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The K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens

32 University Ave. | Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada
+1 902-585-1917
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Extraordinarily pleasant

A space with a difference. Comfortable,welcoming...what a treat to just sit and think or read in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
ScotiaHBM
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Wolfville, Canada
Gorgeous building with great bathrooms and seating areas

We are parents of a new Acadia Student. We greatly appreciated this building for its beauty and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Wendy N
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32 University Ave. | Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A space with a difference. Comfortable,welcoming...what a treat to just sit and think or read in such a pleasant environment.

Thank ScotiaHBM
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are parents of a new Acadia Student. We greatly appreciated this building for its beauty and serenity. On the main floor, they have comfortable leather seats that has a warm, open library feel to it. Downstairs, they have nice bathrooms. This is definitely a...More

Thank Wendy N
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

Lovely spot for a walk at the end of a long day. Grandparents shared their knowledge of the featured native plants with their adult grandkids. Lots of seating throughout to rest the older members of our group. Parking across the road in the university was...More

Thank 780cat
Reviewed 17 August 2017

The botanical gardens are a hidden gem -- an oasis of peace in the heart of the town. There are nice trails, lovely gardens, streams and bridges, ... You can also see the greenhouse and library. Beautiful architecture and decors. Hints: Check out the inside...More

1  Thank 448andyk
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

Beautiful building! Provides the perfect relaxing environment to study/curl up with a book! Especially with the fireplace in the winter! And if you are looking to be outdoors, the gardens are just as inviting!

Thank Lara T
Reviewed 16 August 2017

The tour of the botanical gardens was amazing. I never realized how much was being done here. I have been to Acadia University many times since this complex was opened but never toured it. This tour was one of the events at our Class's 50th...More

Thank caperlion
Reviewed 5 August 2017

This lovely spot is quiet and relaxing and, as other reviewers have mentioned, not heavy on flowers. For us, the real treasure was its Medicinal Garden. Its rows of native and nonnative plants offer a rare chance to see the plants that produce both familiar...More

Thank sammeeha
kcirvingcentre, Assistant to the Director at The K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2017

Thank you for your review, sammeeha. I'm glad that you enjoyed your experience in the gardens. I will be sure to pass along your suggestion regarding a book or online information about the medicinal plant uses.

Reviewed 1 August 2017 via mobile

This is part of the beautiful Acadian University campus and is free to visit. It's important that if you are expecting Gardens like say In Halifax or Montreal ..... you will be disappointed most likely. That's not to say that the gardens aren't beautiful -...More

Thank Ryan K
kcirvingcentre, Assistant to the Director at The K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

Thank you for your review Ryan K. Yes, the gardens are considered a natural, living museum of native plants in the Acadian Forest Region; the beauty is simple, natural, and tranquil. It is a perfect place to relax and unwind from your day while you...More

Reviewed 28 July 2017

Visiting the area with a few relatives. Beautiful, relaxing spot to walk around. Plenty of birds, bugs kept the little kids in our group happy.More

Thank JDTravelCanada
kcirvingcentre, Assistant to the Director at The K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

Thank you for your review JDTravelCanada. We welcome families to spend some time in the gardens connecting with the Acadian Forest Region flora and fauna. It is interesting to just sit and observe the sight and sounds of the various birds that inhabit the nine...More

Reviewed 27 July 2017

Lovely, peaceful walk. Lots of benches for those in need of a seat. Delightful walk, music of many birds. A great place to spend a tranquil hour.

1  Thank capmc
kcirvingcentre, Assistant to the Director at The K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2017

Thank you for your review capmc. So glad you enjoyed your 'quiet time' in the gardens. The songbirds are quite lovely to listen to when one pauses to observe the diversity of garden beauty. Hope that you can visit, again, soon.

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dianne w
24 February 2016|
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Response from Barry M | Reviewed this property |
The Centre is on the Acadia University campus. A short walk through Wolfville will bring you to the water and some interesting historic landmarks.
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Gladjack
1 October 2015|
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Response from bmackenz06 |
The K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre is open from 8am - 10pm Mon - Sun. The Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens is open daily from 8am - dusk.
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