Minter Gardens was Metro Vancouver's answer to
Victoria's Butchart Gardens. Not as large or as colourful, but, still,
quite a well-landscaped garden it was. And there was no need to take a
ferry - just drive from Vancouver on Highway 1 for about 1.5 hours, and
there you were. Alas, Minter Gardens closed for good on October 14,
1. To get to Minter Gardens from
Vancouver, you would have needed to take Highway 1 East for 115
kilometers to Exit 135. Here we are on Highway 1 East, and look at this
small plane heading our way. We thought for a moment it was going to land on the highway, but
instead it landed at the nearby Chilliwack Airport.
TransCanada Highway 1 East near Chilliwack BC Canada
TransCanada Highway 1 Exit 135 to Bridal Veil Falls, Agassiz, Harrison
Hot Springs, Minter Gardens
3. Several minutes later, you
would have arrived at a roundabout, where you would need to go West to reach
Minter Gardens. The green sign on the right side was pointing to that
BC Route 9 Near Rosedale BC and Minter Gardens
4. Once you started heading West,
you would be getting ready to turn left onto Bunker Road in less than a minute. Another
green sign was there to guide you.
5. A short while later, you were
entering a very spacious and picturesque Minter Gardens parking lot. The
exact address was 52892 Bunker Road, Rosedale BC, V0X 1X0.
Photo of Minter Gardens Parking Lot
6. Before you approached the
cashier, you could have observed the impressive landscaping near the Trillium
Picture of Trillium Restaurant at Minter Gardens near Chilliwack British
7. And here was the entrance. The
admission prices were as follows: Adult (19-64) $17, Senior (65+) $15,
Youth (13-18) $9.50, Child (6-12) $6.50, Tot (under 6) - free, Family (2
adults and up to 4 dependent youth under 18) - $38. There was a large
gift shop in this building as well.
Entrance to Minter Gardens
8. The view of Minter Gardens
right after you'd go past the entrance gate.
9. The cashier would give you a map
of the place. The easiest course of action was to start on the right side
and walk a loop.
Map of Minter Gardens
10. A visual representation of
the beginning and end of the loop.
Start and Finish of the Minter Gardens Walking Loop
11. Once you'd start walking up
the path, the name of the place appeared on the left side.
Minter Gardens Rosedale BC Canada
12. So, we took the path seen on
the right side of the photo #10, and went slightly uphill. Highway 1 was
running along the upper (North) side of the Gardens, and the traffic
noise grew louder the higher you went. There was also an occasional noise
from mini-tractors used by the landscaping crew. Our first featured
attraction was a peacock with a flower tail.
Minter Gardens Flower Peacock Statue
13. Then, we observed these
nicely trimmed fir trees.
Minter Gardens Fir Trees
14. Minter Gardens featured
several interesting statues, and one of them was this girl.
Girl Statue at Minter Gardens near Chilliwack BC Canada
15. She was deep in thoughts.
Minter Gardens Girl Statue
16. There was also a
mini-waterfall on premises.
Minter Gardens Waterfall
17. And a mini-brook too.
Minter Gardens Rosedale Province of British Columbia Canada
Here is our video of the brook:
18. Plus, a mini-mill?
Here is our video of the mini-mill
and the surrounding area: