In Spring, Butterflies Go Free at Montreal Botanical Garden

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Botanical Garden Montreal

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Butterflies Go Free

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Butterflies Go Free

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Tropical Plant in the Greenhouse

Would you believe that butterflies let you know it’s spring in Montreal?

Every year since 1997, the “Butterflies Go Free” exhibit is the first sign spring here! It takes place every March and April at the Botanical Garden at Espace pour la Vie.

This exhibit has become a kind of tradition for our family when spring arrives. As the snow melts to slush outside this tropical greenhouse, colorful butterflies flutter around everywhere showing the signs of things new. An event that’s hugely popular with both kids and adults.

It’s so much fun to see them flying all around you, landing on colorful fragrant flowers, or even on your shoulder! To be able to experience that I suggest wearing colorful clothes to attract them! You’ll find yourself lost among 75 different species in all, and a cloud of about 2,000 butterflies.

If you’d like to find out more about butterflies (their lifecycle, reproduction, feeding, etc.), look out for the nature interpreters who’ll be happy to answer all of your questions.

The rest of the greenhouse is amazing too and really worth seeing, with tropical plants, cactus, bonsai trees… It’s like a day trip to southern Canada to me!

Follow our lead and take the opportunity to go for a nice walk in the garden, looking for the first flowers to bloom, and watch the ducks playing with the melting ice on the lake. Taking a nap on a famous Adirondack chair somewhere in the garden will make you feel like you’re lost in the countryside, even though you’re still in downtown Montreal!

If you’re hungry and looking for lunch nearby, the easiest is the terrace of the Botanical Garden Restaurant (if the weather is nice enough!).

It goes without saying that it’s usually very busy, especially at this time of the year. You might also have to queue too, which means there may be a lot of people in the greenhouse.

Trust me though, it’s really worth it if you are a nature lover! And especially if you can’t wait for spring to appear!

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