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Japanese Garden Grand Reopening Ceremony

Japanese Garden in Esquimalt Gorge Park

teahouseGorge Park is located on the Gorge Waterway in historic Esquimalt, British Columbia. When the park was developed more than 100 years ago, a key attraction was the establishment of North America’s first Japanese Gardens. The Garden was originally designed by Isaburo Kishida in 1907. The Takata family operated a very successful Tea House in the gardens for many years. Sadly, few elements of this great Japanese garden remain today. The Township of Esquimalt has taken the first steps in recreating Canada’s oldest Japanese Garden, the original Takata Gardens. The refurbishing of the ornamental stream and the construction of a traditional Japanese bridge over it is now complete. A traditional Japanese entry gate is now being installed. These are small but very important steps in returning the spirit and soul of this important historical garden back to the community.

Japanese Garden Grand Reopening Ceremony
Esquimalt Gorge Park
Sunday October 25, 1pm
Come celebrate the return of this very special place.

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