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.
Open NowHours 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)Map of nearby accommodations:
|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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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.
Ashlea Potter-Powell - 1 day ago
PEACEFUL place. Being from Brazil, I can say that I was really nice to see plants and trees that are so common for us, but you don't actually have it here! I was even able to see some fruit trees that I even haven't seen for a while in Brazil. I want with a friend and his 1 year old daughter, and she loved it! I guess this is a place you'd enjoy taking your kids. Note: I went there on winter.
Fabrício Nunes - 13 days ago
The botanical garden of Montreal is great. You can visit all year long. Here are lots of photos opportunities and videos. Photographers come here to shoot weddings. This location is also really big. You can walk and admire the beauty of the place. Every year there are lots of activities for the whole family.
Rick Burgos - 20 days ago