Established in 1959, the University of Alberta Botanic Garden (Formerly Devonian Botanic Garden) is just 15-minutes from Edmonton. Be amazed by the wealth and diversity of nature at the stunning gardens– a must-visit for lovers of nature and beautiful things. With 80 acres of display gardens (and 110 additional acres of natural areas and ecological preserves), there’s tons to explore. Services include experienced staff familiar with working with groups, free parking, guided tram tours, an outdoor patio cafe and a charming gift shop. Numerous special events are held throughout the season, including the Kurimoto Japanese Garden Spring Festival, Date Nights, the Wild Mushroom Exposition and the annual Luminaria event, where thousands of candles light the pathways of the Japanese Garden in a breathtaking display.