Montreal Botanical Garden
Right at the foot of the Olympic Stadium, in the east end of the city, the Botanical Gardens is part of the Espace pour la vie network, which includes the Biodôme, the Insectarium and the Planetarium – all amazing spaces for family outings. Surrounded by the vast Parc Maisonneuve (which itself is crisscrossed with walking and biking trails), the Botanical Gardens offers sprawling outdoor gardens organized according to themes like Japanese Garden, Perennial Garden, Shrub Garden and First Nations Garden. Of particular interest educationally are the Toxic Plant Garden and the Tropical Fruit Garden – kids love both. In addition to special events organized year-round, like the stunning Chinese lantern festival that takes over the Chinese Garden every fall, there are miles and miles of greenhouses enabling winter fun for those who shy away from the cold.
Photo: Susan Moss