The Garden Tourism Awards are presented to organizations and individuals who have distinguished themselves in the development and promotion of garden experiences as tourism attractions and motivators. The awards are proudly organized by the Canadian Garden Council with recipients being selected by a jury and sponsored by Enterprise Canada in the International Garden Tourism Conference 2023.
In the spirit of highlighting Canada’s most dynamic garden experiences, here are the 2023 winners of the ‘Top 10 Canadian Gardens Worth Travelling For’ Awards”. (in alphabetical order)
Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens
In a beautiful setting overlooking a tidal river valley, the Historic Gardens is a premiere Nova Scotia attraction showcasing gardening methods, designs and materials representing more than four hundred years of local history.
International Peace Garden
The Peace Garden, with nearly 2400 acres of indoor and outdoor gardens, displays, hiking trails, scenic drives and a museum, has a unique rich history and dedication to peace. Acres of uninterrupted prairie, forests and radiant floral gardens are defined by nature, not borders.
Jardins de Métis - Reford Gardens
In the summer of 1926, Elsie Reford began converting her fishing camp on the Métis River into gardens. Located on the northern part of the Gaspé Peninsula, these are the northernmost gardens in eastern North America. A garden of legend, art and life.
It’s a “Scents and Sensitivity” Garden with a multi-award winning 27-acre horticultural masterpiece located in beautiful St. Andrews by-the-Sea, New Brunswick. The Garden features over 50,000 perennials in themed gardens, ponds, streams, old-growth Acadian forest, and more.
Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden
Nikka Yuko expresses the merging of Japanese and Canadian cultures in a garden rich in symbolism. .Each element of the Garden has been carefully chosen and maintained to bind the entire Garden together in perfect harmony.
Jardin Botanique de Montréal
Recognized as one of the world’s greatest botanical gardens, the Montreal Botanical Garden bolsters a collection of 20,000 taxa that includes hybrid species and cultivars, 5,300 of which are in greenhouses.
Memorial University Botanical Garden
Open from May-November, the garden has cultivated space featuring a number of beautiful themed gardens, and 3.5km of naturalized walking trails that meander through the boreal forest and around scenic Oxen Pond. A variety of events are offered.
Royal Botanical Gardens
It is Canada’s largest, with over 2,700 acres of gardens and nature sanctuary that spans Hamilton and Burlington Ontario. For over eight decades, The Royal Botanical Gardens have connected people to the plant world.
The Butchart Gardens
Over 119 years later ,the Butchart Gardens has grown to be a world-famous display garden, spreading over 55 acres (22ha) of the 130-acre estate. The Butchart Gardens are recognized as one of the Top 10 Gardens of the World.
VanDusen Botanical Garden
It is a 55-acre oasis in the heart of Vancouver with over 7,500 plant species and varieties from around the world! A great place to spot and photograph local wildlife, have fun at an Elizabethan hedge maze, and unwind in a serene setting.