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Montreal's Botanical Garden is now open to explore for the winter season

Pack a thermos, bundle up and go explore the gardens when they're covered in fresh snowfall.

JP Karwacki
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JP Karwacki

With Montrealers being permitted—if not encouraged—to not remain cooped up indoors during the upcoming lockdown on December 25, Montreal's Botanical Garden has announced that it is open for exploration every day of the week from 7:30am to 5pm with no reservations required, only closing for December 24 and 25. 

The greenhouses, along with all the other indoor spaces around it like the museums will remain closed.

Social-distancing measures are in effect and wearing a face covering is obligatory for washrooms (accessible by the Reception Centre), but once the next fresh snowfall hits the ground? The gardens will be a great place to revisit by foot or with cross-country skis if there's enough snow on the ground (no snowshoeing, however). 

"I'm very happy to announce that the outdoor paths of the Botanical Garden are now reopened," mayor Valerie Plante announced on Twitter. "We will be able to take advantage of the holidays outside, respecting the sanitary measures, in addition to taking advantage of the winter programming offered in several parks."

It's beginning to look like Montrealers won't have an excuse to stay indoors the entire time this winter—you soon won't be able to say "but it's 2020" anymore. Get off your ass and enjoy some nature when you can, especially when it's coated in virgin snow.

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