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Vancouver's Queen Elizabeth Park and Bloedel Conservatory: Fabulous Wedding Photo Site!

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver, Canada

Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver, Canada

Picturesque Park

The fabulous Queen Elizabeth Park and Bloedel Conservatory were first introduced to us 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.

Our vacation trip in 1989 had started in Seattle, Washington. My mother, niece, and I had spent one day away from Seattle sightseeing in the Bavarian-styled village of Leavenworth. After leaving Seattle and having spent two nights at the Inn at Semiahmoo and touring the San Juan Islands, we now were going to spend a glorious five days in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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 the year 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. See the photo below.

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, etc.

Bloedel Conservatory

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.

“All gardening is landscape painting,' said Alexander Pope.”

— Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

Bridal Parties Galore!

Bridal parties filled the park on our second visit. The photos that accompany 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 park. It was a happy day of photography taking place 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!

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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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2009 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 21, 2021:

Hi Sandra,

I hope that you not only get to travel to Vancouver someday but also get to take a tour of the city so that you know where you might wish to spend more of your time. That is how we discovered the beauty of Queen Elizabeth Park.

Sandra on February 20, 2021:

You make me want to travel to Canada, especially Vancouver. Thank you for this report.

Robert Sacchi on April 01, 2018:

That must really be a sight to behold. Thanks for the info.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 01, 2018:

Hi Robert,

According to Wikipedia the one in Paris is much larger and of course much older. The Cathedral in Montreal is now a Basilica.

Robert Sacchi on March 31, 2018:

In Montreal they also have a Notre Dame Cathedral. It is beautiful. I wonder how it compares to the Cathedral in France?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 31, 2018:

Hi again Robert,

That is what I have heard. It would be fun to have the experience of being in France by visiting Quebec instead. Much closer to our homeland!

Robert Sacchi on March 31, 2018:

The advantage of Quebec Province is since the official language is French it gives a European feel to the place.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 31, 2018:

Hi Robert,

Whenever we traveled to a new area of which we were unfamiliar we generally always took a tour. Then if we had the time we would go back to spend more time in areas that particularly interested us.

As to spending time in Canada I got to see the part of Canada around Niagra Falls with my family when I was a child. Then decades later 5 days in Vancouver and 3 on Vancouver Island pretty much wraps up my Canadian experiences to date. I would like to see more of it someday. Nice that you have gotten to visit Montreal and a part of Toronto.

Robert Sacchi on March 30, 2018:

That is probably the best way to go. I've been to Canada twice. Montreal and a suburb of Toronto.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 30, 2018:

Hi Robert,

I may have seen an Esso station but truthfully do not remember that. I probably did not even fill up my car with gasoline in Vancouver. Once we reached our hotel we walked everywhere or took tours.

Robert Sacchi on March 29, 2018:

Some more great pictures on your trip to the Northwest. Great information as well. The important thing with a trip to Canada. Did you see an Esso station?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 09, 2017:

Hi Jackie,

Obviously many brides and grooms choose to get married in this lovely park. Can't blame them! It is beautiful there.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on August 08, 2017:

Voted in your poll. This would be a beautiful place to visit...and get married!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 24, 2015:

Hi Nour,

Since you have been to Vancouver many times, perhaps next time you will make time to see this fabulous Queen Elizabeth Park.

Nour on August 28, 2013:

Oh, Sherry I love all these places you find. I've been to Vancouver many times on my vitiss to the Pacific Northwest, but never heard or gone to this place. Looks like I'm missing out. I love the greenery, especially in your photos. I'll for sure make a stop here the next time I'm up there, which will be really soon. I can't believe I missed this place, even if only just to see those duckies

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 28, 2013:

Hi Pati,

It can be a bit warmer inside the conservatory but it is well worth it to see it at least once. That Queen Elizabeth Park is amazing!

Pati on August 28, 2013:

To be honest, I never rllaey paid to go in the conservatory. I walk in there to go to the gift shop and hear how loud it is from the entrance, that I'm usually dissuaded. Plus, it can get very hot in there and I dislike the humidity. Although, to be fair, I have heard great things about the conservatory from others who did go inside. It might be worth a look. In fact, I'm going to make an effort to go in the next time I'm up here.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 10, 2012:

Hi Don,

The western part of Canada around Vancouver is just gorgeous! If you ever get a chance to visit it, I would heartily recommend it. Thanks for your comment, votes, star rating and the sharing of this Queen Elizabeth Park hub. Appreciate it!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 10, 2012:

Hi Alicia,

You are fortunate to live so close to be able to enjoy the Queen Elizabeth park and Bloedel Conservatory as often as you wish. We had never seen so many bridal parties in one place! Of course it is no wonder with the beauty of the place. It would make for great wedding photo backdrops. Thanks for your comment, 5 star rating and the share.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on July 09, 2012:

I have never been to that area of Canada but it looks very attractive. Voted up, beautiful, interesting 5 stars and shared.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 09, 2012:

Hi Mary,

We started that vacation trip in Seattle but then spent 5 days in Vancouver and another 3 on Vancouver Island. Great part of both countries...the U.S. and Canada. Thanks for your comment and the share.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on July 09, 2012:

This is a beautiful hub about a beautiful park and conservatory, Peggy. I love the photos and the videos. I enjoy visiting Queen Elizabeth Park, and seeing the brides in their gorgeous white dresses is a summer treat. I gave this hub a 5 star rating and will share it.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on July 09, 2012:

Hi Peggy W. What a traveling person you are! You just go everywhere. It's so much fun reading your Hubs that take us to different places. One of my daughters worked at Boeing in Seattle and I visited her and went on to Vancouver. I didn't know about this Queen Elizabeth Park; wish I had known. It is a beautiful place and your photos are great, too.

Thanks for sharing this with us. I voted this UP, and shared also.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 30, 2011:

Hello Joseph Hollick,

You were fortunate to find the Queen Elizabeth Park and Bloedel Conservatory in Vancouver uncrowded. It is spacious and can accommodate many visitors. It was rather fun getting to see all the many wedding parties getting their photos taken on the day we happened to visit. Thanks for the comment.

Joseph Hollick from Hamilton, ON Canada on January 29, 2011:

We found Queen Elizabeth Park to be a beautiful park to visit when we were in Vancouver two years ago. We went there later in the day (after seeing Stanley Park) and it actually was not crowded which surprised us as the park offered so many breathtaking views.

Enjoyed your Hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 05, 2010:

Hi Micky,

Glad you enjoyed this look at the Queen Elizabeth Park and Bloedel Conservatory as did we when visiting Vancouver in Canada those many years ago. My niece will appreciate that comment. Of course now she is a grown woman with a girl of her own that looks very much like her. Thanks for the comment.

Micky Dee on December 03, 2010:

Very BVeautiful and entertaining! You pick out great videos too. That niece is so pretty! God bless Peggy!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 24, 2010:

Hello ss sneh,

So happy to hear that you are enjoying the Queen Elizabeth Park & Bloedel Conservatory in Vancouver via this hub. Thanks for the comment.

ss sneh from the Incredible India! on June 24, 2010:

Hi! Fabulous! It's like I am having an online vacation in Canada! -- Thanks

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 28, 2009:

Hello again loveroflife,

Seems as though you are checking out my hubs on Canada. Are you planning a trip to Vancouver or the general area? If so, you will like the Queen Elizabeth Park & Bloedel Conservatory if you have time to do some sightseeing. It is a truly beautiful park. All those bridal photos tell the story!

loveroflife on September 27, 2009:

Queen Elizabeth Park is just one more reason to visit Vancouver.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 01, 2009:

What a wonderful compliment, Jimmy! Thank YOU!

Jimmy Fuentes from Rancho Cucamonga on June 01, 2009:

Hi Peggy. My mom doesn't fool around too much on the internet but I am going to have to forward your hubs to her or to get her on hubpages and make her a fan of yours. Beautiful pics. Thanks

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 27, 2009:

Hello Zollstock, Thanks for your additional comments. Am sure artists still love those places. Why wouldn't they? Great subject matter...

Zollstock from Germany originally, now loving the Pacific NW on May 27, 2009:

Thanks for bringing back some vivid memories, Peggy W! I've been to all the places you have described here and wanted to add to your description and images that Vancouver always strikes me as a big place with a small-town atmosphere and wonderful appreciation for subtle beauty. Queen Elizabeth Park and the Conservatory are no exceptions. I wonder if artists still flock to this place the way they did when I visited in 2002?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 17, 2009:

Hi kiran,

It may be "great" except for misspelling PICTORAL which of course is spelled PICTORIAL. A typo that I missed in rushing because of this 30 hubs in 30 day challenge. Now I am stuck with it because they do not allow editing of the title once published. You can be sure that I will carefully check my titles more closely after this!

Thanks for the comment.

kiran8 from Mangalore, India on May 17, 2009:

Great pics and details :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 16, 2009:

I obviously agree, Pete. Thanks for the comment.

Pete Maida on May 16, 2009:

Very pretty

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