Jardin Botanique

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The Insectarium houses an intriguing collection of creepy crawlies. Reopening in early 2021 after two years of remodeling, most of its 250,000 specimens are dead and mounted, but there will now be an expanded section with living species (including tarantulas, bees and scorpions) alongside plants in the Vivarium.

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1. Jardin Botanique


Montréal’s Jardin Botanique is the third-largest botanical garden in the world, after London’s Kew Gardens and Berlin’s Botanischer Garten.

2. Olympic Stadium

0.25 MILES

The Olympic Stadium seats 56,000 and remains an architectural marvel. Nowadays it hosts mostly concerts and trade shows, though in preparation for the…

3. Château Dufresne


In 1916 brothers Oscar and Marius Dufresne commissioned this beautiful beaux-arts mansion, along the lines of the Versailles Palace in France. The…

4. Planétarium

0.38 MILES

Opened in 2013, these futuristic metallic buildings bring a bit of the cosmos to Montréal, courtesy of two high-tech domed theaters and interactive…

5. Biodôme

0.38 MILES

At this captivating exhibit you can amble through a rainforest, explore Antarctic islands, view rolling woodlands, take in aquatic life in the Gulf of St…

6. Parc La Fontaine

2.24 MILES

At 34 hectares, this great verdant municipal park is the city’s third largest, after Parc du Mont-Royal and Parc Maisonneuve. In the warmer months weary…

8. La Ronde


Québec’s largest amusement park, La Ronde has a battery of impressive rides, including Le Monstre, the world’s highest double wooden roller coaster, and…