Montreal Botanical Garden

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Montreal Botanical Garden showing a river or creek, a park and a pond

Originally created as “a corsage for the city’s lapel,” Montreal’s premier gardens have blossomed into a horticultural and cultural giant.

In 1935, Brother Marie-Victorin urged the mayor to give the city a botanical garden. As a Brother of the Christian Schools and a botanist, he dreamed of a garden that was beautiful, educational and inspiring. Today’s Botanical Garden has achieved his vision, and is now considered to be one of the world’s great botanical gardens.

The Botanical Garden contains 10 greenhouses and 30 thematic gardens which also provide fascinating windows into the world’s many cultures. The gardens span 185 acres (75 hectares), so wear comfortable shoes. Walk through one of the largest Chinese gardens outside of China, and less typical ones, like the First Nations and Toxic Plants gardens.

Explore the extensive Arboretum, which is the largest part of the garden and contains about 7,000 trees and shrubs. The best time to visit is in the fall when the leaves explode into color, but visitors also come during the winter for cross-country skiing. In summer partake in a tea ceremony in the Japanese Garden or finish the day with a cocktail and live music on the terrace. Don’t miss the Insectarium which features over 160,000 insects.

If your time is limited, or you’re not sure which gardens you’d like to see, hop on the free trolley bus for a great overview of the garden. While the warmer months are the best time to see the outdoor sections of the garden, all 10 of the garden’s greenhouses and the Insectarium remain open year-round.

The price of admission gives you access to all of the gardens and greenhouses, as well as the Insectarium.

Located just a few minutes northeast of Downtown in Maisonneuve Park, the Montreal Botanical Garden is easily accessible by metro or bus. Paid parking is available. The Biodome, with zoo, aquarium and nature preserve, is just across the Rue Sherbrooke behind the Olympic Stadium. Visit both for a lovely day enjoying Montreal’s plant and animal life.

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Gite du Survenant
Gite du Survenant
3 out of 5
2645 Avenue Desjardins, Montreal, QC
The price is $40 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
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Gite du Survenant
Private room, steps from metro with a large private bathroom
Private room, steps from metro with a large private bathroom
Montreal, QC
The price is $45 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
Located in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Montreal Botanical Garden and Montreal Biodome. Olympic Stadium and Montreal ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Clean Room and Convenient Location
"Walking distance to the Olympic Park and the botanical gardens. Very clean and stylish room."

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2021

Private room, steps from metro with a large private bathroom
Quiet, Great Bed, Steps to Main Metro Line (WiFi)
Quiet, Great Bed, Steps to Main Metro Line (WiFi)
Montreal, QC
The price is $41 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Located in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Montreal Botanical Garden and Montreal Biodome. Olympic Stadium and Montreal ...
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Gite du Survenant
Gite du Survenant
3 out of 5
2645 Avenue Desjardins, Montreal, QC
The price is $40 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
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Private room, steps from metro with a large private bathroom
Private room, steps from metro with a large private bathroom
Montreal, QC
The price is $45 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
Private room, steps from metro with a large private bathroom
Quiet, Great Bed, Steps to Main Metro Line (WiFi)
Quiet, Great Bed, Steps to Main Metro Line (WiFi)
Montreal, QC
The price is $41 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Quiet, Great Bed, Steps to Main Metro Line (WiFi)
Spacious room with a Private bathroom in a quiet home
Spacious room with a Private bathroom in a quiet home
Montreal, QC
The price is $40 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Spacious room with a Private bathroom in a quiet home
Hotel Universel Montreal
Hotel Universel Montreal
3.5 out of 5
5000, Rue Sherbrooke Est, Montreal, QC
The price is $119 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
Hotel Universel Montreal
Sunny 2 Bedroom apartment with a Private Patio, Near Metro (green line)
Sunny 2 Bedroom apartment with a Private Patio, Near Metro (green line)
Montreal, QC
The price is $50 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
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Charming place Olympic Stadium, Bright & Clean
Montreal, QC
The price is $55 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4
Charming place Olympic Stadium, Bright & Clean
Spacious room with a comfortable queen size bed & single sofa bed, spa-like
Spacious room with a comfortable queen size bed & single sofa bed, spa-like
Montreal, QC
Spacious room with a comfortable queen size bed & single sofa bed, spa-like
Hotel Halte-Galerie
Hotel Halte-Galerie
3 out of 5
4223 Rue Hochelaga, Montreal, QC
The price is $143 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
Hotel Halte-Galerie
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