Allan Gardens, one of the oldest parks in Toronto, first opened all the way back in 1858. The park is named after former Toronto mayor George William Allan who donated the land. Admission to the park is always free.
Allan Gardens features a conservatory and six greenhouses with an area of over 16000 square feet that showcase rare varieties of beautiful tropical plants from around the world. Featured in the centre is the domed 'Palm House' conservatory constructed in 1910. In the Palm House bamboo and banana trees tower above you.
The gardens feature special seasonal displays including an Easter Show, a Fall Show and, highlighting the year, the Christmas Show when the conservatory gets decorated and filled with flowering plants and 40 plus varieties of poinsettias.
The park grounds are populated with a variety of mature trees including sugar maples, red oak, black cherry and American beech. Most of the trees are 100 plus years old. If you love plants and flowers you shouldn't miss this beautiful oasis in the heart of the city.
Access to the park is easy via public transit. For detailed information about the park see their official website linked to below.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Allan GardensFee: No
May differ on holidays
- Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
- Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Address: 160 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M5A 2E5, Canada
Phone: (416) 392-7288
Official Website: Allan Gardens
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I can't find nicer words to explain how magical this place is! The staff is super helpful and really welcoming. Loved every second of this trip. Don't hesitate to pay Allan Gardens a visit. Nobody could stay stressed inside. Just sit by the bridge and watch the water-wheel and turtles forever. ❤️
Aayushi Shukla - 1 month ago
One of the most beautiful and special corners of Toronto! The Allan Garden Botanivo is a greenhouse garden with a diversity of incredible plants and flowers! It has two entrances: the first is access to the side of the church and in front of the playground, and the second is the entrance to the dog park area. The building is currently under renovation, so it is not possible to walk from end to end in the central part, but using the two entrances you can see a lot of species. It has an accessible entrance for wheelchair users and people with low physical mobility. The garden has a fountain with some carp and a second fountain with some turtles (be careful when walking, as they roam the garden). The tour is worth it and is free. Easy access from the College subway station.
Karen alves gaspar - 1 month ago
Beautiful garden! Such a nice breath of fresh air in the city. The plants were all so well taken care of and vibrant. The volunteer was so helpful, giving us directions and letting us know where to find the different plants. The highlight for us was the turtles. There were so many!! We spent a solid ten minutes just admiring them. Will definitely be back!
Fran O'Donnell - 3 months ago
Free indoor botanical gardens with different sections for different plants. I love coming here for a relaxing afternoon. Unfortunately their open hours are not that long. Currently some sections are under renovation, so much of it is closed. Overall very well maintained!
Eileen Lau - 3 months ago
It was a great hour spent in a very cute well maintained little garden. There were a lot of turtles and you could stay there and watch them forever. They stacked up and it was very interesting. There were a variety of plants and they were beautiful and worth the visit. The back park was filled with homeless people tho so maybe just stay out of that area.
Claire Tseng - 3 months ago
Accommodations near Allan Gardens:
|TTC Subway Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Bloor-Danforth Line||Sherbourne Station||1 MInute|
|Yonge-University-Spadina Line||Queen's Pk or College Station||1 MInute|
How to get to Allan Gardens by TTC Subway
From Sherbourne Station on the Bloor-Danforth Line take the #75 Sherbourne bus south to Sherbourne at Gerrard Street East. A path into the gardens starts at the northwest corner of the intersection.
From Queens Park or College Station on the Yonge-University-Spadina Line take the #506 Main Street Station streetcar east to Carleton Street at Jarvis Street. The gardens are just south on Jarvis. You can also skip the streetcar and walk to the garden from College Station in about 8 minutes.
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