Victoria, Canada, November 2, 2023

 Today at the International Garden Tourism Conference, in the spirit of the conference theme: “Seizing the Moment”, the recipients of the 2023 Garden Tourism Awards were announced. 

Gardens can be a significant component of a destination’s tourism offering!

Over 25 million people travel annually in North America to see gardens, and the global market of garden visitors exceeds 250 million. Research indicates that 46 per cent of garden visits result in an overnight stay, and the demographic of garden visitors includes all age cohorts. Destination British Columbia estimates the value of garden tourism in the Province of British Columbia alone exceeds $300 million annually.  Latest research in the UK show that Garden Tourism generates almost £3 billion of economic impact. Gardens not only have a significant economic impact but also enhance the tourist experience of a destination, while providing positive social and health benefits.

Garden Tourism Awards

The Garden Tourism Awards are presented to organizations and individuals who have distinguished themselves in the development and promotion of garden experiences as tourism attractions and motivators. The awards are proudly organized by the Canadian Garden Council with recipients being selected by a jury of garden tourism leaders and sponsored by Enterprise Canada.

The 2023 Canadian Garden Tourism Award winners are . . . 

The Canadian Garden Council is honoured to announce the following award recipients:

1.         Garden of the Year

            The Leaf at Assiniboine Park, Manitoba

2.         Garden Destination of the Year

            Niagara Falls, Ontario

3.         Garden Tourism Person of the Year

            Wanda & Darren Heimbecker, Ontario

4.         Garden Tourism Media Person of the Year

            Jenny Rhodenizer, Ontario

5.         Garden Festival of the Year:  

            International Garden Festival, Quebec

6.         Flower Festival of the Year:  

            Canadian Tulip Festival, Ontario

7.         Garden Event of the Year

            Twilight Picnics, Alberta

8.          Destination Garden Centre of the Year

            Parkland Nurseries and Garden centre, Alberta

9.         Garden Media of the Year

            Canada’s Local Gardener, Manitoba

10.       Achievement of the Year

            Diwan Pavilion – Aga Khan Garden, Alberta

            Sponsored by:  Enterprise Canada

11.       Lifetime Achievement

            Hélène Leclerc, Quebec

12.       Lifetime Achievement

            Ruby Swanson, Alberta

13.       Lifetime Achievement

            Harry Jongerden, Ontario

“In the spirit of highlighting Canada’s most dynamic garden experiences, we are honoured to announce the 2023 recipients of the ‘Top 10 Canadian Gardens Worth Travelling For’ Awards,” said Michel Gauthier, Executive Director of the Canadian Garden Council.


(in alphabetical order)

  1. Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
  2. International Peace Garden, Boissevain, Manitoba
  3. Jardin botanique de Montréal/Montréal Botanical Garden, Montréal, Québec
  4. Jardins de Métis – Reford Gardens, Métis, Québec
  5. Kingsbrae Garden, St. Andrews, New Brunswick
  6. Memorial University Botanical GardenSt. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
  7. Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, Lethbridge, Alberta 
  8. Royal Botanical Gardens, Hamilton, Ontario
  9. The Butchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia
  10. VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver, British Columbia