Spring is one of the best times of the year to visit Montreal. The weather is warmer, the days are longer and the landscape is turning green.
Montreal’s Morgan Arboretum is a great place to explore this spring. It is home to a spectacular collection of trees, shrubs, plants and wildlife.
Visitors can see most of Quebec’s native trees like junipers, cedars, birch, maple and oaks as well as a variety of more exotic trees like cork and ginkgo. In spring, the apple, pear and magnolia trees are a spectacular sight as they come into full bloom.
The Arboretum is a great place to go birding. It is home to about 180 species of birds including owls, raptures, ducks, cardinals, grouse, woodpeckers and more. Here is a list of birds found in the Arboretum and where in the reserve they can be found.
A variety of animals can be seen roaming The Arboretum including deer, fox, coyotes, ermine, and rabbits.
One of the most interesting things to do at the Arboretum is to visit the sugar shack. Visitors can see the process of how maple sugar is made from the tapping of the maple trees for sap to canning the final product. Maple syrup made at the Arboretum is available for purchase.
The Morgan Arboretum offers 25 km of trails for walking, skiing, and 245 hectares of forest to explore. Trail maps are available at the visitor center as well as on their website.
The Morgan Arboretum is located on McGill University’s Macdonald Campus. There is a $5 visitor’s fee ($3 for students) and is open daily.