Montreal Botanical Garden
Montreal Botanical Garden
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Recognized as one of the world’s finest, the Montréal Botanical Garden is a true living museum featuring plants from every part of the globe. This jewel in the city’s crown, founded in 1931, covers 75 hectares and features some 20 thematic gardens, a vast arboretum, the Frédéric Back Tree Pavilion and 3 exceptional cultural gardens: the Chinese Garden, Japanese Garden and First Nations Garden. Enjoy a colourful program of events, exhibitions and activities all year long.
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Neighbourhood: Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie
Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie has one of Canada's most prominent Italian communities, with Little Italy concentrated along the convivial bends of Saint-Lawrence Boulevard. Known for its fantastic bars and authentic Italian fare, the domain includes the Jean-Talon Market, the largest public market in North America. Open year-round, sunny months see fruit and vegetable stalls set up outside the main chalet, while blustery weather draws crowds indoors to meat and cheese sellers, spices and truffles stalls, and for regional delicacies such as rare Charlevoix lamb. While the market dictates what's fresh for local restaurateurs, visitors can please more than their palates, taking in the Renaissance architecture and frescos of Madonna della Difesa, the picturesque Rue Saint-Rominique with its cheerful homes and splendid gardens, or the ornamented thoroughfare of Plaza Saint-Hubert.
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  • Ashley J
    Dallas, Texas108 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place - needs more refreshments and path markers
    we visited in July and the botanical garden entrance was under some construction. We took the metro to station Pie IX on the green line. To reach the area, it was a short walk from there, although there was a big hill. Once inside, we really enjoyed all of the plants and the way they were grouped into little worlds. The China Garden was the most memorable and so photogenic. Fans of Epcot will surely love it. I will say it would have been nice to have more refreshments throughout the park. It was only 74° but humid when we went, and we never saw any water other than right after we purchased our tickets. I also thought it was odd that they sold glass water containers in a park. Although there certainly were shaded areas, some of the main arteries of the park are in full sun. Some of the signs were misleading regarding where they pointed, and we definitely spent way more time walking because of it. They provide maps but it would be so helpful to have named or labelled pathways and direction markers so you can confirm your location. One thing that stood out to me as different from other botanical gardens, such as Dallas and Cincinnati, is that this one did not have hard surfaces like bricks or pavers or asphalt. Everything was pea gravel and compacted soil pathways. This makes for a more natural experience, however, if it has rained recently, there are some muddy parts, and I almost slipped couple of times. My favorite part was the irisis and lilies around a big pond with lily pads. The area was like a Van Gough painting and so peaceful. They had adairondak chairs along the edge and I could have spent the whole day reading. Nearby fast food to refuel: La Belle Province - diagonal from the entrance. Note: insectarium is very nearby and shown on the maps but admission is not included.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 July 2023
  • William Kim
    London, Canada390 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see in Montreal
    The Montreal Botanical Gardens are seriously amazing. I wasn't so sure what to expect when my friend recommended I come here with him and some of his other friends, but I am so glad that I trusted their recommendations. The botanical gardens are composed of so many great places to see while here, from Chinese and Japanese gardens to butterfly conservatories and arboretums, and being here makes you feel like you've been transported into a calm, serene, perfect world with no problems. Seriously, this is probably one of the best botanical gardens I've been to! Everywhere you go is filled with plants, flowers and details of all kinds, but all well maintained and chosen accordingly to catch your attention as you stroll through the gardens. You could easily spend hours here looking around and not even realize it. There is such a quiet, serene feeling here that is quite unique given how this garden is located within a major city in Canada. There are also student discounts available, so students in the area should definitely take advantage of that. Also, plan on spending an entire day here. When I was here, there was not enough time for me to see everything here as I was visiting from Ontario, and only had so much time to do things. Seriously - Montreal has one of the best botanical gardens I have EVER been to! This city is very lucky to have this gem here. I’ll be back for sure.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 July 2023
  • Tobias Rud
    Aarhus, Denmark22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful botanical garden
    A beautiful, large and diverse botanical garden that's undoubtedly worth visiting for anyone in Montreal. We particularly enjoyed the Chinese Garden and the lakes. Very scenic and interesting even for those without an interest in everything botanical.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 July 2023
  • eskdunning
    Hermitage, Tennessee354 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful gardens
    What a delightful way to enjoy a gorgeous day in Montreal. We spent approximately 3 hours at the botanical gardens. While we felt we'd done justice to the gardens, we didn't enter any of the indoor exhibits. The outdoor spa e is divided into smaller themed gardens. Our favorites were the Chinese, Japanese, and Alpine gardens. If you enjoy nature, I highly recommend these gardens.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 August 2023
  • fm0072018
    Canterbury, United Kingdom149 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful gardens
    Really beautiful gardens especially the China garden. Unfortunately, we didn’t have much time to wander around but what we did see was gorgeous. We had bought an annual ticket which included the garden, the Biodome, the Insectarium and the Planetarium which are all on the same complex. You can get to the garden from the Viau metro station on the green line.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Anne P
    Sudbury, Canada2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Botanical Garden
    Great staff at ticket booth. Should have more staff around the property for questions. Not all pictures provided online are available to view as they no longer have some stuff. It’s a beautiful place very nice to see all the cultures. I loved my visit with my son and loved that he was able to have free access with his status card. Highly recommend if you haven’t visit beautiful place
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 August 2023
  • Zutot
    Horley, United Kingdom680 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely visit
    We had a really nice visit here earlier this month. A lot of the flowers are past their best this time of year but one you enter the Chinese gardens, it is just wow. So beautiful and ornate. Between this area and the Japanese gardens there are some of the most amazing bonsai trees I’ve ever seen. A sight to behold. They also had some lovely pop up kids activities which was great for my daughter.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 August 2023
  • AmarilisVos
    Jabbeke, Belgium2,309 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Chinese Garden
    We visited the gardens on June 23. There is a parking lot in front of the entrance. You must pay at the parking meter. Ask for a map at the information desk and buy a ticket online or at the desk. The Japanese garden is nice but nothing special. The exhibition in the tea house is worth seeing. Take the time to stroll through the Chinese Garden. There is a lot to see and it is beautiful.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 18 August 2023
  • dctravel
    Washington DC, District of Columbia2,332 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Gardens and Outdoor Space
    On our first day in Montreal, we were looking for something do to outside. Read about the Botanic Gardens and it was a perfect low key activity. Beautiful grounds. Walked several miles looking at flowers, plants, ducks, and amazing open spaces. Felt tired (from walking), but refreshed after our visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 August 2023
  • patriciay455
    Baltimore, Maryland390 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best we have visited
    This ranks up with some of the best in the world. We have visited many Botanical Gardens all over and this clearly is one of the best we have visited. Highly recommend but take your time. This can be an all day outing. We were there for over 4 hours and plan to return.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 September 2023
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Robert S
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
A fabulous place. Lovely gardens. The Chinese Garden is absolutely stunning. You can easily spend a whole day here.
Highly recommended.
Written 9 July 2024
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Nader A
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
I am very upset. Bad signs. Bad service. Bad café. No places in the shadow. No place for stroller in the buses. Japanese house is only hanged pictures! We have to pay to enter the insectarium! High prices! I do not recommend this place even if it is for free!
Written 7 July 2024
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Cassidy I
Seattle, Washington, United States18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The botanical garden in Montreal was a very gorgeous afternoon spent walking around and delighting our senses. There was quite a bit of construction in the main entrance and what seemed to be around the water garden - so we missed out on being able to be fully blown away. The Japanese and Chinese Gardens are quite impressive with bonsai trees over 200 years old and beautiful water features. The amenities are okay - a small cafe at the beginning of the walk, with restrooms scattered about. We enjoyed this as a family, I would recommend for children who can handle a good 1-3 mile walk. Would love to see this again in spring and fall when full blooms are sure to dazzle.
Written 1 July 2024
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Nina M
Westborough, MA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
A must see. You'll be transported to a real Chinese garden. You'll experience the most varieties of rose you've ever seen, and the scents are heavenly. And there is more that I simply didn't have enough time to see in one visit.
Written 28 June 2024
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Journey582021
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Worth the trip as we spent 3 plus hours there enjoying the beautiful flowers and nature. Very peaceful and relaxing place to visit.
Written 22 June 2024
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Julie P
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We greatly enjoyed the beautiful gardens and will visit again if we have the opportunity to come to Montreal again. Roses were in full bloom during our visit—so many varieties of roses and so wonderfully fragrant! Also had a nice lunch from the cafe—ate outside. Highly recommend!
Written 16 June 2024
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Silke P
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Not to be missed! Beautiful Japanese gardens and so many others. Great food at the restaurant! The food is prepared from items grown in the kitchen gardens! Well prepared and delicious!
Written 14 June 2024
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Nivedhitha B
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Beautiful massive place. Lots to explore, kids love it. There is small restaurant in the spot, perfect to grab a cold drink or a quick sandwich. The Chinese and Japanese gardens are amazing.
Written 8 June 2024
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LondonLockwood
Loughton, UK933 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Thoroughly enjoyed out wander through the Gardens .. A beautiful morning helps obviously. How the staff manage and keep on top of planting etc is a skill . Everything looked super apart from the disappointing Japanese area where the lake looked barren and the very few koi in there lost in the size of it all.
Still..a very nice way to spend a few hours. Enjoyable.
Written 1 June 2024
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Christina B
Louisiana6,198 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We visited the garden the beginning of May. I forgot the north is way behind the south in flowering. The road work & traffic were horrible getting there. What should have taken 25 mins took us 1 1/2 hours. It was a beautiful sunny cool day. It was sad to see nothing but a few trees with blooms & a few areas of tulips. Roses barely started to leaf out. Very barren all over. A few pink and a few white trees were the only ones in bloom. None of the hardwood or other trees had any leaves. Some magnolias had little buds but .. again just too early to visit. The main buildings were closed and we could not enter. We walked around hoping it would get better. NONE of their fountains, large pools or water fixtures big and small had water or even cleaned yet. They need to stay closed until there’s actually gardens to look at. Waste of money and time. We had a rental and could have seen so much more instead of wasting time here. Because of road closures & road work it took us 2 hours to get to the airport to return our rental instead of 30 mins. Thank goodness we were leaving on a cruise next day and we had time. I’m sure it’s nice come July or so, but don’t waste your time prior.
Written 13 May 2024
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