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 VisitFee: No
Open Now: NoHours This Week:
- 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 – 5:00 PM
- Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Address: Allan Gardens Children's Conservatory, 19 Horticultural Ave, Toronto, ON M5A 2P2, Canada
Phone: (416) 392-7288
Official Website: 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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Ratedout of 5
A beautiful space inside the gardens (the walk ways are quite narrow though). My family and I go several times a year. The live turtle habitat in the tropical room is a nice touch. It's amazing that this city run space is free to the public! In the surrounding park you will find many homeless people drinking alcohol and smoking. They have never caused any problems when I have visited though.
Keith Stickwood - 21 days ago
Citizens of Toronto should be proud that their taxes go to maintain such a wonderful space. This is a true horticulturist heaven and great for taking photographs. Be aware that greenhouses can be a little warm so dress accordingly.
Pierre D'Souza - 30 days ago
Absolutely beautiful if you're into plants!! It wasn't too busy when we went so it was nice. It's free to go in which is amazing. I just love it here. Very beautiful and calming!
Nancy Nguyen - 1 month ago
I feel that Toronto should have more of this type of places. Great place for wedding photo (although you need a permit). Also a relaxing place to escape away from the fast pace DT environment. Only down side is because this place is like a greenhouse, it is quite warm and humid on hot days.
Ray Du - 1 month ago
Allan Gardens is like an urban sanctuary for me. You would have to be the worst photographer in the world to not get a good shot. I see people complaining about the cast of characters in the surrounding park: they are part of the experience. They don't bother anybody and it is *ahem* a PUBLIC park. I most recently went with some other moms and our children. The overzealous Viking-sized horticulturalist staffed there needs to take a chill pill or 10. She tried ordering a 5-year old out of the (take note) Allan Gardens CHILDREN'S CONSERVATORY for climbing on the railing. She was just generally disgruntled and giving attitude to everyone. There is an amazing play area for kids in the back where older kids can test their strength on some of the structures and younger kids can have fun making mud pies in the sandbox.
Umm Haneefah - 2 months ago