Montreal Botanical Garden

In close proximity to the Olympic Park, the Montreal Botanical Garden is one of the largest of its kind, home to over 22,000 plant species and roughly 30 exquisitely mapped out gardens, making it well worth a visit any time of year. Begun in 1931 in the midst of a financial crisis in the city, the Garden provided work for thousands of unemployed Montrealers and has since developed into a popular tourist attraction, with its astounding array of plants and trees. An array of interesting sights and sounds await the visitor, including the Tree House (highlighting the important role of trees in our lives), a First Nations Garden (illustrating the interaction of Inuit and Amerindians with nature), a Chinese Garden, the Quebec Butterfly House, a Medicinal Plant Garden, Planetarium and so much more.

Address: 4101 Sherbrooke East Street

Website: www.ville.montreal.qc.ca/jardin

Telephone: (514) 872 1400

Transport: Metro to Pie-IX station

Opening times: Open Tuesday to Sunday, from 9am to 5pm (1 November to 14 May); Open daily, from 9am to 6pm (15 May to 8 September)

Admission: 1 November to 14 May: C$14 (adults); C$7 (youths). 15 May to 31 October: C$16.50 (adults); C$8.25 (youths). Concessions are available