Here we are again. Another city, another Botanical Gardens. This is becoming a habit, not that I’m complaining. There is just something so calming and peaceful about a Botanical Garden. People go simply to enjoy nature, to admire the flowers or just sit by the pond with a book. The quietness allows you to just turn off your brain. Or the complete opposite it can give you the space to let your thoughts flow. Also, trees are cool. Montreal Botanical Gardens (or Jardin Botanique de Montreal) is a massive 190 acres and was a National Historic Site of Canada in 2008.

The subway system in Montreal is amazing and really easy to navigate, so getting there is pretty simple. Take the subways to Pie-IX station, turn right when you get outside and just walk, you’ll be there in  five minutes.

Exhibition Greenhouses

As soon as we arrived at Montreal Botanical Gardens, it started to pour, so luckily the first stop was the greenhouses. They are divided into sections such as Ferns, Tropical Rainforests, Arid Regions etc.

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To be honest, I didn’t pay much attention to the different sections, I was just enjoying walking around. But I did like how each glasshouse was so different to the next. From being in a tropical rainforest, to a desert, then all of a sudden feeling like you’ve just strolled into Japan.

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We waited about a bit the in lobby for the rain to go so we could explore the rest of Montreal Botanical Gardens (or as much as we could, did I mention the 190 acres yet?) Tip: If you need to use the restroom, go before you leave the glasshouses. I got half way through the gardens and had to turn back. Rookie mistake.

To the Gardens

Garden of Perennial Plants, Alpine Garden, First Nation Garden. Garden of Toxic Plants. The Montreal Botanical Gardens literally has everything. It was pretty early in the day when we arrived so it was pretty quiet. The gardeners were out tending to the plants. I keep trying to find the perfect way to convey how nice Botanical Gardens are and I can’t think of any without sounding like a werido. I just really like plants. That’s it.

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I particularly liked that they had not only a garden of medicinal plants, but also a garden on toxic plants. Just hanging out, ready to poison anyone that disobeys the ‘DO NO TOUCH’ signs. I expected the plants to maybe be in cases, or behind glass, but nope. It is fully your responsibility not to touch them. They encourage you to educate yourself on what is poisonous and how to identify the symptoms, and even provide an emergency number to call if needed.

Chillin With the Wildlife

We got a bit lost after a while but found our way to a lake We may not have walked very far, but we had been there a couple of hours at this point, so we nabbed a bench and relaxed. To our absolute joy, we were joined by some ducks and a little turtle. All of use just chilling, taking in the view.

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That’s as far as we got unfortunately. We were tired and hungry and, to be honest, really want to go see Wonder Women again at the cinema!  Admittedly we didn’t do much else in Montreal other than eat and go to the cinema, but it was the last few days of the trip so we were winding down a bit. But Montreal Botanical Gardens was the perfect day out for a quit city visit.

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Montreal Botanical Gardens is the perfect day out in the city. There is nothing like getting away from hustle and surrounding yourself with nature! Montreal Botanical Gardens is the perfect day out in the city. There is nothing like getting away from hustle and surrounding yourself with nature! Montreal Botanical Gardens is the perfect day out in the city. There is nothing like getting away from hustle and surrounding yourself with nature!

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47 thoughts on “The Perfect Day at the Montreal Botanical Gardens”

  1. This place looks really amazing, mostly thanks to your stunning photos! 🙂 I’d love to visit it one day or another! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  2. Haha how did you manage to take all these photos without masses of people in them? How is this place not full of people admiring the incredible scenery? If I lived in Montreal I’d spend all my days here – the botanical garden is so gorgeous and peaceful!

  3. This looks like such a beautiful botanical garden – I can’t believe I missed it when I was in Montreal a couple of summers back! I love the greenhouses, especially the cacti 🙂

  4. Whoa, I must say since I’ve never been to this particular garden, but it’s seriously one of the most beautiful botanical gardens I have never seen! I’m bummed out that I didn’t know about this the last time I was in Montreal! Def gonna visit the next time!

  5. This place looks so so beautiful! I love botanical gardens, & this looks like a very special one. Also, I love the name of your blog.. definitely can’t wait to check out more of your posts!

  6. I love these gardens too. I mean, I always sort of liked wandering through pretty gardens, but I used to resist going to them because I’d be dragged there by my mum. Now, like you, I just enjoy them for the tranquility and all the pretty plants.

    I have a feeling you would LOVE Japan. Some of their gardens are simply gorgeous. I hope you can make it to Nara one day to see the stunning gardens that use the surrounding mountains as “borrowed landscapes” to make the garden even better.

  7. I feel like I haven’t visit too many botanic gardens in my life while I am traveling. Not sure why as they re so beautiful! You lucky you got to see Montreal Botanical Gardens! It looks stunning! Especially the garden!

  8. I love to visit gardens but unfortunately in India we do not have so many good gardens. This garden look awesome i would really love to visit one day. Thanks for sharing with us.

  9. I am not a big fan of botanical gardens but I don’t mind going once in a while my Mum. on the other hand is crazy about plants and flowers etc. In the Alhambra in Granada Spain, she made me take pictures of all the flowers there. haha the things we do for the people we love. Any way nice post. P.s. did anyone dare touch the poisonous plants?

  10. I always make it a point to visit botanical gardens in the city i am travelling (when my husband is not there, haha). Your visit seems to be so fruitful with the visit to toxic plant sections – never heard or been to such place before. The photos are gorgeous.

  11. Botanic Gardens are usually an oasis of calm in a big city and it looks like these are no exception. Will definitely seek them out when I am in Montreal as I really love the bonsais! Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

  12. I love being close to nature. Montreal Botanical Gardens seems like my kinda place. Loving the greenhouses. So many beautiful and colorful flowers, clear, serene and unending expanse, wilderness at its best…what more can one ask for! And your photos are absolutely stunning!

  13. I love botanical gardens! I visit them in most of the cities I explore, simply because I cannot get enough nature. These look particularly fantastic! I’m glad the rain let up so you could explore the outdoor gardens as well.

  14. I have to admit, I’m not the biggest fan of botanical gardens as I’ve been to too many of them that were just a bit boring. But this one really looks like it’s one of a kind, there’s so much to see. I especially like the tiny Japanese trees in your picture. Photography is on point, I might add! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  15. I love Botanical Gardens – I always try to visit them i na new city, especially when I need some peace and quiet away from the busy city centres! There’s something about being surrounded by lush plants that calms me – it reminds me of my first ever trip to the rainforest in Costa Rica, which I remember for the rest of my life! I’d love to visit Montreal – especially in winter, and I’m sure the glasshouse will be nice then! Thanks for sharing!

  16. oh that’s really nice.. we have been to Montréal a couple of years ago and unfortunately had no time to visit the Botanical Garden.. it’s really too bad but I am sure we’ll be traveling to Montréal a 2nd time.. it’s a great city, we really felt good there

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