Gardens of Light


September 2 to October 31, 2016

Botanical Garden ticket counter extended hours

Fridays and Saturdays: 10 p.m.
October 7, 8 and 9: 11 p.m.

Please note that you can visit the site until one hour after the ticket counter closes.

9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
4101, rue Sherbrooke Est
Montréal, QC Canada
H1X 2B2

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The gardens are lit up at dusk, inviting visitors of all ages to stroll along the paths. While the multicoloured lanterns have a new story to tell this year, nature is decked out in surprising glowing hues.

Chinese Garden

Surrounded by bronze cranes and turtles, the illuminated lanterns recount the life of the Son of Heaven, the Chinese Emperor. Step into Beijing’s Forbidden City for a look at the key moments in the sovereign’s life, from his enthronement to his wedding.

Japanese Garden

The Japanese Garden, decked out in artistic lighting lends itself perfectly to peaceful contemplation. Luminous bamboo installations line the path with their soft glow, while the façade of the Japanese Pavilion comes to life thanks to an audiovisual projection inspired by sumi-e ink-wash painting, offering  a simple and elegant prelude to an evening visit.

Tips for a successful visit

  • To avoid the line-ups:
    • buy your tickets online
    • arrive after 8 p.m. on weekends
  • Use the on-site dining areas
  • Visit Gardens of Light early in the week
  • It’s easier to use a baby carrier than a stroller to get around the site

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Montréal Space for Life is extending the Botanical Garden’s hours for all weekends in October, starting Friday, September 30. Visitors will be able to buy tickets until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings and visit the site until one hour after the ticket counter closes. On Thanksgiving weekend, the ticket counter will stay open until 11 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.

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