UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research

Guided Tours

Tours leave every hour on the hour from 10am to 4pm. Please arrive 15 minutes before your tour so that you have time to register and walk from our entrance to the walkway.

 

You can also visit the Canopy Walkway on your own, anytime from 10am to 4pm.


Greenheart Canopy Walkway

The Greenheart Canopy Walkway will spark your adventurous spirit as you navigate suspended walkways and tree platforms high above the forest floor.  Located in the heart of the UBC Botanical Garden, the 310m long tree top canopy walkway hangs from huge Douglas firs, Red cedars and Grand firs, many of which are over 100 years old. Reaching a height of nearly 20m above the forest floor, the walkway will give you a bird’s eye view of Vancouver’s magnificent coastal temperate rainforest.

You can traverse from platform to platform at your own pace or have a knowledgeable guide take you on a fascinating journey through the forest.  At the peak of your experience you will be 23m above the forest floor on a towering viewing platform from which you can take in the sights and sounds of the forest. 

Hours of operation and rates

Click here for hours of operation and rates. Tours are offered hourly from 10am to 4pm during operating months. If you wish, you are welcome to experience the walkway at your own pace. The walkway will be open between 10am and 4pm.

Tours are limited to 20 people. Please arrive early to reserve your spot otherwise you may have to wait until the next available hourly tour.

What is a canopy walkway?

A canopy walkway is an aerial trail system that allows people to journey through the upper parts of the forest, also known as the canopy. Its unique structure enables visitors to closely explore the flora and fauna that thrives in the lofty environment.

“Guests traverse bridges suspended around 50 feet in trees that are over a century old. This experience is an exciting and adventurous way to interact with nature and the forest.”–Brian McCarthy, Greenheart Guide.

Greenheart's approach is to provide access to the canopy with minimal impact on the trees or habitat. Unlike other tree top canopy walkway systems which are bolted into the trees, the Greenheart Canopy Walkway’s design and engineering does not damage the trees or the surrounding delicate ecosystem. Using an innovative cable tension system, the platforms are hung from the trees without the use of nails or bolts. With features such as the “Tree Hugger”cable system and “Kissing Bar” stabilizing device, it is easy to see how the walkway is a special addition to the forest landscape.

Guided Tours

Let one of our knowledgeable guides take you on a tour of the forest canopy. Learn about the diverse and unique eco-systems, sustainable eco-tourism, tree identification and First Nation’s culture and heritage. Learn how trees can be used as traditional medicines and how they are home to a multitude of woodland creatures such as the resident Bald Eagles, woodpeckers, hummingbirds and owls.

The tour operates on an hourly basis and usually takes approximately 45 minutes. The maximum group size is 20 persons. There is no extra charge for the tour, simply ask for details at the gatehouse. Group bookings can be made in advance. For more information please contact the gatehouse on 604-822-4208

Special Considerations

We want everybody to have a fun and memorable experience on the walkway. To ensure everyone’s safety and comfort we do insist on the following:

  • No open toe shoes (sandals, flip-flops etc) are allowed
  • Both hands must be free to hold onto the canopy guide ropes
  • Small children must be either able to walk on their own or be carried in an approved child backpack or carrier
  • Strollers, walkers or wheelchairs are not permitted on the walkway
  • No jumping or excessive swaying of the bridges is permitted

Greenheart Canopy Walkway Company

Greenheart Canopy Walkway Company (GCWC) is a Vancouver based company with a global portfolio. An industry leader in the design and construction of nature based walkways and eco attractions; GCCW has a proven track record for providing consultation, planning and construction services to numerous eco-attractions across the Central & South American continent and Africa. GCWC is leading the way in creating innovative strategies that support and protect nature through the development of non-invasive, sustainable eco-attractions.

The canopy walkway based in the Botanical Garden at UBC is the result of a successful collaborative process between UBC and Greenheart Canopy Walkway Company, a process now regularly used by GCWC on other international projects.

In addition to its nature based attractions, GCWC also specializes in the design and construction of adventure facilities such as zip-lines and high ropes courses.

For more information about Greenheart Canopy Walkway Company, please visit: www.greenheart.ca

“I loved the gardens and especially the Greenheart Canopy – just enough information to add to the exhilarating physical experience”

Lisa, San Francisco, CA, USA

 

“Fantastic! Especially loved the canopy walkway, hope to come back soon”

Marissa, San Francisco, CA, USA

 

“Loved the canopy walk – way better than Capilano!”

 

“The gardens are superb. The highlight was the canopy walkway – it was an outstanding experience! We recommend the walkway to all visitors to the gardens”

D & B, Burlington, ON





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