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Milner Gardens and Woodland

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Address: 2179 Island Hwy W, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia V9K 1G1, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 250-752-6153
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Vancouver Island University's Milner Gardens & Woodland is a magical...

Vancouver Island University's Milner Gardens & Woodland is a magical seaside retreat once reserved for royalty. Sheltered on three sides by old-growth forest, this one-of-a kind woodland estate rejuvenates the soul with its gardens and magnificent coastal views.

Enjoy the charming Camellia Tea Room after strolling the grounds and contemplate the history of the Gardens or fantasize about having them all to yourself.

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Looking forward to the Gardens in the spring

Christmas was just so special for all the family. What a tremendous job on all the lights, the inside decorations and the extra effort for all the kids. looking forward to next... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Qualicum Beach, Canada
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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Christmas was just so special for all the family. What a tremendous job on all the lights, the inside decorations and the extra effort for all the kids. looking forward to next year.

Thank willis20152015
Parksville, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am not sure how we did not discovery Milner Gardens before. If you have not taken the time to visit Milner Gardens Christmas Light show before, I would highly recommend you put this on your list for next year. The Christmas Light show will impress all members of your family regardless of their age. the walking trail is easy... More 

Thank Quinsam80
Vancouver Island, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thoroughly enjoyed the Christmas light up - our first visit. The woodland area is creatively lit as you walk through the forest. Laser lights make several areas on the pathway very magical. Cut up/recycled water bottles are put to a very creative use in one section. The Teddy Bear/miniature train house was fabulous; the children's reading room was beautifully decorated... More 

Thank Prairieschooner2
Winnipeg, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited here with family and a few wee ones. The lights are a fantasy; more animation would be appreciated; esp for the kids. Good improv at using things such as using clear water bottles for light fixtures; clever! Paths were quite muddy (wet). Mr & Mrs Santa were very good, taking plenty of time to converse with the kids; very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

A great way to get into theChristmas spirit! Lots of cute light displays, Santa on site, a teddy bear room and a couple quaint gift shops. You can stop for tea in the tea room or purchase other snacks and drinks. If you park on street a bit of a hike down and uphill mostly on way up. We didn't... More 

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Nanoose Bay, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

Milner Gardens has the most beautiful light display in their gardens in December. Every year is different and every year is a work of art made with love. If you are here in the summer the gardens are lovely to walk through and there is a tearoom where high tea is served every day. Delightful! You can purchase plants and... More 

Thank 259sharon
Qualicum Beach, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Make sure you walk all of the paths at Milner Gardens. There are gigantic Douglas Fir, one in particular where the visitor's vantage point is 1/3 the way up the tree, yes you will be awestruck at it's age and height. Most tree and shrubs are labeled which is always nice especially if you are lucky to have been at... More 

Thank Franny7Har
Maple Ridge
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

A delightful garden in the community of Qualicum. Known mainly for the Rhododendrons when in bloom it represents a true woodland garden. There is a quaint gift shop and a tea house on the property that offers a sense of a bygone era. A small nursery to purchase many of the plants that you see in the garden plus a... More 

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Love the gardens at any time of the year. Place of quietness and beauty. I visit frequently. Around every corner and overtime one sees something different...fall colour and the rustling of the leaves as they drift down, winter magic, spring blossoms, birds chirping, and the the masses of rhododendron blooms.

Thank juloct7580
Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

I love this garden, now managed by Vancouver Island University and staffed by loyal volunteers. The house and tea room are delightful; the plant nursery has some great deals; and the walk through the forest to get to the house is wonderful. There is a golf cart service for those who can't walk.

Thank Melissa A

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