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The Most Stunning Botanical Garden in Every Province

After the long winter, treat yourself with a stroll through Canada's most impressive botanical gardens.

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Sunken Garden At The Butchart Gardens Botanical GardensPhoto: The Butchart Gardens

10 Must-See Botanical Gardens in Canada

When spring is in the air, there’s no better way to refresh your senses than by surrounding yourself with stunning flowers, shrubs and trees. These beautiful botanical gardens across Canada—one from each province—are the perfect place to immerse yourself in nature, and wonder at the miracle of the season’s new growth.

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Butchart Gardens Botanical GardensPhoto: The Butchart Gardens

The Butchart Gardens, Victoria, B.C.

It’s easy see why The Butchart Gardens attracts a million visitors every year. For more than a century, Canadians have flocked to view its outstanding floral displays, one of the premier attractions on Vancouver Island. Though open year-round, this National Historic Site really comes alive each spring when hundreds of thousands of bulbs begin to blossom on its bedding plants and flowering trees. With over 55 acres to explore, and a dining room that features a decadent afternoon tea, it’s easy to while away an entire day at Canada’s most famous botanical garden.

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Alberta's Nikka Yuko Garden Botanical GardensPhoto: Tourism Lethbridge

Nikka Yuko, Lethbridge, Alberta

You might not expect to find a traditional Japanese garden smack dab in the middle of the Prairies, but in fact, many Canadians of Japanese ancestry live in southern Alberta. In recognition of their contributions, Nikka Yuko was built in Lethbridge during Canada’s centennial. Translated, Nikka Yuko means “Japan-Canada friendship,” and this botanical garden expresses the merging of both cultures in a serene setting rich in symbolism. Upon entry, guests are greeted by hosts wearing traditional Japanese clothing, who’ll recommend the highlights of the garden, including a teahouse handcrafted in Kyoto, meticulously pruned trees and an abundance of water features.

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Government House Conservatory Botanical GardenPhoto: Tourism Saskatchewan

Edwardian Gardens at Government House, Regina, Saskatchewan

An oasis on the Prairies, thousands of pretty perennials, vibrant annuals and majestic trees dot the grounds of Regina’s Government House. Set on 7.5 acres, the Edwardian-style garden features an eye-popping array of tulips, fragrant lilies and a delightful rose display. Should the weather not co-operate, retreat into the Sylvia Fedoruk Conservatory for a botanical boost. Engage the kids with complimentary scavenger hunts catered by age group, so they can learn a thing or two about gardening as they burn off energy.

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Assiniboine Park Botanical GardenPhoto: Assiniboine Park Conservancy

Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Designed by Frederick G. Todd, Canada’s first registered landscape architect, Assiniboine Park—located just minutes from downtown Winnipeg—has a lot going for it, notably its gardens. You’ll feel worlds away from city stressors when wandering the winding paths of the park’s English Garden. Unlike most English gardens, which follow a regimented symmetry, the flowing layout of this one allows for a more casual connection to nature. Botanical beauty can also be found in the Leo Mol Sculpture Gardens, where the bronzed works of this Ukrainian-Canadian master sculptor are set amid flowering trees and water features.

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Niagara Parks Botanical GardensPhoto: Niagara Parks

Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, Ontario

Niagara Falls isn’t the only impressive bit of nature you’ll find in this lush pocket of southern Ontario. A 10-minute drive north of the Falls brings you to Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, 99 acres of meticulously maintained gardens and an impressive outdoor classroom for students at the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture. Themed displays of bedding are changed seasonally, but the big draw is the English estate-styled rose garden, featuring more than 2,400 roses. Visit in May or early June to experience the Centennial Lilac Garden, brimming with 200 fragrant varieties.

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Chinese Garden At Montreal Botanical GardenPhoto: Tourisme Montréal/Marie Deschene

Montréal Botanical Garden, Quebec

From a tropical rainforest to an alpine meadow to a First Nations garden, all corners of the globe are represented in this living museum of 22,000 plant species. Recognized as one of the world’s most bountiful botanical gardens, Montréal Botanical Garden prides itself on 10 exhibition greenhouses and 20 thematic gardens spread out over 75 hectares, just minutes from downtown Montréal. Stressed? Head to the Courtyard of Senses for a soothing stroll. Hankering to spot a specific species? Be sure to check the calendar of blooms for the latest seasonal sensation.

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New Brunswick Kingsbrae Botanical GardenPhoto: Jody Robbins

Kingsbrae Garden, St. Andrews, New Brunswick

The seaside town of St. Andrews boasts an intoxicating, colourful escape set upon 27 acres. Technically, Kingsbrae Garden is a horticultural garden and not a botanical one, as it focuses upon the art of plant management through themed displays. But as it is home to more than 50,000 perennials, an Acadian forest and a growing collection of award-winning sculptures, botanical garden fans will still get what they’re looking for here. An authentic Dutch windmill, petting zoo and several elaborate playhouses make it an ideal destination for families, too.

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Halifax Public Botanical Gardens