VIU Milner Gardens and Woodland

Vancouver Island UniversityMilner Gardens
& Woodland

An Ancient Forest and Garden Oasis by the Sea

Milner Gardens & Woodland

Milner House

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Camellia Tea Room Sign

Camellia Tea Room

Located in the Drawing Room of historic Milner House.

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Welcome to Milner Gardens & Woodland

A seaside garden in Qualicum Beach on the east coast of Vancouver Island, BC - 28 hectares of unspoiled natural beauty perched on the edge of an oceanside bluff overlooking the Strait of Georgia and one of best attractions in Parksville Qualicum Beach.

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Milner Gardens and Forest

The Gardens and Forest

Unique Coastal Forest Estate

The 70 acre estate along the sheltered eastern shore is home to old growth Douglas firs and tall cedar trees in one of the few remaining Douglas-fir Biogeoclimatic zone forests of Vancouver Island. Take a woodland stroll to the Gardens to see the extensive collection of rare rhododendrons, visit a small orchard, berry and vegetable gardens.

Ray and Veronica at Milner House


The House, Camellia Tea Room and Milner Library

Fashioned after a Ceylonese tea plantation home, the 6,500 square foot Milner House was built in 1931. Enjoy freshly baked scones, served with preserves made from the fruits and berries grown at the estate in the Camellia Tea Room, or pull up a chair and read for a while in the library.



There are opportunities for people of all ages to learn at Milner Gardens!

From the Shoots with Roots children's program, Speaker Series and Community courses, there is something for everyone.

“One of the ten best public gardens in Canada!”
— Canadian Geographic Travel Magazine

“One of the Amazing Places in the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region.”
— Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region – ‘Amazing Places’

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