Montreal Botanical Garden, Montreal

4.5
#2 of 509 in Parks in Quebec
Find yourself surrounded by 22,000 species of flora and fauna at Montreal Botanical Garden. Established in 1931, the expansive gardens offer a mix of botany and wildlife, with the insect exhibit taking a place of pride among a host of floral displays. You'll note bonsai and orchid exhibits as you stroll through the fragrant gardens. Reserve your tickets in advance to avoid having to queue at the entrance. Plan to visit Montreal Botanical Garden and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Montreal attractions using our Montreal trip planner .
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  • At first, I didn't see the point in going to the Botanical Garden the last weekend of October, but we decided to go anyway. As expected, the roses had already been pruned, the arboretum was closed for...  more »
  • A great place to visit even though it's a bit off the beaten path. Themed gardens like the Chinese and Japanese gardens are especially popular given their photogenic buildings and water features, Indi...  more »
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  • Nice botanical garden, a little pricey, but nice features and the butterfly exhibit is quite magical and worthy of note. During the summer you can amble about in the huge outdoor areas and the unique gardens are truly wonderful. Plan on wearing comfy shoes and burning some calories since the walking goes part and parcel.
  • I have been visiting the botanical gardens for most of life, and it's honestly a beautiful place to visit, no matter the season. My most recent trip was during the winter, but it still took us an hour or two to go through all of the greenhouse sections that they have. Beyond name plates near the plants, there are information signs throughout that explain the plants specific to the region (desert, rain forest/tropical, etc.), as well as information about how the plants are used. The green houses are mostly accessible in that there's one part of it that has stairs that lead to an observation space, but it is optional and does not impede visitors from moving forward. You may also be pleasantly surprised to see some small animals (mostly birds) in the green houses. For other seasons in the green houses, you can find carved and decorated pumpkins, or interact with butterflies. The animation/activities are open to all ages, though some may be more geared towards families/children. For the grounds, there are multiple themed gardens to explore: roses, local flora, Chinese garden (where the lantern displays are hosted in October/November), the Japanese garden, and the First Nations garden. There is also an arboretum at the far end of the grounds, and many walking paths of varying distances. Finally, the services and facilities: there are washrooms in the main building at the front entrance, some near the restaurant further into the grounds, and again at the arboretum. There are two main spaces that you can get food from, one is fuller meals, while the other is a counter for snacks. The souvenir shop has natural, local products (blueberry teas, soap bars, maple products), artisanal items, and information about gardening - as well as a section geared towards children. If you fancy growing your own garden, you can find plants in the shop's greenhouse. Suffice to say, I highly recommend this space, and will certainly be returning to the gardens.
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