Butterflies Go Free 2015 at the Montreal Botanical Gardens

The Montréal Botanical Gardens does an impressive job of putting together different exhibits throughout the year to attract new visitors and keep them coming back for more.

Last fall we visited after dark, for the Gardens of Light exhibit in the Chinese and Japanese pavilions.

This spring they’ve come up with another wonderful idea that ties in nicely with the season of rebirth. Their Butterflies Go Free which runs until April 26th offers visitors an opportunity to see a wide variety of butterflies and moths that they would never get to see up-close and personal in their everyday lives.

Thousands of butterflies, encompassing several dozen species have been released in one of the main greenhouses and visitors can stroll along to marvel at the amazing range of sizes, shapes, and colors that these magical creatures come in. It’s a great way to introduce children to the wonders of the natural world and it’s an awful lot of fun for grown-ups too.

The gardens are closed on Mondays until May 14th so the exhibit is open 6 days a week from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. The entrance fee includes access to all of the indoor flower and plant exhibits as well as the neighboring Insectarium. Plan to arrive early on weekends to avoid line-ups.

The Montreal Botanical Gardens is located at the corner of Sherbrooke St. East and Blvd. Pie-IX right across from the Olympic Stadium. On-site parking is $12.50 for the day. For public transit users, take the 139 bus north 2 stops up the hill from the Pie-IX Metro station.

Complete details can be found on their website here: Butterflies Go Free. If you do go, a recommendation that worked for us to attract butterflies to you, is to wear brightly colored clothing.

Here are some of my favorite pics from our recent visit:

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Thanks for looking 🙂

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World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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22 Responses to Butterflies Go Free 2015 at the Montreal Botanical Gardens

  1. joyezeka says:

    I do love butterflies, I had someone make some for me with pegs so I could pin them around the room like real butterflies perching around. Beautiful Pictures Norm!

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  2. heatherjacksonwrites says:

    I visited the Botanical Gardens the last time I was in Montreal. Beautiful place! I went in the fall, though, so no butterflies. Beautiful photos, Norm!

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  3. Lovely pictures but for the stand out one is the blue butterfly on the purple – the colours compliment each other perfectly!

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  4. shawn says:

    Great shots Norm! I’ve tried shooting butterflies before and it can be tough. They don’t like to stay in one place very long. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Sabina says:

    What a lovely gallery of images, Norm! My favorite is the bright blue butterfly with the purpleish leaves.

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  6. prior says:

    such a splendid post – and the butterfly on the shirt (4th one from the bottom) is my fav – for the imperfect butterfly and just shows how up close and personal they were. wonderful.,

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  7. joannesisco says:

    What a wonderful idea! I remember going to the botanical gardens in Montreal many, many years ago and thought it was quite impressive. I can only imagine the delight with all the butterflies.
    I LOVED the photo with the purple leaves and blue butterfly. Gorgeous!

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  8. Robin says:

    They are all so beautiful. 🙂

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  9. reocochran says:

    We have a butterfly room in our Franklin County Conservatory. It looks like your Montreal Botanical Gardens is very beautiful and so lovely of you to share.

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  10. Ruth says:

    Beautiful butterflies 🙂

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  11. Kamila Pala says:

    Wonderful virtual tour! I enjoyed a lot and thanks for sharing. Bye. Kamila

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