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 NowHours This Week:
- Monday: 10:00 AM – 4:45 PM
- Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 4:45 PM
- Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 4:45 PM
- Thursday: 10:00 AM – 4:45 PM
- Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:45 PM
- Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:45 PM
- Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:45 PM
Address: 160 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M5A 2E5, Canada
Phone: (416) 392-7288
Official Website: Allan GardensMap of nearby accommodations:
|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
This is definitely one of my favourite place to go in winter. A bit crowded in the weekend but definitely worth the drive. They decorated the place based on the season as well, so it’s super great if you were to go with families. The plants are well maintained and looked after. Really nice garden!
Kelvin Lee - 8 days ago
In the middle of the barren, cold cityscape of Toronto lies a greenhouse full of colour. The Allen Garden Conservatory is full of different and colorful plants and flowers. A great place for a quick day trip or even a stroll. The plants and flora change from time to time, so it's always worth a rip over to see what is on display.
James Luo - 9 days ago
Beautiful winter escape! Much larger than I thought and the staff are so kind and knowledgeable. They will help you understand any of the plants. Highly recommend a short afternoon here if you haven’t visited yet!
Sabrina Silk - 10 days ago
I can’t say enough good things about Allan Gardens. This has got to be one of my favourite free places to go to in Toronto. I come here so often every season. It’s beautiful, well maintained, and a great peaceful spot to relax. The plants are in great shape and there is a nice variety of plants for different climates. I like that they hold many events here too. For kids, there is a pond with turtles in it that may interest them. Everything is beautifully arranged depending on the seasons. 10/10 would recommend to travellers and others. I wish the city had more of these around!
Amanda L - 1 month ago
I went here for the Winter Flower Show. I was impressed with the floral displays and decorations. There are benches throughout the conservatory to sit on. Although this place is technically accessible, a wheelchair would be hard to push through here. The washrooms were very clean. This place is worth a visit. It's free and so is the parking.
Laura Logronio - 1 month ago