Constructed as a noticeable dome with an open view structured and panelled windows, the Bloedel Conservatory sits as a botanical gem in Vancouver, Canada’s jurisdiction and city limits. The Conservatory itself is a living environment stock full of over 120 exotic birds, all allowed to fly and live openly within the complex and over 500 different and unique exotic flora. Because the complex is temperature-controlled, the Conservatory can provide City residents and visitors with a singular experience in exotic bird and plant life otherwise not possible in the Northern Hemisphere that Vancouver sits in geographically.
The original Bloedel Conservatory started as a donation in 1969 to increase botany and exotic plants’ general public education. The facility is currently a City-run operation managed between a partnership, including the Vancouver Botanical Garden Association and the Vancouver Park Board.
As a Conservatory open to the public, the Bloedel complex provides a great location to take kids to and for family outings with multiple generations included. Note that the temperature inside the Conservatory tends to be warmer than usual and humid, being necessary to protect the plants and birds inside. It can seem like quite a shock for a visitor, especially during the warm months. So, visitors should dress appropriately to adjust indoors.
Inside, visitors will find plenty of locations to enjoy the surroundings, both for standing, walking, and sitting and observing for a while. Many local visitors tend to come back repeatedly because the Conservatory’s environment is such an experience different from the rest of Vancouver. The location also sits at Vancouver City’s highest point, so outside the Conservatory offers a panoramic view of the greater area.
The latest park operations are adjusted for COVID-19 needs but open to the public. Tickets can be purchased online, and all visits need to be scheduled in advance to allow staff to plan for audience flow and population admission within the current health restrictions.