Montreal’s colorful and extensive botanical gardens are known as some of the best in the world. With more than thirty individually-themed gardens alongside ten exhibition greenhouses, there is much to see and explore even in the wintertime. Collectively they house plants from around the world, showcasing the biodiversity of the planet. With more than 22,000 species, it's one of the largest collections in existence.
Specific exhibits include those dedicated to ferns, orchids, lotus flowers, bonsai, cacti, and more. The Chinese Garden features centuries-old designs from the Ming Dynasty, and the Japanese Garden showcases the principles of zen living. The First Nations section is where you can learn more about the plants and cultures indigenous to Canada. Then there’s a large section devoted to tropical plants and rainforest, as well as an arboretum and an insectarium.
The gardens are a National Historic Site of Canada, and high atop many visitors’ list of favorite spots in the city.
Montreal’s Botanical Gardens is located near the Biodome and Olympic Park in downtown. It is part of the Montréal Space for Life, Canada's largest natural museum science complex. The nearest metro stop is Pie-IX, and parking is readily available. The greenhouse spaces are open year-round, with the outdoors areas subject to weather conditions.