Aga Khan Garden, Alberta
The University of Alberta Botanic Garden is a stunning 97 hectare garden, with outdoor displays, indoor showhouses, and extensive natural areas. Highlights include the new Aga Khan Garden, a 4.8 hectare Mughal-inspired contemporary masterpiece. The Aga Khan Garden, completed in 2018, features secluded woodland paths, granite and limestone terraces, still pools that reflect the prairie sky, waterfalls and streams, along with 25,000 trees, shrubs and perennials. This is the northernmost Islamic garden in the world, and the largest on the continent. Other must-see features include the serene Kurimoto Japanese Garden, fascinating Indigenous Garden, alpine garden, exotic butterfly display, rose, peony, lilac and primula collections, trial beds, herb, fruits and vegetable gardens and much more. Services include a charming gift shop, outdoor patio cafe, and the "Bee Line", a hop-on, hop-off tram service around the Garden. Guided tours, family-friendly drop-in programming, numerous special events throughout the open season, including Date Night Thursdays, Opera al Fresco, Butterfly Day, Japanese Spring Festival, Wild Mushroom Exposition and more.A minimum 3 hours is recommended to fully enjoy the Garden. Open to visitors seasonally, May 1 through Thanksgiving, and for the spectacular winter Luminaria event the first weekend in December.