2024 Season

The Gardens will open on June 1st, until October 6, 2024.

The Festival will open on June 22, until October 6, 2024.

Map and directions


The Gardens are located on route 132 in Grand-Métis, on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, mid-way between Rimouski and Matane.

Road access

From west: Take Highway 20 until the end of Highway 20 in Trois-Pistoles. Then follow Route 132 to the east. You will return to Highway 20 after the Bic municipality to Mont-Joli. Take Route 132 and follow signs to the Reford Gardens.

From east: From Percé, follow Route 132 along the St. Lawrence River. After the town of Matane, follow the blue tourist signs towards the Reford Gardens.

From south: From Campbellton, take Route 132 West. After Mont-Joli, follow the tourist signs to the Reford Gardens.

Access by bus

A daily service from Quebec City and Montreal, via Rivière-du-Loup and Rimouski, serves Mont-Joli. For more information, contact Orléans Express au 1 888 999-3977.

Rail access

A train service between Montreal and Halifax serves Mont-Joli three times a week. Contact Via Rail at 1-800-361-5390 or 1-888-VIA-RAIL for further information.

Airline access

The Gardens are located 10 minutes from the regional airport of Mont-Joli. The airport is served by flights from Air Canada from Montreal and Baie-Comeau. Contact Air Canada for more information.

Consult the website of the Mont-Joli Airport for information about other airlines that serve the airport.

Map of the gardens



Lodging near the gardens

Mitis area (+ / - 15km)

Region of Rimouski (+ / - 35km Ouest)

Self catering

Region of Matane (+ / - 35km Est)


Your most frequently asked questions

Les Jardins de Métis is located in Grand-Métis, Quebec, on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, about 350 kilometers (220 miles) East of Quebec City, halfway between Rimouski and Matane. You can also consult the Localisation pour plus d’informations

Les Jardins de Métis is easily accessible by road, by bus, by train and by plane.
For more information, seelocation.

Watch for tourist signs (blue signs) indicating "Les Jardins de Métis" along the road.
Consult the road map for the main road access roads. location.

The flowering of the blue poppies is spread over approximately one month, from the end of June to the end of July. It usually reaches its peak in the first two weeks of July.

Yes. Seeds are on sale at the horticultural shop. You can also order them through our Online Store.

It is suggested to make a reservation for the restaurant of Villa Estevan, however, Cafés welcome visitors all on days without reservation. If you wish to have a group meal you must make a reservation. You can contact us at 418 775-2222.

Les Jardins de Métis is administered by Les Amis des Jardins de Métis, a not-for-profit corporation recognized as a charitable organization. This organization is responsible for the preservation and development of the Métis Gardens.

Yes. The financial participation of our members allows us to maintain one of the most beautiful private gardens in the province and one of the attractions the most sought after tourist attractions in Quebec. For more information, see Donating.

Several books have been written by the great-grandson of Elsie Reford and current director of the Gardens, Alexander Reford.                       The Jardins de Métis guide (Les Éditions de L'Homme, 2005) presents both the history and the horticultural riches of this domain.                       The book Jardins de Métis: The Paradise of Elsie Reford (Les Éditions de l'Homme, 2004) draws a portrait of the development of the Jardins de Métis.                       This book is illustrated with historical images as well as photographs of Louise Tanguay. Les belles de Métis: The Floral Heritage of Elsie Reford                       (Les Éditions de l'Homme, 2006), presents the celebrities of the collection of gardens such as the famous blue poppy, gentians, ferns,                       Peonies, peonies, lilies, roses, primroses, azaleas and sanguinaires. The book brings a complete portrait with                       Archives of photographs and documents. The publications are available online, at the horticultural shop as well as in most bookshops.                       You can also consult the History section for more information.

Since 2000, the International Garden Festival is a unique event in North America held annually at the Jardins de Métis site, from the end of June until the site closes.

The Festival is a must-see for all lovers of nature and culture who want to discover contemporary gardens made by renowned designers from around the world. Numerous entertainment activities on the theme of the garden (Workshops, conferences, exhibitions, shows, etc.) are added to the presentation of the contemporary gardens to complete the Festival's programming.

No, you can visit the Gardens without any reservation. However, groups of 15 or more must contact us to make a reservation.

The visit of the gardens generally takes between 1 hour 30 and 3 hours. The visit of the International Garden Festival takes about 1 hour.

The trails cover 1.6 kilometers (1 mile).

Yes. Some wheelchairs are available free of charge for visitors. However, it is recommended that you reserve an armchair before your visit by calling 418 775-2222. The Garden Trails are covered with compacted gravel, which makes them relatively easy to traverse. On the site, ramps facilitate access to the buildings. However, the museum, located on the first floor of Villa Estevan, is only accessible by using a staircase. As a result, it is less accessible to people with disabilities and reduced mobility.

Raincoats and umbrellas are available free on site, in limited quantities.

The guided tour is available for groups of 15 or more, upon reservation only. The cost is $ 25 per guide and includes a visit to the Historic Gardens and the International Garden Festival. One guide per group of 25 people is recommended.

Animals are not allowed inside the historic gardens or on the Festival site. The presence of pets is permitted only in the parking lot.

The restaurant of the Villa Estevan offers a table d'hôte lunch from Monday to Saturday, theme nights as well as a Sunday brunch, sometimes musical: watch our calendar of events. The Café Jardin and Café Boutique are open every day of the week and you offers light meals that you can enjoy on site. For more information, go to the Restore section.

There are many pleasures that can be enjoyed around the gardens. Within a radius of 10 kilometers, discover the Mitis River Park, art centers, inns, good restaurants, two golf courses, an equestrian center and a thalassotherapy center. The natural beauty of the area and the presence of several sites of interest will allow visitors to discover the pleasures of salmon fishing, ornithology as well as walks on the shore of the majestic St. Lawrence River. For more information about the attractions and activities of the region, visit the Tourisme Gaspésie website or obtain a copy of the Gaspésie Official Tourist Guide by phoning at 1-800-463-0323.

Several types of accommodation are available to you near the Gardens. Packages are also available from some partners. To obtain a copy of the Gaspésie Official Tourism Guide, call 1-800-463-0323 or visit the Tourisme Gaspésie website.