Groups & Tours

UBC Botanical Garden is a "green classroom"; a teaching resource used for students and teachers across the lower mainland from pre-school all the way up to post-secondary and beyond. With a vast array of living collections and green space present at the garden, teachers are able to incorporate classroom learning in plant taxonomy, horticulture, bryology, landscape design, conservation biology, agroecology, biogeography, and more via our educational garden tours.

Public Drop-In Tours - Summer 2015*

A great introduction to what you can see here at UBC Botanical Garden, all visitors are welcome to participate in a free (with paid admission) guided tour that gives a general overview of the Garden such as our Asian, Food and Physic gardens.  

Tours last approximately 60 minutes, and are held Fridays and Saturday 12:30 pm. Visitors are asked to meet at the ‘tour meeting spot’ located buy the picnic tables under the Bamboo leaf oak. 

Note: tours are of UBC Botancial Garden and leave from the gatehouse at the Garden's entrance. At this time we are not able to offer drop in tours of Nitobe Memorial Garden. 

* Due to group size limitations - groups on professionally-operated tours are asked to book a guided group tour for their group. 

• Pre-registration is not required.
• Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.
• Tours for groups are available by appointment only.

Greenheart Canopy Walkway Tours

Please note that Greenheart Canopy Walkway tours are offered on the hour from 10am to 4pm. You can also visit the Canopy Walkway on your own, anytime from 10am to 4pm. Between November 16th and March 14th the Greenheart Canopy Walkway is closed, except for pre-arranged group/school field trip bookings. 

Guided Group Tours

Groups are invited to join us for a paid guided tour - we are finalizing our pricing so please call us to confirm rates for your group (604.827.3907). To book a guided tour please email and our staff will be in touch. Minimum group size is 10 persons. Groups with fewer than 10 persons will be charged the minimum group size. For Groups with participants with mobility challenges we offer guided tours in electric visitor carts (only available in the summer months, not available in Nitobe Memorial Garden). Groups up to 5 or 10 can be accomodated in our two carts.
Between November 16th and March 14th the Greenheart Canopy Walkway is closed, except for pre-arranged field trip bookings.

Two weeks notice is required for all reservations. Reservations are based on guide availability.

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6804 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver, B.C., V6T 1Z4
Tel: 604.822.3928
Fax: 604.822.2016 Email:

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