Milner Gardens & Woodland

There’s nowhere else quite like VIU's Milner Gardens & Woodland – a tranquil botanical retreat where a historic estate and wild, English-inspired garden are buffered from the rest of the world by one of the last remaining stands of old-growth Coastal Douglas fir. An oasis that rejuvenates the soul while educating about and inspiring care for the natural world. A charming woodland garden that meets the ocean, leaving you with a sense of calmness and appreciation for the majesty of nature along with the artistry of horticultural vision.

Begin your visit by forest bathing in the winding woodland trails through our towering Douglas fir forest, guiding you to ten acres of botanical garden laden with rare species of Rhododendrons. Find treasures from the meaningfully curated collection of gifts and garden decor in our Pool House Gift Shop and enjoy afternoon tea at the Camellia Tea Room inside the historic Milner House - complete with a grand view of the Salish Sea and coastal mountains.

Current Garden Hours of Operation: We are open for our annual dazzling light display, Milner Christmas Magic, on December 8th - 10th & 15th - 20th from 5pm - 8pm with viewing until 8:30pm.

Current Admission Rates: Entry to Milner Christmas Magic is by donation. Suggested donation amounts are $8/adult, $4/child or $20/household.

Current Camellia Tea Room Hours of Operation: Now closed for the 2023 season. We look forward to welcoming you back for tea in February 2024!

No reservations are needed during regular tea service, and large group bookings are not being accepted at this time. For more information on the Camellia Tea Room, please refer to our website:

Please note: Only certified service dogs are permitted on the grounds.

Refer to our events page to find out more about our upcoming events in the Gardens:

If you need more information about current operational hours and admission rates, please phone 250-752-6153 or visit our website: