The area of the gardens are 223,000 square meters. They were established in 1975. On land from the Canadian railroad company that was supposed to build large residential towers. After a protest by the residents of the area, and with generous donations by one of them, W. J. VanDusen, the railroad company changed its purpose and created the botanical gardens.
The VanDusen Botanical Gardens has combined over 8,000 species of plants, that were collected from many countries. There are 65 types of birds, and many lovely pools and marble statues. Each summer there are roses that bloom here, and in autumn the gardens are colored in a reddish-orange color, during spring Alpine roses bloom and thousands of daffodils
The variety of plants here is truly wonderful. There are many surprises from all corners of the world. You can see over 24 species of maples, huge Sequoia trees from Northern California, delicate lichens that were collected and today grow here, and flowers from the area of the Himalayas.
Another attraction not to be missed is the maze in the Elizabethan style. You can see more mazes around North America, but good luck getting out of them.