Though the gardens are a hit with tourists, residents sometimes forget that the Montreal Botanical Garden, one of the largest of its kind in the world, is in their own backyard. I'd go as far as to say the Jardin Botanique de Montréal represents the most beautiful grounds on the entire island. A haven with almost 200 different bird species, a fox family and 22,000 types of plants, flowers and trees, the Montreal Botanical Garden is so much more than a tourist destination and yet many locals are unaware that they can have unlimited access to the ever-changing grounds, special events and the Montreal Insectarium for an entire year at a price cheaper than a night on the town.
Arguably the most beautiful location in the city, the Montreal Botanical Garden's ten indoor greenhouses are open year-round, and spring, summer and fall feature several outdoor theme gardens, including:
- a Chinese garden
- a Japanese garden
- a shade garden
- a lily garden
- a rose garden
- an arboretum
- a First Nations garden
January 10 to May 14, 2012: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday
May 15, 2012 to September 6, 2012: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., every day
September 7 to October 31, 2012: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., every day
November 1, 2012 to May 14, 2013: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday
Closed December 25 and December 26, 2012.
Montreal Botanical Gardens: Admission Fees*
$17.75 adult ($15 Quebec residents; $11 with Accès Montréal Card**); $16.75 senior and student ($14 Quebec residents, $11 with Accès Montréal Card**); $9 ages 5 to 17 ($7.50 Quebec residents, $5.50 with Accès Montréal Card**); free ages under 5
Admission includes access to the Montreal Insectarium.
Note: Free admission to the outdoor grounds after 5 p.m. (sometimes 6 p.m.) until nightfall during the high season, from May 15 to Labor Day. Free admission to the outdoor grounds during opening hours post-Labor Day to May 14.
Get details on other pricing options and group rates.
Montreal Botanical Gardens: Annual Passes
$45 adult, $30 senior and student, $58 family pass (2 adults, 2 kids ages 2 to 17, must all live at same address)
Annual Pass is valid for one full year from date of purchase and also includes unlimited access to the Montreal Insectarium.
Montreal Botanical Gardens: Parking Fees
Parking is $5 for the first hour, $10 for a whole day, and $5 for evenings after 6 p.m. Get details on parking locations. For visitors intent on saving money on parking, try finding a free neighborhood parking spot just North of the Botanical Gardens, near the Treehouse/arboretum entrance on Rosemont, in between Pie-IX and Viau, such as up 29th Avenue. It's further away than parking in the designated lots though: expect a 10 to 15-minute walk to get to the main gardens.
Montreal Botanical Gardens: Getting There
To get to the gardens using public transportation, get off at Pie-IX Metro on the green line. The Olympic Stadium will be in plain view upon exiting the Pie-IX Metro station. Walk uphill on Pie-IX Boulevard past the stadium until you reach the corner of Sherbrooke. The garden gates should be visible across the street. Here's a map of the area. For directions by car, call (514) 872-1400 for more information.
Montreal Botanical Gardens: Food and Facilities
There's a picnic area selling light meals and snacks near the Insectarium (position #12 on this map). It's by the Montreal Botanical Garden's Japanese Pavilion. Visitors who bring their own lunch can eat there as well as at the Montreal Botanical Garden's snack bar (position #26 on this map) but not elsewhere on the grounds.
Montreal Botanical Gardens: Address
4101 Sherbrooke East, corner of Pie-IX.
Montreal Botanical Gardens: More INFO
Call (514) 872-1400 for more information.
*Accès Montréal Card holders benefit from a 45% rebate on admission fees.
**Find out how to get an Accès Montréal Card.
Note that admission fees, parking rates and opening hours may change without notice.