The botanical garden's café terrasse has created intriguing summer treats to enjoy while lounging among flora and fauna — rhubarb ice cream, a sea buckthorn slushie — which tastes sort of tangy, tropical and tart — and wild carrots.
A tour of the Japanese Garden offers views of carp and turtles in nearby ponds, along with the Enchanting Botanical Printsexhibition by artist Sandrine de Borman.
The First Nations Garden is offering a photography exhibition, Kuugaaluk: Along the traces of our forefathers, by anthropologist and Inuit Arctic specialist Lisa Qiluqqi Koperqualuk.
The planetarium's Origins exhibit is an interstellar selection of large-format photographs by Olivier Grunewald.
The planetarium is also offering the aurōrae screening, dissecting the aurora borealis from outer space to the Earth's core.
The new dome theatres are also showing a wide variety of films this summer.
At the biodome, the exhibition La preuve par l'image shows a series of photographs that illustrate scientific research of flora and fauna, taken by researchers — some from the insectarium in Montreal.
Every month, the biodome showcases one specific species or environment to discover in its ecosystems — this month, jellyfish are on display.
In July, the biodome will showcase the foreshore, which is the area between the low and high tide, and in August, it'll showcase flatfish.
The It's Time to Act exhibition at the exit of the biodome's ecosystems highlights concrete things that ordinary people, groups, businesses and governments across the world are doing to fight climate change and help the environment.
The Botanical Garden also costs $16.50 for Quebec residents. Again, no shade toward the Botanical garden (you're lovely and precious), but sometimes we want to enjoy the beauty of nature without having to pay for it.
Why You Need To Go: The Gardens were originally created during the International Floralies competition of 1980 and designed by renowned international landscape artists. Now, it's a stunning floral park to walk through.
Why You Need To Go: Montreal is blessed with city parks where beautiful flowers bloom. From La Fontaine to Angrignon, Maisonneuve to Jeanne-Mance and Westmount, you can see a variety of flowers in the city's parks, including tulips and water lilies.
The timing couldn't be better. With non-essential businesses set to close from December 25 until January 11, at least one of our most beautiful public places will be accessible to us, just as the city turns into a beautiful winter wonderland.