One of the attractions in an area called A Space for Life, the Montreal Botanical Garden is recognized as one of the top such gardens anywhere in the world. There is no question that these stunning gardens live up to that expectation.
The gardens are divided into about 30 different thematic gardens including the Chinese Garden, Japanese Garden, First Nations Garden and Alpine Garden. There are also 10 greenhouses and a huge arboretum to be explored. These beautiful gardens cover an area of 75 hectares and boast over 22000 varieties of plantlife. For anyone who is interested in botany these gardens are an absolute must see, although we can not imagine anyone not wanting to visit them.
The gardens which were founded in 1931 are a significant centre for the study of horticulture. Every February through April they feature the popular annual Butterflies Go Free exhibit in which 1000s of beautiful butterflys and moths are released inside one of the exhibition greenhouses.
Your admission to the gardens also includes entry to the fascinating Insectarium where you will learn amazing things about the world of insects. The largest collection of it's kind in North America with upwards of 160,000 specimens the Insectarium captivates visitors of all ages.
We recommend that you allow a minimum of 2 hours for your visit to the garden, however you could easily spend and entire day, especially if you have a strong interest in botany and plants.
Facts For Your VisitFee: Yes, however the outdoor gardens are free to explore from 6pm to nightfall during the summer and during all open hours for the balance of the year.
Currently ClosedHours This Week:
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Address: 4101 Rue Sherbrooke E, Montréal, QC H1X 2B2, Canada
Phone: (514) 868-3000
Official Website: Montreal Botanical Garden (Jardin Botanique de Montreal)
|Metro Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Line 1 - Green||Station Pie-IX||4 Minutes|
How to get to Montreal Botanical Garden (Jardin Botanique de Montreal) by Metro
By Metro: Take Metro Line 1 to Station Pie-IX and take the east exit and walk to your right (west) up Pie_IX Street to rue Sherbrooke Est and cross over to the garden entrance on the far side. There is also a BIXI bike station at the corner of Pie-IX and Sherbrooke Streets.
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Ratedout of 5
I loved this place but too big to see everything in one day! Especially if your GPS takes you to the Rosemont entrance! Free street parking there but I had to walk through the entire arboretum to get to the gardens. So be sure to go to the main entrance at 401 rue Sherbrooke Est. Those with more energy than me could also visit Olympic Park, just around the corner. Don't miss the new Chinese Gardens exhibit and the plants by the ponds in their natural habitats! Food was great at their restaurant also and provided a much needed break to sit and have a glass of wine with lunch!
Chelsea Drake - 14 days ago
There are so many different places to see in this garden! For taking pictures, I would recommend using the object/function if your camera has one to focus mainly on the flowers and nothing else. This garden has a poison place which I think is very unique because no other garden I've been to has something similar. Just be aware that you shouldn't touch those kinds of plants. The experience in this garden has been great! I would recommend going here if you are visiting in Montreal.
Kevin Song - 25 days ago
The best botanical Gardens I have ever visited. This place is huge and has more than something for everyone. You will need a good day to see everything here, as the trails seem to go on endlessly. I came here in Sept and the flower garden was still in colourful bloom. The greenhouses showcases lots of cacti and tropical plants. Amongst other sections, forests, old trees, kitchen garden, there's also the first nations forest, rock, grass, zen garden and most fun and popular of all the Chinese gardens. It's so colourful and playful with every corner a great photo opportunity. For the price it is well worth to spend an enjoyable day for all ages.
Hao Dam - 1 month ago
Had a fantastic visit in August 2018. Weather was beautiful so that helped. The garden is gigantic in size, has good signage and a cafe for a relaxing quick bite or a soft ice cream cone, served by friendly staff. What is truly amazing is the garden itself, or rather, gardens. There are several, organized by geographic region. The main parts are Indigenous, Japanese, and Chinese. The Japanese garden includes a bonsai exhibit and a tea House and traditional garden, with a friendly guide...stay on those stepping stones! The Chinese garden is probably most impressive, with several traditional temple buildings and a sky-blue pond, an ideal backdrop for photos and just enjoying the scenery. Make sure to allow yourself generous time to visit, don't rush through it. Just meander lazily, take it in, learn, and experience the setting.
A M - 2 months ago