What to do now - Garden-Inspired Travel

Plan a road trip to Montreal

By
Tara Nolan
Photography by
Emilie Simpson (illustration)

It's "the summer of gardens" as the largest horticultural exhibition in the world returns


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1. DO
Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal
Montreal Botanical Garden, 4101 Sherbrooke St. E.
Life-sized is an understatement when it comes to describing the scale of the plant sculptures that will be on display at the Montreal Botanical Garden as part of Mosaïcultures Internationales (June 22 to September 29). Representatives from 50 cities have created installations reflecting one of six themes and showcasing their respective cultures.

2. SEE
The Dale Chihuly exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

1380 Sherbrooke St. W.
An exhibit of nature-inspired glass sculptures by artist Dale Chihuly will be on display at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from June 8 to October 20.

3. SHOP
Atwater Market
138 Atwater Ave.
Situated beside the Lachine Canal bike path, this market’s been open since 1933 and features flower stalls, as well as produce from local farms and other specialty boutiques.

4. EAT & DRINK
Dominion Square Tavern
1243 Metcalfe St.
Don’t be deterred by this seemingly hipster hangout. The food is fantastic—sophisticated updates to traditional pub grub, plus fun retro cocktails—and the vintage ambience attracts a diverse crowd of all ages.

5. STAY
Le Saint-Sulpice
414 Saint-Sulpice St.
This charming hotel is well situated so you can stroll around the Old Port (which was actually the location of the inaugural Mosaïcultures Internationales), rent a Bixi bike and pedal along the waterfront or hop on the subway to explore the city.

DOWNLOAD
Gardens in DistrictMontreal app

Put on your walking shoes and create your own garden tour of hidden (and not-so-hidden) downtown parks and gardens. This app, also available as a booklet, provides a map with helpful descriptions. Check the website to find out where to pick up the booklet.

 

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