The Best Hidden Gems of Montreal

We dug deep and wide to find our favourite diamonds in the rough in Montreal, those places only insiders might know and are worth visiting.

Image by Natalie Taylor.

Image by Natalie Taylor.

Westmount Greenhouse

The Westmount neighbourhood is home to some of the wealthiest homes in Montreal but it’s also home to some of the best greenspace. The best way to explore the area if you’re not driving and want a workout is to grab a Bixi from Vendome station and bike over to Westmount Park. Through the beautiful ponds and bike trail to the north end of the park, you can drop your Bixi off right near the Greenhouse and flower conservatory, a magical oasis in the middle of the city. Built in 1927 and restored by architectural firm, Beaupré & Michaud in 2005, the greenhouse is home to banana trees, orchids, and a green olive tree amongst many other plants. There are even three full time gardeners who maintain the space. Whether you’re catching up with a friend at one of the wrought iron tables, reading a book on the bench, reflecting in front of the small waterfall, or staging a photoshoot on the mini-bridge or in front of the bronze angel in front of the fountain, it’s a place in Montreal you’ll never forget. The best part? It’s free!

Where to Find:
Westmount Greenhouse
4624 Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal
westmount.org