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Home to Gardens, Sculpture, Groundhogs, and More
Stunning and outlandish, with retro futurist remnants of Expo '67 scattered throughout the grounds, 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.
You can't miss the contrast of contemporary sculpture against the backdrop of excessive groundhog breeding—seriously, they're everywhere.
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.
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.Continue to 2 of 12 below.
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Signe Solaire by Jean Le Febure
On the way to the Floralies Gardens, you'll inevitably notice a large geodesic dome.
Yesteryear's USA Pavilion from Expo 67 created by Buckminster Fuller is today's Montreal Biosphere, a spherical 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.Continue to 3 of 12 below.
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Moai Head: An Easter Island Mould
A Moai head replica, as seen on Easter Island, but here at the Montreal Floralies Gardens.Continue to 4 of 12 below.
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It's loud, it's flashy, it's the Casino de Montréal.
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.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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Obelisque Oblique by Henri-Georges AdamContinue to 6 of 12 below.
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Trees, Trees, TreesContinue to 7 of 12 below.
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Spring Flowers in BloomContinue to 8 of 12 below.
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Kwakiutl Totem PoleContinue to 9 of 12 below.
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Gilles Villeneuve CircuitContinue to 10 of 12 below.
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Exotic Plants in MontrealContinue to 11 of 12 below.
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Wallace FountainContinue to 12 of 12 below.
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My Favorite Weeping Willow