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Japanese Gardens in Western Canada


The following list was complied by Kendall H Brown, a Professor of Asian Art History at California State University. His book "Quiet Beauty"  lists 75 important Japanese gardens in North America.  This list below includes only those in Western Canada.



Hatley Gardens, Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC

In the first decade of the 20th C. Isaburo Kishida created Japanese gardens around Victoria in Gorge Park (now Takata Japanese Gardens), Butchert Gardens, and for James Dunsmuir at

at his Harley Park Estate (now a college).  The triple arch bridge and waterside pavilions are highlights of this large pond garden.


Japanese Garden, Powlson Park, Vernon, BC

This stream and pond garden, featuring a small viewing arbour, was built in 1967 as a Canadian Centennial project. Like many gardens from the era, the ambitions of the garden's creators have not matched with the needed maintenance, and the garden is ready for restoration or renovation. 


Kasugai Japanese Garden, Kelowna, BC

This 3 acre sister city garden, dedicated in 1984, includes a pond garden with a waterfall, an iris marsh with an eight-planked bridge, a stone garden, and a meandering stream. Roy Tanaka, a local farmer, created the garden as a gift to the city.


Momiji Garden, Hastings Park, Vancouver, BC

Following UBC's Nitobe Garden, Japanese Gardens were created near Vancouver. In contrast to New Westminister's stroll garden, North Vancouver's stream garden, and Stevenson's dry garden, this lovely garden designed by Ken Nakajima in 1993 focuses on a pond, though a path leads through a delicate maple grove to a waterfall.


Nikka-Yuko Japanese Garden, Lethbridge, Alberta

This garden was built by the City of Lethbridge and District Japanese Garden Society as a monument to the contribution made to Canadian culture by Canadians of Japanese origin. The Garden covers 4 acres on the edge of Henderson Lake. It contains five basic areas (dry garden, mountain & waterfall, stream, ponds & islands, and flat prairie garden) joined by a meandering path. 


Nitobe Memorial Garden, UBC, Vancouver, BC

This is pond-style Shinto strolling garden was designed by Professor K. Mori and opened in 1960. It was renovated in 1994 into a more "Zen" interpretation, creating a more subdued appearance. Since then the gardens have been steeped in the focused debate of restoration vs renovation....or should gardens be more authentic or more beautiful?