macaws at the Bloedel Conservatory — Photo courtesy of Kyle Pearce
Inside the conservatory, 200 free-flying birds and vocal parrots call this space home. Visitors can expect to see red, blue and dwarf macaws, African parrots, exotic finches and Chinese pheasants.
If you're unfamiliar with each type of bird, grab a guide from the front desk and go on a bird-watching adventure.
When the birds need to take a break from flying, tropical forests and flowers offer plenty of solace and shelter. Inside the Bloedel Conservatory, there are three different climate zones that each offer something unique and interesting to see: the tropical rainforest habitat, the subtropical rainforest habitat and the desert zone.
The tropical rainforest habitat is nature's most complex and diverse ecosystem, and there's an incredibly abundant amount of different species found in this ecosystem. At the Bloedel Conservatory, you'll see a sample of these.
The Bloedel Conservatory lights up the evening night — Photo courtesy of Taz
The subtropical rainforest is less humid and has more light: orchids and fig trees thrive here! The desert zone's humidity levels are low, too, so that succulents and cacti can flourish. It's fascinating to see the differences between each zone!
Queen Elizabeth Park is quite large. To get to the conservatory, you'll want to go to the entrance off of 33rd Avenue between Cambie and Main Streets.
While you're at Queen Elizabeth Park, make sure to budget some extra time to explore the rest of the grounds. For something along a similar pace, visit the beautiful gardens and check out the public art pieces.
If you're ready to get in some action, there's tennis, lawn bowling, pitch and putt and basketball courts to get your heart rate up.
After a day of sightseeing and exploring, take a seat and enjoy a delicious meal at Seasons in the Park. On a clear day, the views of the city and mountains from here are spectacular.