Montreal Botanical Garden (Jardin Botanique Montreal)

#2 in Best Things To Do in Montreal
Montreal Botanical Garden (Jardin Botanique Montreal) picture1 of 3
Montreal Botanical Garden (Jardin Botanique Montreal)2 of 3
onepony/Getty Images

Key Info

4101 Rue Sherbrooke E

Price & Hours

CA$20.50 (around $16) for adults; CA$10.25 (ab...
Hours vary by exhibit and day, but generally o...

Details

Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.4

scorecard

  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

Thanks to 10 large greenhouses – each tailored to a specific theme – the 190-acre botanical gardens is home to more than 22,000 species of flora and offers scenic year-round respite from the metropolis' downtown core. Spend some time strolling through the tranquil bonsai trees in the Japanese Garden or learn about the principles of yin and yang in the Chinese Garden, which showcases designs from the 14th to 17th century Ming Dynasty. Outdoor gardens include a colorful rose garden and a stunning alpine garden.

Recent visitors called the garden a must-visit with lots to see. If you're visiting with kids, don't miss the ever-popular toxic plant garden. What's more, the Insectarium is one of the largest insect museums in North America, with more than 250,000 specimens of living and naturalized insects. Permanent exhibits include We Are the Insects, Atta Ants, Butterflies Go Free (a favorite among the garden's youngest visitors) and The BuzzGround, a fun discovery zone especially for kids. Reviewers say the variety is amazing and that kids love visiting.

Located in northern Plateau Mont-Royal in Parc Maisonneuve (accessible via the Green Line's Station Pie-IX métro station), the botanical garden and Insectarium are open every day at 9 a.m. and generally stay open until 6 or 7 p.m., depending on the time of year. Entry costs, which include access to both attractions, vary by age: tickets cost CA$20.50 (about $15.50) for adults; CA$10.25 (about $8) for kids ages 5 to 17. More information can be found at the Montreal Botanical Garden website.

See all Hotels in Montreal »

More Best Things To Do in Montreal

Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal)1 of 12
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des Beaux-Arts)2 of 12
Type
Time to Spend
#1 Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal)

As the site of the original city of Montreal, Vieux-Montréal (accessible from the Orange Line's Place-d'Armes and Champ-de-Mars métro stations) is the hub of the city's culture. Not much has changed in this neighborhood despite the city's rapid urbanization. Horse-drawn carriages traverse cobblestone streets and meander past such notable sites as the Basilique Notre-Dame, the Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall), the Vieux-Port (Old Port) and the Marché Bonsecours (Bonsecours Market).

Here, you'll mingle with Montrealers at sidewalk cafes while overlooking the river, or enjoy the summertime street performers at Place Jacques-Cartier. This is also a popular shopping area (despite the kitschy souvenir shops), and numerous bars and clubs bring Vieux-Montréal to life come sundown. Recent visitors said this area is a must for strolling, eating and experiencing the history of Montreal and feels very European thanks to its beautiful architecture.

Read more
DenisTangneyJr/Getty Images
See full list of Best Things To Do in Montreal »

Explore More of Montreal

If you make a purchase from our site, we may earn a commission. This does not affect the quality or independence of our editorial content.

Recommended

14 Top Jigsaw Puzzles, Games and Books to Keep Travelers Entertained

Even though you're stuck at home, you can still indulge your wanderlust with these activities.

15 Top Cookbooks to Buy

Travel to far-flung destinations and enjoy international food without leaving home.

The 12 Best Language-Learning Apps, Programs and Online Courses

Now is the perfect time to learn a new skill.

The 13 Best Sedona Tours

Get lost in the magic of Sedona's red rocks on these top adventures.

What is an Ecolodge? 21 Top Eco Resorts and Eco Hotels Around the World

Luxury meets environmental welfare at these top-notch ecolodges.

The 12 Best Puerto Rico Tours

Experience island living at its best on one of these guided trips.

I Went On a Cruise During the Coronavirus Pandemic. This Is What Happened.

Coronavirus concerns, itinerary changes and uncertainty lead to an unusual vacation.

5 Travel-Themed Activities to Do at Home During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Use these suggestions to fill the travel void amid the pandemic.

Cancel For Any Reason Travel Insurance: What You Need to Know

If you are rescheduling a vacation or booking a future trip, consider purchasing an insurance policy with the CFAR benefit.

The 21 Best Costa Rica Tours

Dive into this natural paradise on these exceptional excursions.