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.
May differ on holidays
- 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 R. Sherbrooke E, Montréal, QC H1X 2B2, Canada
Phone: (514) 868-3000
Official Website: Montreal Botanical Garden
Ratedout of 5
Visiting the Montreal Botanical Gardens was an experience nothing short of magical. This expansive oasis in the heart of the city is a true testament to the beauty and diversity of nature. With meticulously maintained gardens, each area offers a unique and breathtaking view.
The diversity of plant life is astounding. From the tranquility of the Japanese Garden to the vibrant colors of the First Nations Garden, each section tells a different story, allowing visitors to travel the world through its flora. The Chinese Garden, with its traditional architecture, is particularly stunning, especially during the lantern festival.
I was impressed by the educational aspect as well. The gardens are not only about beauty but also about learning and conservation. Informational signs are placed thoughtfully throughout, offering insights into the various plants and their ecosystems.
What truly makes the Montreal Botanical Gardens stand out is its commitment to providing a serene, natural environment for both relaxation and education. It’s a perfect place for a leisurely walk, photography, or even a picnic.
The staff and volunteers are knowledgeable and passionate, enhancing the experience with their insights and care for the gardens. It’s clear they are dedicated to maintaining this as a special place for all who visit.
Whether you’re a local or a tourist, a nature lover or just looking for a peaceful retreat, the Montreal Botanical Gardens is a must-visit. It’s a place where one can lose themselves in the beauty of nature and find a moment of peace in the bustling city.
GL Francesco - a month ago
Huge botanical garden. Unfortunately we came here in late October where most of the plants were not blossoming. So the only interesting we see are in the greenhouse area. They do have quite a variety of plant species from all over the world. And I'm sure the place would have been beautiful during the warmer month. But we will have to come back and see it again for ourselves.
Michael Wu PhD - a month ago
Stunning! The pictures don’t do its justice. We went during summer and bought tickets prior to save yourself from standing in line. In the front gate they have bathrooms and little stands to by snacks and drinks. Be prepared to walk but absolutely a beautiful experience
Kmae - a month ago
My boyfriend and I recently attended the Night Light Show at the Botanical Garden of Montreal, and it was nothing short of magical. This annual event is a mesmerizing journey through different cultures illuminated by a stunning play of light and botanical wonders.
The beauty of the displays was absolutely breathtaking. It’s the perfect setting for a romantic evening, and we found ourselves completely enchanted by the ambiance.
One of the standout features of this experience is its affordability, making it accessible to a wide range of visitors. Additionally, the ample on-site parking is a rarity in Montreal and was greatly appreciated.
We also took the opportunity to explore the Botanical Garden before Night Fall, and it’s like wandering through an outdoor museum. This year, the focus was on Chinese and native cultures, accompanied by a quick history lesson about the indigenous nations that inhabited Quebec, especially Montreal, before colonization. The incorporation of chants, light shows, smoke effects, music, and special effects added a layer of depth to the experience.
I can’t recommend this event enough. It’s a truly unique and memorable way to spend an evening. Make sure to visit the garden before nightfall to fully appreciate the wonder that is the Night Light Show. Don’t miss out on this breathtaking experience! 🌌🌿🌟
Jade Gouin - 3 months ago
A fantastic Botanical garden we planned our trip around. The exhibits and plants were well maintained. Looking at the map the area of the park was massive but the gardens only seemed to utilize less than half the land. I am curious to see if they plan to expand the exhibits. We went in the fall so the rose garden and a few other plants were already gone. It's probably best to visit the gardens in May, June or July. All in all it was a great trip and if you are visiting Montreal I cannot recommend it enough.
Philip Yazbak - 3 months ago
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How to get to Montreal Botanical Garden 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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