Montreal Botanical Gardens: A Guide
There's no doubt the gardens are a hit with tourists. Attracting in the upwards of 700,000 to 900,000 people a year, the irony is that residents sometimes forget that the Montreal Botanical Garden, one of the largest of its kind in the world, is in their own backyard.
The Jardin Botanique de Montréal features some of the most beautiful grounds in the city. A haven with almost 200 different bird species, a fox family and 22,000 types of plants, flowers, and trees, the Montreal Botanical Garden is more than a summer tourist destination, it's a refuge for locals needing a break from city life and a year-round attraction featuring some of Montreal's most popular annual events, including Butterflies Go Free and Gardens of Light. The gardens also share space with the Montreal Insectarium, a family-friendly museum filled with live scarabs, tarantulas, scorpions as well as thousands of different arthropods.
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Arguably the most beautiful location in the city, the Montreal Botanical Garden's ten indoor greenhouses are open year-round. Meanwhile, spring, summer and fall feature several outdoor theme gardens, including:
- a Chinese garden
- a Japanese garden
- a shade garden
- a water garden
- a lily garden
- a rose garden
- an arboretum
- a First Nations garden
Montreal Botanical Gardens: Opening Hours
November to Mid-May: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday
Mid-May until Labour Day: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., every day
After Labour Day until October 31: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., every day
Closed December 25 and December 26.
Open New Year's Day, Good Friday and Easter Monday.
Montreal Botanical Gardens: Admission Fees January 5 to December 31, 2017*
$20.25 adult ($15.75 for Quebec residents); $18.50 senior ($14.75 for Quebec residents); $14.75 student with I.D. ($12 for Quebec residents); $10.25 youth ages 5 to 17 ($8 for Quebec residents); free for kids under 5, $56 family rate (2 adults, two youths) ($44.25 for Quebec residents).
Save money and pay less on admission fees with the Accès Montréal card.
Montreal Botanical Garden admission grants complimentary access to the Montreal Insectarium.
Get details on other pricing options and group rates.
Montreal Botanical Gardens: Parking Fees
Parking is $12 for the day, less for half-days and evenings. For visitors intent on saving money on parking, try finding a free neighborhood parking spot just North of the Botanical Gardens, near the Treehouse/arboretum entrance on Rosemont, in between Pie-IX and Viau, such as up on 29th Avenue. It's further away than parking in the designated lots though: factor in a 10- to 15-minute walk to get to the main gardens.
Montreal Botanical Gardens: Getting There
To get to the gardens using public transportation, get off at Pie-IX Metro on the green line. The Olympic Stadium will be in plain view upon exiting the Pie-IX Metro station. Walk uphill on Pie-IX Boulevard past the stadium until you reach the corner of Sherbrooke. The garden gates should be visible across the street. Here's a map of the area. For directions by car, call (514) 872-1400 for more information.
Montreal Botanical Gardens: Food and Facilities
There's a picnic area selling light meals and snacks near the Insectarium. It's by the Montreal Botanical Garden's Japanese Pavilion. Visitors who bring their own lunch can eat there as well as at the Montreal Botanical Garden's snack bar but not elsewhere on the grounds.
Montreal Botanical Gardens: Address
4101 Sherbrooke East, corner of Pie-IX.
Montreal Botanical Gardens: More INFO
Call (514) 872-1400 for more information and consult the official website.
Any Nearby Attractions?
The Montreal Botanical Garden is quite a ways removed from the downtown core, but it's in close proximity to a smattering of popular attractions that can keep tourists and residents busy the entire day. Sharing space with the Montreal Insectarium, the gardens are a brief walk from the Olympic Park, the Montreal Biodome's five ecosystems -think climate-controlled rainforest in the dead of winter- and the Planetarium.
Accommodations Near the Montreal Botanical Garden
Though the Montreal Botanical Garden is a major city attraction, it's not centrally located. Choice hotel accommodations are located closer to downtown like Montreal's top boutique hotels or in Old Montreal.
*Accès Montréal Card holders benefit from rebates on admission fees.
**Find out how to get an Accès Montréal Card.
Note that admission fees, parking rates and opening hours may change without notice.