Bloedel Conservatory: City of Vancouver
This past weekend I had the pleasure of visiting the Bloedel Conservatory. Located in Queen Elizabeth Park, despite it being the winter season, and the occasionally grey or rainy weather that can come with it, in the city of Vancouver, you are guaranteed to experience the magic of color and liveliness in this dome paradise!
You are greeted with a wave of warmth, and smells of luscious plants as you enter the dome. Accompanied by unique bird chirps from a variety of over 120 exotic birds. The front entry, has drinks you can purchase and entry fees of less than $10. The Bloedel Conservatory opened back in 1969, and was named after philanthropist Prentice Bloedel. Bloedel words at the opening were " to a better appreciation and understanding of the world of plants" and what a world of plants it has turned out to be with 500 species and some of the oldest plants being over 50 years of age. You may encounter some of the employees, as you are meandering through the paths, they offer up interesting facts and you can tell that they genuinely like being there and enjoy what they do. Which makes the experience all the more enjoyable.
The Dome sits at the highest location of Vancouver and the geographic center of the city. It's a photographers paradise, and a wonderful nature filled place to share with friends, family loved ones, or a solo relaxed stroll. If you are in the area and looking for something to do and experience, I highly recommend you pay the Bloedel Conservatory a visit. Until next time, Cheers!