Montreal Floralies Gardens - Jardins des Floralies

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    Montreal Biosphere

    The Montreal Biosphere is a geodesic dome designed by Buckminster Fuller.
    ••• On the Way to the Montreal Floralies Gardens Montreal Biosphere as seen on the way to the Floralies Gardens. Chris Cheadle / Getty Images

    Stunning and outlandish, with retro futurist remnants of Expo '67 scattered throughout the grounds, you can't miss the contrast of contemporary sculpture against the backdrop of excessive groundhog breeding. At the Floralies Gardens, you'll also spot the occasional duck, a variety of birds and if you're very quiet and a little lucky, a fox on an early morning.

    The Floralies Gardens' 25 acres are located on Île Notre-Dame in Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau and were originally created -- down to the last cotton ball tree -- by several international landscape artists participating in the 1980 International Floralies fair. Surrounded by the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, man-made canals and with enough weeping willows to lose count, the Floralies Gardens are also just steps away from the Montreal Casino.

    Originally the USA Pavilion from Expo 67, The Montreal Biosphere was converted into an environment museum. More details below.

     

    Yesteryear's USA Pavilion from Expo 67 crea...MOREted by Buckminster Fuller is today's Montreal Biosphere, an environment museum composed of family-oriented, interactive, hands-on exhibits that have an indoor playground quality to them, useful setups when it comes to explaining environmental issues to kids, from climate change to sustainable development to responsible consumption.

    Read: Information on Visiting the Montreal Biosphere

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    Signe Solaire by Jean Le Febure

    Signe Solaire by Jean Le Febure
    ••• Montreal Floralies Gardens Signe Solaire by Jean Le Febure. Photo © Evelyn Reid
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    Moai Head: An Easter Island Mould

    Easter Island Moai head in the Montreal Floralies Gardens
    ••• Montreal Floralies Gardens. Photo © Evelyn Reid

    A Moai head replica, as seen on Easter Island, but here at the Montreal Floralies Gardens.

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    Montreal Casino

    Montreal Casino to the left of Floralies Gardens
    ••• Montreal Floralies Gardens Montreal Casino to the left of Parc Jean-Drapeau's Floralies Gardens. Photo © Evelyn Reid

    It's loud, it's flashy, it's the Casino de Montréal! More info below.

    Don't expect Vegas but do anticipate a cross between casual and upscale spread out on several floors. According to insiders, the Casino de Montréal has some of the highest betting limits in Canada. Food-wise, whether you want a smoked meat sandwich or seven-course meal with palate-clearing granité, you won't have much problem locating your personal tastes in a building that was once the French Pavilion in Expo '67. A decent assortment of games, from high stakes tables to roulette to slot machines to cabaret performances, the Casino has a somewhat lax dress code with patrons dressed in everything from jeans to business casual to cocktail dresses and the occasional black tie. For patrons 18 years and older. Open 24/7.

    Read Also: Inside the Montreal Casino

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    Obelisque Oblique by Henri-Georges Adam

    Obelisque Oblique by Henri-Georges Adam Floralies Gardens
    ••• Montreal Floralies Gardens Obelisque Oblique by Henri-Georges Adam. Photo © Evelyn Reid
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    Trees, Trees, Trees

    Trees at the Montreal Floralies Gardens
    ••• Montreal Floralies Gardens Trees at the Montreal Floralies Gardens. Photo © Evelyn Reid
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    Spring Flowers in Bloom

    Flower Closeup in the Floralies Gardens
    ••• Montreal Floralies Gardens Flower closeup in the Floralies Gardens. Photo © Evelyn Reid
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    Kwakiutl Totem Pole

    ••• Montreal Floralies Gardens Kwakiutl Totem Pole in the Floralies Gardens. Photo © Evelyn Reid
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    Gilles Villeneuve Circuit

    Gilles Villeneuve Circuit near the Montreal Floralies Gardens
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    Gilles Villeneuve Circuit near the Montreal Floralies Gardens.

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    Exotic Plants in Montreal

    Exotic plants at the Montreal Floralies Gardens
    ••• Montreal Floralies Gardens Exotic plants at the Montreal Floralies Gardens. Photo © Evelyn Reid
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    Wallace Fountain

    Wallace Fountain at the Montreal Floralies Gardens
    ••• Montreal Floralies Gardens Wallace Fountain at the Montreal Floralies Gardens. Photo © Evelyn Reid
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    My Favorite Weeping Willow

    Weeping willow Montreal Floralies Gardens
    ••• Montreal Floralies Gardens Weeping willow at the Montreal Floralies Gardens. Photo © Evelyn Reid