We are a resource for classes focusing on environmental, science, and history studies. Our student Discovery Walk can be booked through our Group Services Department and printed off in advance of a visit.
Important: Before your visit, please read the Guidelines (pdf) for Student and Youth Groups that wish to visit The Gardens and ensure you share it with your chaperones. Please bring a signed copy and present upon arrival at our admissions gate.
All youth and children's groups wishing to visit The Gardens must email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-652-4422 (ext. 320) to arrange specific details prior to visit.
School teachers appreciate the enjoyable hands-on field trip supports the BC Ministry of Education Science Curriculum. Our student Discovery Walk is self-guided and designed for Grade 3-7 students as well as ESL students. The walk takes in four key areas: the Sunken Garden, the Totems, the Japanese Garden and the Italian Garden. The 1.5 hour program is available in both English and French.
The walks are free but admission to The Gardens is required and advance reservations are required. See rates. We offer one complimentary adult chaperone admission for each group of 10 students; any additional adults receive the group rate. Please note this program is not available on Firework Saturdays or Special Event days. To help plan your trip we’ve listed a number of services we offer:
Eligible groups can also receive transportation assistance through the Provincial Capital Commission.
Make your group visit even more memorable. Commercial tour operators should refer to our Travel Trade section. Wedding, party, meeting and event information is under Functions. We have a no smoking policy throughout The Gardens, however we do have two designated areas for smoking until January 6th. After this date The Gardens will be completely 100% smoke/vapour free.
Phone: 250-652-4422 (ext. 320)
Have your group experience our world renowned gardens and also enjoy a delicious meal at one of our restaurants. Menu options include:
Groups of 25 or more adults arriving by bus and paying in one lump sum are offered a lower rate. The bus driver and tour escort are admitted to The Gardens free of charge. Groups of youth or children require reservations please email email@example.com
If you are arranging a group or resident home registered with VIHA, please contact us regarding special pricing at least 24 hours before planned arrival. Special pricing is not available on Firework Saturdays or Special Event days. The gardens and restaurants are wheelchair accessible.