Elizabeth Park - Vancouver
The Sunken Garden
know, when I get married Iím gonna wear a long white dress with a band
of daisies in my hair and sparkly white shoes. Iíll be the prettiest
bride in the whole world. After the ceremony my husband (someone
rich and handsome) and I will get our wedding pictures taken at one of
the prettiest places Iíve know of Ė Queen Elizabeth Park. It has
the perfect spot for pictures: a small bridge with a waterfall behind it.
How romantic. Thereís also a sunken garden, which looks cool from
the top, especially when you imagine youíre Harry Potter swooping down
into it on his broomstick. My favourite place though is the Bloedel
Floral Conservatory Ė not because I love plants, but the birds in there
are really neat. They have some exotic ones Iíve never seen before.
Mom and Dad of course, like doing the boring stuff. I mean who wants to look at the picturesque viewóeven if you are 500 feet in the air and can see all of Vancouver, plus the North Shore mountains. Anyway, once you get past the viewing area, thereís still lots to do at Queen Elizabeth Park: pitch and putt golf, Frisbee golf, have a picnic, or do what Coleman likes to do Ė chase the ducks in the duck pond (which is a no-no).
Age group: Dad says you have to be at least 25 years old to go to Queen Elizabeth Park. He must be joking, because Iím 9 and Coleman is 3, and nobody has asked us for I.D.
Expense rating: If youíre looking for a cheap outing, Queen Elizabeth Park is the place to go. Itís absolutely, positively free except for the Bloedel Conservatory, which costs only $3.50 for adults and $1.65 for kids.
: If you like looking at gardens you should definitely go to Queen Elizabeth Park. We took my Momís aunt and uncle from Holland there and they said it was, in Dutch, ďprettigeĒ (that means beautiful). When you get bored of looking at flowers and shrubs, you can head over to the grassy slope facing Cambie Street and play tag or have a BBQ.
: My biggest beef with Queen Elizabeth Park is that itís a lookey-lou type of place. You canít just turn your kids loose in there. It has paths you need to stay on, and youíre not allowed to pick the flowers.
One other small problem that may not even be a problem in your family (but it was in ours) is that your parents may start to argue on the way home. I overhead Mom say, ďMaybe we should hire a gardener to clean up our mess.Ē Dad made the mistake of saying, ďWe donít need one Ė you have lots of time to do it.Ē You can pretty well guess the rest.
Details: You canít miss Queen Elizabeth Park if you go along Cambie Street. Just count the cross avenues until you get to 33 and youíll be there. The park and Bloedel Conservatory are open every day. If you have any questions phone 604-257-8584. The Bloedel Conservatory admission costs: adults $3.50, seniors $2.00, under 18 $1.65. The Conservatory is open daily from 10 am - 5:30 pm.
Season: I guess you could walk around the park in the winter, but it wouldnít be as pretty as the spring and summer. Plus, who wants to have a picnic in the rain.
Educational highlights: Dad told me that Queen Elizabeth Park is one the highest points in the city of Vancouver. Thatís why people call it Little Mountain, because itís 500 feet tall. According to Dad, Queen Elizabeth Park may even be an extinct volcano. Donít worry, itís not going to blow up while youíre on there because the volcano died a long time ago.
Fun for the adult?: For some weird reason most grown-ups like looking at gardens. I canít figure it out. Whatís the big deal about a garden sunken down a hill or a bunch of different coloured roses that smell nice? As Mom says, ďMaybe youíre not old enough to appreciate the beauty of Queen Elizabeth Park.Ē Sheís probably right. I need to get married first.
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