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When we have guests come into town in the summer, and we want to show them the sights of Vancouver, one of the places we love to take them to is the Greenheart Treewalk at the UBC Botanical Garden. With Canada celebrating her 150th birthday we’re getting more visitors this year – we went twice this summer!
Free guided tours are available, the schedule in on their website, but we’ve always done it self-guided. Next time we’ll time it so we can join a tour.
Before You Get To The Treewalk
When you first enter the gardens, you are in the 14 hectare David C. Lam Asian Garden, a coastal native second-growth forest under-planted with Asian trees, shrubs, woody vines and evergreen and over 400 different species of rhododendrons.
Have a look around at the amazing variety of vines creeping up the trees.
Take your time walking this gorgeous forest path. You’ll find tags naming many of the imported species, as well as local ones. The entrance to the Greenheart Treewalk is protected by a gate with a code lock, the number will have been stamped on your map. It’s an easy incline up to the 308 meter (1010 ft) aerial trail system.
The canopy walkways of the Greenheart Treewalk are suspended between platforms in the trees, and they use a cable tension system that doesn’t damage the trees they are attached to and uses no nails or bolts. One of the platforms is a double decker so you can climb up even higher for a spectacular birds eye view of the forest.
Vivi was a little hesitant the first time we walked it, but by the end was loving it, and insisted on doing several more laps. Even my Mom who is not crazy about heights, did it 3 times.
The price of admission includes access to the entire UBC Botanical Garden with over 10,000 species of rare plants from around the world. You can also upgrade your entry fee to include the Nitobe Memorial Garden, a traditional Japanese Tea and Stroll garden located at UBC. Nitobe Garden is considered to be the one of the most authentic Japanese gardens in North America.
Plan Ahead For Your Trip To The Greenheart Treewalk
Plan ahead because visitors to the TreeWalk must wear proper footwear. No open-toed shoes (sandals, flip flops, etc.) will be allowed on the walkway. Small children must be able to walk themselves or be strapped into an approved child backpack or carrier, you aren’t allowed to carry them in your arms.