Located in Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Park, the highest point in the City of Vancouver, the Bloedel Conservatory is a triodetic dome that opened on December 6, 1969, and at the time was the second largest domed conservatory in the world.
The dome is 43m (140 ft) in diameter and 21m (71 ft) high at its centre. The triodentic dome allows for large ground space without the use of supporting columns.
Inside there are three distinct climates; tropical rainforest, sub-tropical forest, and desert. A path leads from the main entrance clockwise through lush gardens.
Some of the highlights along the tour include Japanese Koi, Green-winged Macaws, a Trumpet Tree, a cluster of golden butterfly palms, orchids, an African Gray parrot, a papaya tree and a candelabra cactus.
The Bloedel Conservatory is operated by the VanDusen Botanical Garden Association in partnership with the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation. The Conservatory is open year round.