Bloedel Conservatory, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Cresting the hill in Queen Elizabeth Park, this balmy, triodetic domed conservatory is an ideal rainy day warm-up spot as well as Vancouver’s best-value attraction. Vancouver’s only ‘garden under glass’ features richly varied plant displays, free-flying tropical birds and colourful koifish. Open year round. Visitors to the Bloedel Conservatory will experience the second largest dome greenhouse in the world. The Conservatory, with more than 500 plants, is open daily, with an emphasis on exotic plants and birds, which fly past as visitors wander its circular, winding paths. For little more than the price of a latte, you’ll find tropical trees and plants bristling with hundreds of free-flying, bright-plumaged birds. Look for the resident parrots but also keep your eyes peeled for rainbow-hued Gouldian finches, shimmering African superb starlings and maybe even a sparkling Lady Amherst pheasant, snaking through the undergrowth. The attendants might even let you feed the smaller birds from a bowl. Visit Canada. Epic Canada Route © Monika Newbound

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