The more I’ve explored Edmonton, the more I’ve realised that Edmonton actually has so many Instagrammable Spots to visit. The U of A Botanic Gardens, formerly known as the Devonian Gardens, is one of those must-visit attractions, perfectly photogenic, that I think locals and tourists would love. The newly finished 4.8 hectare Aga Khan Garden is particularly impressive and is where we spent most of time during our recent visit in last few Summer days, but next Summer I think we will have to return for a leisurely picnic.
Note: The University of Alberta Botanic Garden has closed its gates to visitors for the season from September 2, 2019, to allow for construction of a proposed new entry pavilion structure. The Garden will open for a few evenings in winter for the popular Luminaria event, December 6-8, 2019 and then re-open in Spring 2020.
How do you get to the U of A Gardens?
The U of A Gardens are located in Devon, just outside Edmonton, 40 minutes drive from Downtown Edmonton. Since they are located outside of city limits, a vehicle is required to get there. There is currently no public transportation options to the Garden.
If you are visiting the city without a car rental, you can take a taxi or Uber to the Edmonton Botanic Gardens.
- Location: 51227 AB-60, Parkland County, AB T7Y 1C5
- GPS: 53 24 30 N 113 45 43 W
We used the map on their website and checked their opening hours to plan our visit. Since we only had two hours, we prioritised most of our time to explore the Aga Khan Garden (new since 2018). But if you’ve got more time, you must include the Kurimoto Japanese Garden and the Indoor Showhouses (including the Tropical House with butterflies from around the world). There are also guided tours available as well as a tram that transports visitors between each garden.
There is lots of free parking available, but we did have to pay admission which varies depending on the time of year. Although it is up to $18 per adult, there are discounted prices for students, youth and seniors, plus a family package, all shown online.
Quick Tips for Visiting the Botanic Gardens:
- Bring comfortable shoes — there will be lots of walking.
- Bring your own water & snacks with, or purchase at the entrance.
- The area is mostly stroller accessible, but some areas are trickier.
- To save money on admission, there are half price admission dates listed on the website here.
Photos by Tracey Jazmin Photography.
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