Province/Territory: Quebec

Nature becomes sculpture at this renowned international garden festival.

  • 20 conceptual gardens
  • 06 new international designs in bloom
  • 3000 plant species

Imagine sunlight shimmering through trees, singing chickadees, the perfumed scent of wildflowers as you wind down a river path. Now let your imagination go wild. Because every summer, the renowned International Garden Festival at Jardin de Métis presents 20 vivid and wildly conceptual gardens created by some of the world’s most provocative designers. Sniff, savour, and delight in nature transformed into sculpture.

These are no predictable, matronly flowerbeds. With the smell of spruce forest in the air, you can touch gardens that become secret passageways. Experience the whimsy of nature before sacred wooden altars, sit alongside a glorious pink treescape, plant ideas in a tiny herb garden. Think of yourself as a painter before a gorgeous living canvas in full bloom.

Why you should visit
  • See wild conceptual gardens by some of the world’s finest landscape architects, designers and architects.
  • Touch and even taste colourful and leafy displays of remarkable beauty and boldness.
  • Explore the surrounding historic gardens with pathways of primula and azaleas, alpine flowers, scented woodlands, and even a crabapple garden.
  • Catch famous blue poppies in bloom from mid-June to mid-July.
  • Enjoy fine dining at historic Estevan Lodge, featuring fresh-picked garden herbs and a menu of edible flowers.
  • Pick up gourmet goods from wild blueberry and lavender spread, to fiddleheads soaked in wine vinegar.
  • Garden Packages include unique enticing combinations of seaside lodging, local dining, art galleries and gardens.
  • On Sunday summer afternoons, enjoy a musical brunch, pairing regional products with local live music.

Weather

  • The Quebec Maritime region is an expansive stretch of coastline, white-sand beaches, cliffs, and charming villages. High season in mid-June to September brings sea kayaking, whale watching, biking, mountain ranges to explore and a lighthouse route. Spring, from late March to early June, marks the start of the fishing season and is generally quieter with milder temperatures. Expect snow from November to early March, when skiing, skating, snowmobiling, and ice fishing adventures abound.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada’s Canadian Climate Normals Website.
Visitor information
  • Admission Fees.
  • The gardens are open every day  from from June to late September or early October.
  • International Garden Festival runs from June to late September or early October.
  • On-site cafés, gift shop and restaurant.
  • Festival booklets are available in both French and English.
  • Every Sunday in summer, the lodge offers musical brunches and English tea parties.
When to go
  • Summer (mid-June to early September) is an ideal time to enjoy the gardens and International Garden Festival.
  • You'll find the famous Himalayan Blue Poppy in bloom from mid-June to mid-July at the gardens.
  • Experience the wonders of this stunning coastal region during Quebec's whale watching season from May through October.
  • From Grand-Métis you can visit parklands, enjoy wildlife viewing, fishing, and hiking in the mountainous and vibrant Gaspésie region of Quebec.
Need to know
  • Allow one to three hours to tour the gardens, with another hour to explore the Festival.
  • Guided tours are available for an additional fee.
  • Site is wheelchair accessible. Reserve your free wheelchair in advance.
  • Group prices offered for groups of 15 or more.
Getting Here
  • The gardens are located in Grand-Métis, on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, mid-way between the cities of Rimouski and Matane.
  • The gardens are easily accessible by road, bus, train, air, and ferry.
  • You'll find the gardens a ten-minute drive from the regional airport in Mont-Joli. Daily flight service to Mont-Joli operates from Québec City and Saint-Hubert during the week.