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“Do not miss this, especially in June or July!”

Montreal Botanical Gardens
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Ranked #16 of 429 things to do in Montreal
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Along with the Biodome (closed for renovations until summer 2019) , the Insectarium and the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, the Botanical Garden is part of the Montreal Space for Life, Canada's largest natural museum science complex and Montreal's top must see attraction.The Montreal Botanical Garden, one of the city's jewels, is recognized as one of the world's greatest botanical gardens. It offers a colourful program of events, exhibitions and activities all year long.With its collection of 22,000 plant species and cultivars, 10 exhibition greenhouses, Frederic Back Tree House, and more than 20 thematic gardens spread out over 75 hectares, it's also a perfect place to enjoy fresh air and natural beauty. Located just minutes from downtown Montreal, right near the Biodome and Olympic Park, the Montreal Botanical Garden is a living museum of plants from all over the world. You can also enjoy the Insectarium which is on the Garden's site. Have a great visit!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed January 3, 2013

This has to be one of the most vast botanical gardens that I've visited. There are different sections from a Japanese Garden to Chinese Garden to Insectarium. If you happen to be there in June or July, seek out the roses. I could spend an hour enjoying just the roses - it can be spectacular if you get there when they're all in bloom. The place is massive, so plan quite a bit of time to take it all in and take your time. Read the map to make sure you don't miss anything.

Especially don't forget the green houses near the entrance. They have some fantastic plants from zones that would never otherwise survive including dozens of orchids and desert plants. A lot is packed in there, so look up and all around.

There's a small café with a decent selection of food where you can even enjoy a glass of wine while taking in the beautiful gardens view. A tram will also run to take you to different parts of the gardens - I would sometimes take it to the top of the gardens and make my way back on foot.

I cannot recommend going here enough if you plan a trip to Montréal!

Thank JonasonKeeton
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

We went to the gardens as part of a city-tour. What a great experience.Sunny day,beautiful place to walk without hurry.
Wish we could have more time.Do not miss the insectarium and the chinese garden as well.

Thank robteix2012
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

The bonsai collection was beautiful as were many of their attractions. Not as large as other botanical gardens I've been to but average.

Thank Lisa B
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

Thats pretty much how to sum up this place. My 1 year old son had a diaper emergency and when I asked where the nearest toilet was, the staff told me in french (as explained by another passerby) that we do not have to speak English here.

Maps and guides in French only, rude cashiers. Not impressed with Montreal, would rather visit Toronto next time I head up to Canada.

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Reviewed December 26, 2012

Many of Quebec's French speakers are anti-English and refuse to speak English even though they fully understand exactly what tourists are saying. Government workers are especially rude as they know that according to the law they cannot lose their jobs for refusing to speak English. While the gardens are beautiful the flowers and plants do not care what language is spoken

2  Thank lesmur
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