The Botanical Gardens set to reopen

As of June 15, the outdoor gardens will reopen and access will be free for kids 17 and younger until August 31.

Photo credit: © Espace pour la vie (Claude Lafond

As of June 15, the outdoor gardens of the Botanical Gardens will be reopening after being closed for 13 weeks and access will be free for kids 17 and younger until Aug. 31. The indoor greenhouses and indoor pavilions will remain closed. Activities in the Chinese and Japanese Gardens will begin on June 30.

There will be some changes in order to follow the province’s sanitary and social distancing regulations. For example, the new heath rules have forced the cancellations of some of the summer activities and a lighter program will be offered in July and August.

For example, as of June 30, families can enjoy the Urban Vegetable Garden; with the help of animators, kids can learn how to plant vegetables for any size garden. It will be open every day from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Also, children will be able to learn about the nomad way of life in The First Nations Garden, where they will be in a race to find images hidden in the trees. Once they find the images, animators will explain the important qualities the objects in the images portray. Also, the kids will also receive a pattern from objects used by Aboriginals, such as a moccasin, so they can draw it and learn about its multiples uses.

Visitors can also learn how to do origami in the Japanese Garden every day at 11:30 p.m. and at 12:30 p.m. as of June 30.  In the Chinese garden, visitors can stroll through the heart of landscape painting and discover the sources of inspiration that Chinese artists draw from their traditional gardens. Families can practice Chinese calligraphy on the terrace of the Friendship Pavilion using a large brush dipped in water.

The number of visitors who can enter at one time will be reduced. Visitors are encouraged to reserve a time slot for their visit before leaving their house. Tickets will be available as of June 11 and can be purchased online by clicking here.

All visitors are advised to wear a mask, although it won’t be mandatory. When they arrive, visitors will be asked a few health questions. Everyone must keep a two metre distance from other visitors who aren’t in their immediate family. Hand cleaning stations will be available throughout the site and the restaurant and gift shop will be gradually reopening during the summer.

The opening hours will be Sunday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Note: There is no timetable for reopening the Planetarium. The Biodome’s renovation has resumed and a date for reopening will be set by the end of the summer. The Insectarium will reopen in 2021.

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