Canada’s gardens are in the midst of their last spectacular blaze of glory before they hunker down for the winter season.
Many people, especially photographers, consider fall the best time to visit gardens and parks. The quality of light intensifies the colours of autumn flowers; bees, butterflies and hummingbirds flit hither and yon in search for the last of the season’s nectars; gardens are less crowded than during the summer and the cooler weather makes it much more comfortable to spend time ambling through garden pathways. It’s also a terrific time to get great ideas for your own garden and then turn those ideas into reality at the wonderful fall sales at your local garden centres.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for something that will feed your mind as well as your senses, most public gardens have full autumn programs of lectures and special events for both kids and adults. Just visit the website of your nearest garden for all the details.
Canada’s Garden Route is the most comprehensive listing of Canadian gardens and garden experiences. If you’re planning to stop in and visit some of the finest examples of horticulture the country has to offer – this is the website that will help you find the perfect garden experience you’re looking for.
You can search for gardens by name, category, province or city. Just click on the link that best suits your purposes.
Canada’s garden experiences look forward to welcoming all visitors, whether you come from across town or from around the world.
Choose from one of the garden experience categories in the map legend below to view the listings in that category.
Canada's Garden Route Spokesperson
Author of "A Garden Lover's Guide to Canada"
Getting someone to visit a garden in summer is a snap: we all know gardens are striking in the summer months, with flowers galore. But what about fall? Garden visitors diminish with falling temperatures, as if they’re convinced the show is over as of Labour Day. But it isn’t. There’s still plenty to see in Canada’s public gardens right up until snowfall and even beyond.