Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth Park is a 52 hectare (130 acre) public park in Vancouver, Canada.

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It is the second most visited park in Vancouver after Stanley Park. It is a 152 metres above sea level, making it the highest point in Vancouver, offering views over Vancouver towards the mountains on the North Shore.

During the early twentieth century the land was quarried for rock to build Vancouver’s first roads. The old quarries were later turned into sunken gardens. The park was dedicated by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (later known as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother) during their visit to Vancouver in 1939.

Within the beautifully maintained gardens there are redwoods, a rose garden, arboretum, and the ‘dancing waters’ fountain, which has 70 jets, which burst around 85,000 litres of recirculated water. The park is also home to the Bloedel Conservatory, a domed conservatory with exotic birds and tropical plants and flowers.

For sports and recreational enthusiasts there is a bank of 17 public tennis courts, three basketball courts, two outdoor roller hockey courts, the Vancouver Lawn Bowling Club, and the Queen Elizabeth Park Pitch & Putt golf course.

The park is located at Cambie Street and West 33rd Avenue. There are also entrances on Ontario Street and West 33rd Avenue, and West 37th Avenue between Columbia and Mackie Streets.

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Bloedel Conservatory

Bloedel Conservatory is an domed conservatory and aviary located at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver.

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Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park

In this temperature-controlled conservatory, which opened in 1969, there are more than 120 exotic birds and 500 tropical plants and flowers.

It is home to red, blue and gold, and dwarf macaws; African, Amazon, Eastern Rosella, and Eclectus parrots; a Sulphur Crested Cockatoo; and a variety of canaries, finches, pheasants, and waxbills.

There are laminated self-guided maps available with information on the various birds, tropical plants and flowers.

Bloedel Conservatory is located off 33rd Avenue, between Cambie and Main Streets. During the summer (May to August) the conservatory is open from 10am to 8pm, and in winter (September to April) from 10am to 5pm.

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