The Reford Gardens (Les Jardins de Métis) are recognized as one of Canada’s outstanding gardens. A national historic site, they are the creation of a passionate gardener and plant lover, Elsie Reford.
Visitors to this verdant domain of more 200 acres can admire the splendours of some 3,000 species and varieties of native and exotic plants. One of the highlights of any visit is Estevan Lodge, the 1887 house built by Lord Mount Stephen as a fishing retreat. Today, it welcomes visitors to its dining rooms, exhibitions and museum. The museum explores the story of Elsie Reford and of her passion for salmon-fishing and gardening. At lunch time, enjoy a meal of local delicacies in sumptuous surroundings. On Sundays, throughout the summer, the Villa hosts Sunday brunch and afternoon tea.
Attractions: Historic gardens, the International Garden Festival, sculpture walk in the gardens, museum, temporary exhibitions, access to the St. Lawrence River.
Food services: dining room in the Estevan Lodge, cafés, terrace and picnic areas. Brunch and afternoon tea on Sundays.
Shopping: Garden shop and gift shop.
Other services: Wheelchairs (reservations recommended) and umbrellas available free of charge.
Hours: Open every day from early June to late September. Gardens open at 8:30 am and close at 6 pm in June and September (last admission at 5 pm) and 8 pm in July and August (last admission at 6 pm).
Admission: Admission fees. Free for children 13 and under. Accommodation packages available.