Gardens of Light

September 6 to October 31, 2019

Science and nature
Le Quartier Olympique

Inspired by the ancient Chinese tradition, this fall event has been enchanting us since its creation. Glittering lanterns of various shapes illuminate the Chinese Garden and the eyes of thousands of visitors who come to enjoy the magical spectacle.

Artisans in the Shanghai region make each lantern by hand, following the technical drawings designed here, in Montréal. It takes over a month to set up this marvelous decor that uses a green technology to light the lanterns.

This year, the lanterns evoke the founding myths of this millennia-old civilization. The legend of Pangu tells how, before the world formed, the universe was like a giant egg combining the Earth and the Sky. You’re sure to be charmed by this imaginary cosmos inhabited by unusual creatures and a bestiary illustrating the origins of the Chinese people and the nature and beings that surround them.

This autumn event sets the three cultural gardens at the Botanical Garden all aglow. While the Chinese Garden displays its traditional lanterns and shares with you a fabulous tale, the Japanese Garden leads you along a meditative illuminated path inspired by the seasons, and the First Nations Garden features an intense multimedia experience that lets you feel the beating heart of the Cycle of Life.

For an even more enchanting visit, plan to arrive in the late afternoon to admire the blooms and fall colours.


Sep 7 to Oct 31, 2018: Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri, Sat, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.


Fixed-time tickets.


$16 to $21

Montréal Botanical Garden
4101 Sherbrooke Street East
Montréal, QC

Le Quartier Olympique
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