Jardin Botanique is a must-see whenever my family visits Montreal. With some 75 hectares of brilliant flowers and colourful living sculptures, it’s an enchanting spot that invigorates and nourishes the soul with each and every visit.
This wonderful voyage offers visitors 10 greenhouses and 30 themed Montreal gardens, making it one of the largest botanical parks in the world. Tens of thousands of plant species are on display here in different themed formats, including Alpine, Chinese, medicinal plants, rainforests, monasteries, First Nations and poisonous plants. But that’s just a snapshot of what Jardin Botanique has in store for you.
Since 1931, Jardin Botanique has enthralled visitors with its scenic twists and turns. Nowadays, it’s open year-round and recognized as a National Historic Site of Canada. You need to smell it to believe, but plants like Araceae , begonias , bonsai and bromeliads , cycads, cacti and succulents, ferns, the Gesneriaceae, lilac, lotus, and the orchids are quite a multi-sensory experience.
Jardin Botanique is a lively spot too. The garden staff are always up to something special. In addition to limited special events and exhibits, the garden has consistent annual draws such as the Chinese “Magic Of Lanterns” festival, which illuminates the property with glowing decorations at night.
Other annual events include the spring maple syrup event and the fall pumpkin harvest display. In the greenhouse from late February through April, tonnes of butterflies fly around freely, accompanied by classical music.
Keep in mind that during peak season the gardens can get quite busy. It’s best to go with a nice and relaxed state of mind, meandering your way around the property. This is no place to get stressed out, so I’d suggest giving your party at least two hours to tour its way around.
Guided tours and food are available.
Admission to Jardin Boutique can be arranged on its own or in conjunction with its other neighbouring attractions, such as the Biodome, Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, the Insectarium and the Montreal Tower Olympic Park tour.
If you’re on a bit of a budget, and looking for a nice, affordable place to stay overnight, I’d highly recommend Hotel De Paris at:
901 rue Sherbrooke East, Montreal, Quebec H2L 1L3, Canada
4101 Rue Sherbrooke Est
514 872 1400
Adult/child $16/$8 Note that prices change based on season
9 a.m.-6 p.m. mid-May–early Sep, to 9 p.m. early Sep–Oct, to 5 p.m. Tue-Sun rest of the year