VanDusen Botanical Garden's reopening tickets now on sale

Apr 29 2020, 3:50 pm

The first major attraction to reopen in Metro Vancouver will be VanDusen Botanical Garden, which is slated to welcome visitors beginning this Friday, May 1.

But there will be major restrictions in its operation, as walk-ins will not be permitted — all visitors must purchase tickets online and arrive at their designated entry times.

Capacity will be restricted to 30 people per session, with 10 spots for members and 20 spots for the general public.

On weekdays, the garden will be open to only members from 9 am to 10 am, and to both the general public and members from 10 am to 7 pm. Weekend operating hours for both the general public and members are set at between 9 am and 7 pm.

VanDusen staff say this first-come, first-served online reservation system will allow them to monitor garden capacity, and reduce the interaction between staff and visitors.

Additionally, physical distancing measures of two metres are being implemented, along with enhanced cleaning for the Visitor Centre washrooms and the usage of two portable washrooms with hand sanitizer and hand-washing stations.

There will be a temporary suspension of rental viewings, elopements, and photoshoots. The gift shop, Truffles Cafe, and the Floral Hall will remain closed.

VanDusen has been closed since March 16.

In addition, this weekend, Fraserview and McCleery golf courses, owned and operated by the Vancouver Park Board, will also reopen under new restrictions.