Growing Great Places Together

Milner Gardens & Woodland, British Columbia -
2024 National Special Attractions

Vancouver Island University’s Milner Gardens & Woodland is a 70-acre botanical oasis. Nestled between forest and sea, it leaves you with a sense of calmness and appreciation for the majesty of nature along with the artistry of horticultural vision. This picturesque woodland garden not only rejuvenates the soul, but teaches and inspires care for the natural world through community events, tourism, and impactful children’s education and volunteer programming. 

This historic estate features a wild English-style garden, buffered from the rest of the world by one of the last remaining stands of old-growth Coastal Douglas fir. Wander the winding woodland paths through towering Douglas firs, gently guiding you to an enchanting garden laden with rare species of Rhododendrons. Find treasures from the meaningfully curated collection of gifts and garden décor in our Pool House Gift Shop, immerse yourself in the unique history of the land and plants, and enjoy afternoon tea at the Camellia Tea Room inside the charming Milner House – complete with a grand view of the Salish Sea and coastal mountains.