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CHI­NESE GAR­DEN This Ming Dy­nasty–style gar­den is tucked away be­hind pro­tec­tive walls in the mid­dle of bustling Chi­na­town. The ar­chi­tec­ture, rocks, plants and wa­ter are care­fully com­bined in a serene, strik­ing set­ting. Guided tours, spe­cial events, gift shop

(year-round). Open daily. Rates vary with the sea­sons. Price in­cludes tour and tea. 578 Car­rall St. 604-6623207. www.van­cou­verchi­ne­segar­den .com Par­tial X Map 1: C7

QUEEN EL­IZ­A­BETH PARK A wind­ing road climbs the gen­tle slope of Lit­tle Moun­tain, through an arboretum, to the sum­mit and a panoramic view of Van­cou­ver. An early ex­am­ple of en­vi­ron­men­tal restora­tion, or­na­men­tal gar­dens full of rock­eries and wind­ing streams bloom in two re­claimed quar­ries. The Bloedel Con­ser­va­tory crowns the park next to the plaza, with a large wa­ter fea­ture, Henry Moore sculp­ture and a pavil­ion beloved of wed­ding par­ties and Tai Chi devo­tees (year-round). Pay park­ing. 33rd Ave. at Cambie St. In Van­cou­ver 311, out­side Van­cou­ver 604-873-7000. www.van­cou­ Par­tial X Map 4: E4

STAN­LEY PARK Van­cou­ver’s 400-ha (1,000-acre) park was named for Lord Stan­ley in 1888 when he was Gover­nor Gen­eral of Canada. Lo­cals and vis­i­tors get back to na­ture, walk­ing, bik­ing or blad­ing the 8.8-km (5.5-mi) sea­wall and tak­ing in spec­tac­u­lar scenery. Ma­jor park at­trac­tions in­clude the Van­cou­ver Aquar­ium, rose gar­den, totem poles, Lost La­goon and Si­wash Rock (year-round). Horse-drawn tours 604-681-5115 (to Nov 12). En­ter park via west end of Beach Ave., Nel­son St. or Ge­or­gia St. In Van­cou­ver 311, out­side Van­cou­ver 604-873-7000. www.van­cou­ Par­tial X Map 5

UBC BOTAN­I­CAL GAR­DEN Stroll through the 44-ha (110-acre) Main Gar­den to see alpine, Asian, medic­i­nal and culi­nary plants, and tow­er­ing BC coastal for­est trees. Open daily. $9, s/s $7, 5-12 $5, un­der 5 free, fam­ily $21 (year-round). Ni­tobe Memo­rial Gar­den (2 km/1.2 mi north) is an au­then­tic Ja­panese tea and stroll gar­den

(year-round). See for­est tree­tops on the sus­pended, 308-m-(1,010-ft-) long Green­heart Canopy Walk­way (to

Nov). Walk­way with ac­cess to gar­den $20, s/s $15, 5-12 $10, un­der 5 free, fam­ily $44. 6804 S.W. Marine Dr. Gar­den shop 604-822-4529. www. botan­i­cal­gar­ Par­tial X Map 4: E1 VANDUSEN BOTAN­I­CAL GAR­DEN This scenic 22-ha (55-acre) gar­den in the cen­tre of Van­cou­ver con­tains na­tive and ex­otic plants dis­played among rolling lawns, tranquil lakes and wood­lands. The El­iz­a­bethan hedge maze is fun for kids and adults. Large sculp­tures and foun­tains dot the gar­den (year-round). Open daily. Rates

vary with the sea­sons. 5251 Oak St. at 37th Ave. 604-878-9274. Shaugh­nessy Restau­rant 604-261-0011. www. van­dusen­gar­  Map 4: E3

VANIER PARK This 17-ha (42-acre) park houses a boat launch, H.R. MacMil­lan Space Cen­tre, Mu­seum of Van­cou­ver, Van­cou­ver Mar­itime Mu­seum and St. Roch, G.M. Southam Ob­ser­va­tory, City of Van­cou­ver Ar­chives and Van­cou­ver Academy of Mu­sic (year-round). 1000 Ch­est­nut St. In Van­cou­ver 311, out­side Van­cou­ver 604-873-7000. www.van­cou­ver Par­tial  Map 1: D3

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