VIU Milner Gardens and Woodland

What we are

Welcome to Milner Gardens & Woodland... a seaside garden in Qualicum Beach on the east coast of Vancouver Island, BC and one of best attractions in Parksville·Qualicum Beach.

One of the Ten Best Public Gardens in Canada, Canadian Geographic Travel

One of the Seven Wonders of Oceanside (Parksville/Qualicum Beach)

Experience the magic of 28 hectares (70 acres) of unspoiled natural beauty perched on the edge of an oceanside bluff overlooking the Strait of Georgia.

Stroll the winding pathways and magical surroundings of an ancient coastal Douglas fir forest.

Find peace and tranquility as you meander 4 hectares (10 acres) of woodland gardens lined with rhododendron, cyclamen and trilliums.

Enjoy a traditional English tea service while you contemplate the history of the house where the Queen once stayed.

Veronica’s dream

This setting is like no other. Visited by Queen Elizabeth, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, the 60 acres of woodland, ten acres of garden surrounding a heritage house was the dream of one woman, Veronica Milner.

Veronica gathered plants from the temperate zones of the world, including a significant collection of Rhododendrons. It was her vision that created this incredible combination of garden and old growth forest.

Vancouver Island University

In 1996, Vancouver Island University (formerly Malaspina University-College) was gifted 42 acres, followed by a further gift of 28 acres in 1999. Milner Gardens & Woodland is supported by the Milner Gardens & Woodland Society and Vancouver Island University.

Come and stay awhile

Come and visit this special place. Walk the gardens and interpretive woodland trails, breathe the fresh ocean air, find a quiet resting spot and stay a while. Please see our list of open hours and days.

Tea is served

Afternoon tea service is held in historic Milner House from 1 to 4 pm, or you can visit the gift shop, have some refreshments or buy a special plant from the nursery.

Special occasions

Choose Milner Gardens & Woodland for that special wedding, gathering or meeting.