VanDusen Botanical Garden

It's probably impossible to believe from these photos, but the property that houses VanDusen Botanical Garden was a golf course until 1960. After the golf club moved to a different location, the City of Vancouver, the Vancouver Park Board, and the philanthropist (and garden's namesake), W.J. VanDusen, bought the property.

These groups then spent 15 years transforming the land from its birdie and bunker past into a 55 acre garden that's now home to hundreds of thousands of plants and 40 different botanical collections. We spent an hour gazing at peak fall colors, and only noticed its golf course lineage when we paused at the Great Lawn, where I could easily picture golfers teeing off.