Experience the colors and scents of the tropics year-round! Bloedel Conservatory is a domed lush paradise located in Queen Elizabeth Park atop the City of Vancouver's highest point. More than 120 free-flying exotic birds, 500 exotic plants and flowers thrive within its temperature-controlled environment. Constructed through a very generous donation from Prentice Bloedel, Bloedel was dedicated at its opening in 1969 "to a better appreciation and understanding of the world of plants."
Whether you are interested in beautifully colored birds, tropical forests and flowers, or the more subtle scents of a healing garden, Bloedel Conservatory offers something for every member of your family.
Wander among 200, colorful free flying birds! You will find red, blue and dwarf Macaws, African parrots, exotic Finches and Chinese pheasants at Bloedel. Don't be surprised if they answer when you say hello. Chatty parrots and 230 free-flying birds appear effortlessly at home in the exotic environment of Bloedel Conservatory. Handy bird guides and a children's scavenger hunt are available at the front desk.
Explore the tropical ecosystems! Bloedel Conservatory contains three different climate zones, and demonstrates the importance of habitat protection and plant conservation. Biodiversity greatly increases closer to the equator, and many of the world's most endangered ecosystems are found there. The first zone is the tropical rain forest. The tropical rain forest habitat is the most complex and diverse ecosystem on earth. One hectare of some rain forests have been found to contain more tree species than exist in all of Canada. next is the subtropical rain forest habitat with brighter light and less humidity is ideal for growing orchids. Banyan and fig trees are the perfect backdrop for these exotic blooms. Finally in the desert zone, humidity is kept low to simulate life in the desert. Succulents and cacti are the stars in this area of the Conservatory. Bloedel Conservatory offers a taste of each these ecosystems.
A healing garden engages the senses and the Bloedel Conservatory does just that. The most obvious of these is sight, but smell, touch, taste and auditory input can all be present. We gain positive effects on our emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, and social well being from being exposed to nature or horticultural activities.