About the Montreal Botanical Gardens

When you think of Montreal, you think about Ste-Catherine Street, Grand Prix, shopping, clubs and in general having a good time.  What many tourists are unaware of are the many educational activities and places that the Montreal island can offer.  The Montreal Botanical Gardens is a place of beauty, peace and knowledge.  The Gardens offer a wide variety of activities including for school tour groups, a number of different gardens and greenhouses, scientific activities and the Insectarium.  One of the greatest advantages of the gardens is that all of its activities are year round.

The Gardens were founded by Brother Marie-Victorin in 1931.  His dream was to introduce Montrealers both the beauty of nature and its scientific advantages.  He had fought his way and had finally succeeded in convincing the government in proceeding with this newfound project.  During a time of great crisis,  the building of the gardens had created more than a thousand jobs for those suffering during the Great Depression.  True to his dream, his legacy is now world renown and one of the largest gardens of the world.

Onsite you’ll find over 21 000 plant species, 10 exhibition greenhouses and 30 themed gardens amongst these gardens, the well-known and popular Chinese and Japanese Gardens.  During the summer months you’ll find many wedding parties using the gardens as a backdrop.  With such beauty why not?

Location

Address: 4101, Sherbrooke East, Montreal, Quebec, H1X 2B2
Telephone: (514) 872-1400

Closest metro:  
Pie-IX

Nearby attractions: Olympic Park, Olympic Stadium, Saputo Stadium, Biodome, Insectarium, Chateau Dufresne Museum

Hours of operation

From May 15 to September 6, 2012 open Every day, 9 AM to 6 PM
From September 7 to November 4, 2012 open every day, 9 AM to 9 PM

Admission rates

Adults $17.75, seniors 65+ $16.75, students 18+ $13.50, children ages 5 to 17 $9, free for ages 4 and under.  Family rate $50.  For additional information on rates as well as package rates for nearby attractions such as the Insectarium and Biodome visit the official site http://www2.ville.montreal.qc.ca/jardin/

Notes from a local

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