In all my years of living in Metro Vancouver I have never made it to some of the city’s most advertised attractions. Grouse Mountain is probably the largest, followed by the Capilano Suspension Bridge, then the VanDusen Gardens.
Whitford Julian VanDusen was a lumber magnate who ended up on the board of MacMillan Bloedel until 1969. Being a philanthropist involved in things like the Vancouver Foundation, Van Dusen donated the purchase amount for the Shaughnessy Golf Course, now the VanDusen Botanical Gardens. [Vancouver History]
There are several annual festivals that take place in the gardens including special light displays at Christmas and monthly walks or family programs. Even though I’ve ignored it for so long, it’s definitely at the top of my ‘to see’ list in this town.