While booking our trip to Vancouver all people could talk about is Stanley Park, and no one mentioned this hidden one.
Ever since visiting the Muttart Conservatory (a greenhouse in Edmonton, you can check it out on my Insta @fernwehwolf) I have been obsessed with the idea of visiting others around Canada. I mean half the time it’s snowing in Canada, or in Vancouver’s case, raining, so what better excuse to explore a tropical garden indoors?
The Bloedel Conservatory is hidden in Queen Elizabeth Park, nearly 30 minutes out of the way from any of the main Vancouver attractions which made it a ‘ho-hum’ decision to go to. But I’m glad we went for it. We took a cab since Vancouver doesn’t have Uber (mind blown). The cab driver didn’t seemed too concerned when he dropped us off at the edge of Queen Elizabeth park saying “It’s in there,” and then proceeded to ditch us in the rain of the side of the road. Luckily though it wasn’t too far of a walk, Van decided it was going to start raining earlier that day even though the previous week’s forecast was +28 and sunny. But that’s one of the things I love most about Vancouver, even the most outdoorsy city has fun things to do when it’s a monsoon outside (I’m being dramatic it was a sprinkle).
The admission was a modest $6.50 and guys.. there are tiny birds! If you watched my Insta Stories you would have seen me stalking them haha (Add me on Insta here!!)
I had no idea there were birds literally wandering around everywhere it was the cutest thing! There’s actually a sign that says “Please do not step on birds” and I had no idea what they were talking about till this dopey little bird started clucking through the bushes.
When you first walk in it seems a bit small, but that’s deceiving. There is plenty of space to wander around and you feel like you’re in that Jurassic Park bird cage except these birds are adorable and not trying to kill you.
I’m not sure why there are so many random birds moseying about but it was awesome. There was this little blue bird that literally had red circles on it’s cheeks making him look like some kawaii character.
Aaron and I had so much fun enjoying the little birds and escaping the rain. I know Vancouver’s weather can be iffy so if you ever find yourself stranded I would definitely recommend this! Since we needed to cab back to Robson St. downtown we were told to find this restaurant called Seasons in the Park which was also hidden in the park. Go figure. But when we found it it was so hard not to go inside and stay!
I’ve mentioned in a few posts that I like to go on real dates when Aaron and I are travelling and this couldn’t have been a more perfect place. After fiddling our thumbs debating if we were presentable enough to go inside, I took the lead and asked if we were allowed to just have some drinks. She smiled and said “Of course!” and all our panic was for nothing. We were seated in the patio area right beside the fire place which was so nice on the chilly June day. Aaron and I ordered a bottle of wine and got the vegetarian platter which had some nice munchies on it. In the distance you can see the Vancouver skyline and mountains which are so gorgeous.
We honestly stumbled into this place to use them to get us a cab but I’m really glad we decided to stay. It’s nice to find extra fancy restaurants that aren’t stuck up or pretentious.
While I was expecting rooftop pools and beaches for our trip this was a nice way to spend a day. When we booked our tickets to Vancouver we thought it was going to be sooo nice out so all we packed was our shorts and tank tops – it rained the whole time. But I’m really glad we decided to go here because I would have kicked myself if we didn’t, but it would have been so hard to drive 30 minutes on a nice summer day to get here.
This is going to sound so dumb and cliche but when you have one of those days that everything seems to work out you can’t help but fall in love with the city you’re in.
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