The city's favorite green-thumbed tranquility break, this 22-hectare, 255,000-plant idyll is a web of paths weaving through many small, specialized gardens: the Rhododendron Walk blazes with color in spring, while the Korean Pavilion is a focal point for a fascinating Asian collection. Save time to get lost in the maze and look out for the herons and turtles that call the ponds here home. Check the online calendar for tours and events.
Pick up a free self-guided tour brochure from the front desk; there's a different theme each month. VanDusen is also one of Vancouver's top Christmastime destinations, complete with thousands of twinkling fairy lights illuminating the dormant plant life.