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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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