Montreal Botanical Garden, Montreal

4.5
#2 of 38 in Parks in Montreal
Find yourself surrounded by 22,000 species of flora and fauna at Montreal Botanical Garden. Established in 1931, the expansive gardens offer a mix of botany and wildlife, with the insect exhibit taking a place of pride among a host of floral displays. You'll note bonsai and orchid exhibits as you stroll through the fragrant gardens. Reserve your tickets in advance to avoid having to queue at the entrance. Plan to visit Montreal Botanical Garden and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Montreal attractions using our Montreal trip planner .
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  • A great place to spend a few hours on a sunny day. Easy to get to by metro. Lots to see although there was quite a bit of work going on whilst we were there. The onsite restaurant was good value for m...  more »
  • The place is accessible by public transport and is located next to the Olympic venues of the city so it is convenient. The garden itself is separated by vegetation types: typical china, Japanese, alpina, shaded forests, forests, fruits, poisonous plants and edible plants... There is also an exhibition of Chinese lights at night during the summer. And with entry apart the Insectarium you can also visit inside. Every spring mounted very nature-related art installations. Many times it's figures made from vegetation in large sizes.
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  • Beautiful gardens. We started our tour in the more informal areas but I much preferred the more formal feel of the vegetable and herb gardens. Seeing a fox in one of the rock garden areas was a cool e...  more »
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  • Second year in a row that we are going to visit the "butterflies go free" exhibition. This time with our 16month old son. It was a great family outing. But thinking we could skip on crowds we decided to go on a week day in the final week of the exhibition and boy was I wrong.. there were so many classes and schools there that day. I regret not bringing a baby carrier instead of the stroller. But the insectarium and the Botanical Garden were really nice. Very well maintained and very friendly staff. Will go again next year!
  • Butterfly exhibit was packed when we went, but still enjoyable. We especially liked trying to find all the butterflies identified in the pamphlet, it was like I Spy. Kids may have a hard time getting a good view of there are as many adults around as when we went; definitely try and avoid bringing in a stroller if you don't have to. It's accessible, just get tight on space. As for the rest of the greenhouse, it's well organized and you'll see everything if you keep to the path (you go through one side of each greenhouse and see the other side when you turn around at the end and loop back). They put a lot of effort into cultivating an atmosphere/setting for each greenhouse section, we appreciated the decorations. Be prepared for temperature differences between sections; some are 11C, others 24C. If you're moving at a regular peace you probably won't mind, but if you're going at a toddler's pace, taking plenty of photos or studying the plants in depth, you may want to wear layers or have a scarf or something around. It took us 1.5-2h per side (you enter the centre of the greenhouse and can either go down the left or the right). Pack a snack.
  • Beautiful place! I could have stayed here for many hours. I ended up staying for about three and didn't make it to every exhibit. The gardens offer a wide variety of exhibits, along with a bit of information about the plants, exhibits, etc. Be warned that the Chinese gardens are under construction. Also, if you're looking for the spectacular sculpture gardens that you may have seen on Google images or Trip Advisor, those are (sadly) a thing of the past.
  • Large and very interesting garden with lots of areas, some art objects outside and giant collection of bonsai trees which is the most fascinating. I've never thought I could enjoy botanic garden that much but it's surely the coolest one I've visited AP far, and I've been to plenty. Don't forget about Insectarium. It's admission included in the ticket, and collection is marvelous as well. I'm sure kids of any age will be more than family to visit it. Only one issue is the $12 parking, as usual
  • For some people this could easily be 5 stars, but I have to admit to being a bit indifferent to botanical gardens in general, and this one may be overshadowed by all the other great things to do in the area. Still, if you enjoy plants or gardening, this place was pretty huge and seemed very well maintained. I did think it was funny that they included a section with common garden items such as thyme, cabbage, etc in addition to all the beautiful flowers.
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