Vancouver : Queen Elizabeth Park & Bloedel Conservatory

Alright, so not exactly the most interesting of places this weekend but I suppose it is still a nice getaway from home.

Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth

The Queen Elizabeth Park is FREE and hence lots of tour buses full of tourists come here.  It is also close to the Canada Line, between King Edward and Oakridge and then taking bus 15 on Cambie (south if from Kind Edward, North if Oakridge).

Bloedel Conservatory
Bloedel Conservatory

Bloedel Conservatory is a paid attraction that houses plants and birds alike.  I think I’ve been in there once as a class trip… the souvenir shop is free though.

Update May 1, 2016 – Bloedel Conservatory.  For this visit, I actually visited the Bloedel Conservatory.  It houses many tropical plants and birds!

 

Admission was $6.75 and you are brought into the jungles of the amazons and other tropical and subtropical rain forests.

According to the website, there are 230 free flying birds inside the small dome.  There are larger birds that are often found sitting on the same area and there are smaller birds that flies just about everywhere.

The birds are also not afraid of humans.  However, there is a sign that says do you poke your selfie stick onto their faces … which means some people must have done it before ….

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The conservatory is not that big but it has attracted many people, even people taking wedding photos!

Queen Elizabeth Park
Queen Elizabeth Park – 2015 july 
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Queen Elizabeth Park – May 2016 

The highest place at the Queen Elizabeth Park (which is basically the entrance) has a gorgeous view of Vancouver downtown.

Birthday Pop Flowers
Birthday Pop Flowers

The park is probably much prettier during Spring when there are more varieties of flowers on the premise.  I did find these cute flowers.  The Park is spli into small quarry and large quarry.  This is the small quarry.

Seasons in the Park
Seasons in the Park

The park has a restaurant called Seasons in the Park, it’s great for brunch and fine dining.  I think I have .. never been there : https://www.vancouverdine.com/seasons-park/menus/brunch.

Kitty comes to the park too
Kitty comes to the park too

Hello Kitty makes an appearance at the Queen Elizabeth Park!  Picking flowers are not allowed at the park but we can pretend.

hello grassy land
hello grassy land

There hasn’t been rain in this city for some time now … the grass has since turned yellow.

There is a small path that connects the Small Quarry to the Large Quarry and it goes through a nicely shaded area with larger trees.

Trees
Trees

Queen Elizabeth Park was created in 1902 and spans 130 acres.  It was originally quarried for the rocks for the roads and eventually became a sunken garden … kind of like Butchart Garden in Victoria.

As I said, spring is the best time go to, even in May it is a bit late already … but at least the grass is still green.

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Large Quarry – May 2016
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Japanese Gardens – May 2016 
Park Grounds
Park Grounds – July 2015
Flower arrangements at Queen Elizabeth Park
Flower arrangements at Queen Elizabeth Park – July 2015

Early in the morning, visitors can see a lot of older people doing Tai Chi and Chinese traditional dances.

park grounds
park grounds

There is also a golf course, a disc course, and possibly Frisbee contests (we saw a whole bunch of people trying to throw a Frisbee into an object, seems like very serious stuff) ….

Kitty's back
Kitty’s back
flowers
flowers
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QE Park – May 2016 
park grounds
park grounds
park grounds
park grounds

park grounds
park grounds
one more look at the city
one more look at the city

The Park is quite big and includes lots of parking lots (albeit paid parking).  Nearby is also the Nat Bailey Stadium and a community center.

There is also a decorative water fountain out front .. just in front of the parking lot.

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May 2016

Out towards Cambie Street is a residential area, considered on the wealthy side.  If heading towards King Edward Station, there won’t be another commercial area until the skytrain.  However, nearby the skytrain are a few Chinese restaurants and I happen to like going to Corner 23, a Taiwanese BBT (Bubble tea)  place, famous for its pig trotters.  It reminded me of when I was Taiwan 😉  [Addy: 4008 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Y 2H5]

Pig Trotters
Pig Trotters

That was all for the weekend outing.

June 20, 2015 & May 1, 2016

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