I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).
The fabulous Queen Elizabeth Park and Bloedel Conservatory were first introduced to my mother, niece, and me on a city tour that we took while in Vancouver, Canada. We were to go back there another day to spend more time. These photos are a two-day compilation of our visit meandering the beautifully landscaped grounds.
What developed into this beautiful park started as a basalt quarry. The park is in honor of Queen Elizabeth, after a visit from her and King George VI in 1940.
Queen Elizabeth Park and the Bloedel Floral Conservatory are at 33rd Avenue & Cambie Street. The park consists of 130 acres (52.78 hectares) and sits at the highest elevation point in Vancouver, 501 feet above sea level. From that perspective, one can enjoy panoramic views of the entire City of Vancouver. The backdrop of the mountains is lovely.
Things you can do in the park include some of the following: picnicking, lawn bowling, tennis, tai chi, wading in the water park surrounding the domed conservatory, disc golf, and more.
Queen Elizabeth Park Photos
The Bloedel Conservatory consists of a lush tropical environment that includes over 100 free-flying birds, Koi fish, hundreds of species of tropical plants, and also it also has a desert climate with plants that would be appropriate to that clime.
After the introductory tour we took to acquaint ourselves with Vancouver, my mother, niece, and I decided that this was one place that we wanted to come back and spend more time enjoying the park and conservatory at a more leisurely pace.
Bloedel Conservatory Interior and Exterior Views
“All gardening is landscape painting,' said Alexander Pope.”
— Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking
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Bridal Parties Galore!
Bridal parties filled the park on our second visit. The photos accompanying this text were taken on our second day visiting Queen Elizabeth Park and Bloedel Conservatory. Having already seen the conservatory on our first visit, we spent more time walking around and sightseeing on the scenic park grounds.
This park is the second most visited park in Vancouver. Stanley Park is the most visited, but Queen Elizabeth Park must be the prime spot of all for bridal pictures. We counted at least 30 bridal parties and photographers taking photos that day! It was fun looking at all the brides in their white dresses and colorful accompanying bridesmaid dresses adorning the scenic backdrops in the park.
Scouting the park for the best photo backdrops would have been done in advance. The parties would have to take turns waiting for prime spots in the park, to open up and be available for photos. The numerous smiling faces of the many wedding parties seemed to be amicably enjoying the grounds. It was a happy day of photography for those families, and it was also a most pleasant interlude for us on this day in the beautiful park.
Anyone visiting Vancouver should make it a point to visit Queen Elizabeth Park and Bloedel Conservatory. Take your camera! You will not be disappointed!
More Park Photos
A garden must combine the poetic and the mysterious with a feeling of serenity and joy.
— Luis Barragan
Cherry Trees in Bloom in This Well-Photographed Video
Fall Colors in This Video
“The many great gardens of the world, of literature and poetry, of painting and music, of religion and architecture, all make the point as clear as possible: The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden. If you don't want paradise, you are not human; and if you are not human, you don't have a soul.”
— Sir Thomas More
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© 2009 Peggy Woods