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“Authentic and beautiful” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Montreal Botanical Gardens

Montreal Botanical Gardens
4101 Sherbrooke St. E | (Near Viau), Montreal, Quebec H1X 2B2, Canada (Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie)
309-444-7355309-444-7355
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Ranked #4 of 239 attractions in Montreal
Type: Gardens
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Group tours/train
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Located near Olympic Park, Montreal's huge botanical garden contains over 20,000 different plant species in 31 specialized gardens, including the largest Chinese Garden outside Asia and a Japanese Garden with a tearoom and fabulous bonsai collection. The Insectarium hosts an "Insect Tasting" in November and December.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
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“Authentic and beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

Assuming this is the one in the botanical gardens. I've lived in China for nearly two years and visited many of the famous gardens. Many of the elements of this garden are absolutely spot on (although in China they'd definitely be serving tea in the tea house). Lovely bonsai garden and we really loved the peonies in June. Watch out for the pebble mosaic floors - very authentic.

Visited June 2012
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“Botanical Gardens”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

If you're into flowers then this is the place for you. Just a few stops on the Metro and you can easily spend all day there. Nothing not to like.

Visited June 2012
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Astoria, NY
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“Not as good as I remembered but a few tips to improve your trip”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

I use to come up to Montreal every summer with my friends throughout college. We often went to the Botanical Gardens. After many years of not visiting Montreal, I went back up and was less impressed than previous years though part of my experience was tied to the frustration of paths not being marked well and continually doubling back. Also the map provided is not the best.

My advice is to get the best tour is to come direct from the Pie - IX station. You'll go 2 blocks up a hill and right to the front entrance of the gardens. As this is the main entrance, it is the way it is meant to be seen and the most visually impressive way to enter.

I'd especially do this if you plan on going to Biodome same day. Walk up from Biodome puts you more to the side of the park and isn't as good of an experience, not only from the entrance but is a less intuitive way to tour around.

The maps have different walks with times on them identified by different color circles. I recommend following the "green" circle route to hit all the key highlights. Of note, there are very few food/drink places in the actual gardens so best to bring food/drink with you. I saw people having a little lunch sitting on benches throughout the park.

The Chinese gardens are my favorite as they have some nice building built in. If you happen to be there when they are teaching chinese painting in one of the pavillions, go ahead and take it. It is quick and calming. Professor only speaks French, Chinese, and a little English but it is very visual so you'll understand. He had a nice way to teaching despite any language barrier. The day we were there we made a Panda painting.

Visited June 2012
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“Lovely setting, but needs a bit more work”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

The flower paths and gardens were lovely, but need some updating. On the left side of the gardens, there is noisy and distracting road noise. Not much the city can do about this.
The restaurant/sandwich shop served the tastiest chicken wrap (or any type for that matter) I have ever eaten. My wife's ham and cheese tasted "good" she said. The outdoor setting was delightful.

Visited June 2012
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“Just be ready to spend time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

Very large and impressive. Insectorium also amazing. Tropical greenhouses as well.
A botonist paradise - most everything is named

Visited June 2012
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