Enjoy a relaxing stroll around the leafy paths and cultivated gardens of University of Alberta Botanic Garden, a verdant 97 ha (240 ac) expanse scattered with plant collections, indoor shophouses and an extensive nature trail system. Take your time to explore some of the many tranquil spots of natural beauty, including the Kurimoto Japanese Garden, the Tropical Shophouse complete with stunning exotic butterflies and Temperate and Arid Showhouses. Established in 1959, the gardens are also a research facility for the University of Alberta, who maintain the grounds and focus on conservation and environmental education. When you need to rest your feet, stop by the onsite Patio Cafe for a refreshment. Using our online itinerary creator, Devon attractions like University of Alberta Botanic Garden can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
University of Alberta Botanic Garden reviews
Because of Covid, the inside exhibits were all closed and when you walked around the out door exhibits many of the flowers were in bloom but many had past their flowering season and others were not... more »
Honestly, a bit disappointing. There are some gems in this garden, such as the Aga Khan Garden, and the Japanese Garden. However, for the most part it wasn't super interesting. We went in June right..... more »
As part of the Luminaria event, I have to say the gardens were pretty, but not spectacular. It is cheap for each ticket and I know it's the first year doing it, but there was so much potential to make this a mind-blowing event and it just fell short. The pathway with the hanging stars was beautiful, but it led to nothing expect one ice sculpture in a huge, empty garden. The other garden with all the candles was really pretty too, but again, there was room for so much more. Also I think a couple of food trucks would have been a great addition, even if it was just hot comfort food. I'd love to see what they can do again next year if they step up their game.
Our second time here but our first time at the repeat sold out event Luminaria. It was a perfect evening out to listen to carolers, stroll through candlelit pathways, sip on some hot apple cider, freeze at the ice sculptures to gaze at the stars and warming our hearts with the fire pits. It was also stroller friendly just as it was during like regular season. Definitely a small cute event to check out at least once.
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