Park & Tilford Gardens

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At 333 Brooksbank Avenue in North Vancouver lies Park and Tilford Shopping centre. In a quiet corner of that shopping centre is this absolute gem. Opened in 1969 by the CEO of Park and Tilford Distilleries as a gift to the people of North Vancouver it is now entirely maintained by private business and citizens. And it is beloved.

It may be easy to overlook if you’re dropping the kids off at the movie theatre or grocery shopping at Save-On-Foods but if you’re up in this part of North Vancouver or keen to go for a drive, it is definitely worth a wander. So grab a coffee from one of the cafés in the centre and head into this lovely little oasis in the corner. Stepping through the archway is like stepping into another world.

There are eight separate themed gardens in this beautiful space. The Colonade Garden, the Display Garden, the Herb Garden, the Native Garden, the Oriental Garden, the Rock Pool, the Rose Garden, and the White Garden. They all flow seamlessly into each other.

In the evening the gardens are softly lit and make for a relaxing/romantic walk. Many people book there special events here. At Christmas a fantastic display of holiday lights greets you.

Its close proximity to NorthShore Studios means it has also played host to numerous scenes in film and television. [Want to sit where Mulder sat when he received the digital tape in X-files: Anasazi? He was in the rose garden.]

Best of all just revel in the peace and beauty of this most wonderful gift.

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