Returning from Montreal we went from unseasonably high temperatures in Canada (mid-80’s) to unseasonably low in Oregon (upper 40’s). It was overcast the first few days back but when the skies cleared there was a new blanket of snow over the mountains.
It has since warmed up a bit and much of the snow has melted, but it is just a glimpse of what we have ahead of us.
Every year, from early September to the end of October, the botanical garden in Montreal lights up for the Jardin de Lumière, or Garden of Light. A lighted path takes you through the Chinese Garden, the First Nations Garden, and the Japanese Garden.
We navigated our way to the gardens using the Metro which was easy to use once we figured out how to get our tickets. After a short walk from the Metro station we arrived at the gardens.
It was unseasonably warm, very humid and crowded. The Chinese Garden was by far the most spectacular and at times it was difficult to navigate through the garden because of the crowd. The Chinese dragon was the star of the Chinese Garden and was accompanied by its nine offspring. Red-crowned cranes were flying around them, symbolizing the longevity of the friendship between Montréal and Shanghai. But once we got through the Chinese garden there were fewer people.
I didn’t get any photos of the First Nations garden which illuminated the Sacred Tree, a giant poplar, with different colors representing the Circle of Life.
The Japanese Garden emphasizes the elegance of the pavilions and the harmony of the site.
We thoroughly enjoyed the gardens and I would love to visit it during the day sometime and see all of the gardens.
The Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal is probably one of the most popular attractions in Montreal. It is open to the public when church is not in service or when special events re taking place for a nominal fee. We were able to spend some time in the cathedral to wander around and take photos.
The cathedral is large – it can hold 4,000 people. It is hard to describe the beauty of the interior of this church. The pipe organ is gorgeous and I can only imagine what it would sound like.
Just as a note, this is the church where Celine Dion was married. What a magnificent venue for a wedding.