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Reford Gardens

Jardins de Métis
Photo: Louise Tanguay
  • Reford Gardens
  • Passionate gardener Elsie Reford, who created the Reford Gardens
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  • Chef Pierre-Olivier Ferry, Reford Gardens<br />
  • Long Walk, Reford Gardens<br />
  • Azalea Walk, Reford Gardens<br />
  • Blue Poppy Glade, Reford Gardens<br />
  • Estevan Lodge Restaurant<br />
  • Yellow carrot salad, Estevan Lodge, Reford Gardens<br />
  • Reford Gardens
  • Estevan Lodge, Reford Gardens<br />
  • Long Walk, Reford Gardens<br />
  • Blue poppies, Reford Gardens<br />
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  • A spoonful of blooms, Estevan Lodge, Reford Gardens<br />
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Recognized as one of the wonders of Québec and one of the largest gardens in North America, the Reford Gardens are a paradise of natural beauty located on the shores of the St. Lawrence. The Gardens have much to offer visitors of all ages: floral displays, an art walk, exhibits, culinary experiences and conceptual installations showcased during the International Garden Festival. Some 3000 species and varieties of plants, including the famous Himalayan blue poppy, can be found in over a dozen gardens. Estevan Lodge, which was built in 1887, presents a permanent exhibit on the summer stays of Elsie Reford (who created the gardens from 1926 to 1958) and her family. Be sure to visit Elsie’s vegetable garden and the museum of gardening tools. To fully savour your visit, you are invited to taste the bounty of the Gardens in the restaurant, at one of the cafés or with a selection of products prepared at the Gardens, which you can take home with you.

Read the testimonial about the Reford Gardens!

Opening dates
From May 31 to September 28
Schedule
June and September: from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last admission at 5 p.m.). July and August: from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (last admission at 6 p.m.).
Cost
Admission fees. Free for children under 13. Packages available at various local lodging establishments.
Reservations
Required for groups
Payment methods
  • Cash Cash
  • American Express American Express
  • Interac Interac
  • MasterCard MasterCard
  • Visa Visa
Activities available in summer
Arts and Crafts
The Garden Shop offers a vast selection of gardening books in French and English as well as specially selected seeds. The Gift Shop showcases the works of local artisans.
Gardens and Natural Science
Recognized as one of the wonders of Québec and one of the largest gardens in North America, the Reford Gardens are a paradise of natural beauty located on the shores of the St. Lawrence.
Guided Tours
Guided tours of the gardens are offered twice at day in high season. Please contact us to reserve your tour.
Maritime Heritage
One of the highlights of any visit is Estevan Lodge, the 1887 house built by Lord Mount Stephen as a fishing retreat that later became Elsie Reford’s summer home. Be sure to also visit the museum.
Museums
An exhibit at Estevan Lodge presents various objects that belonged to Elsie Reford along with photos taken by Robert Wilson Reford. It gives visitors a glimpse into their lives, as well as those of the servants, fishing guides and gardeners.
Regional Cuisine
The Reford Gardens have developed a new line of speciality gourmet products using aromatic plants and herbs with subtle and unusual flavours. Nine products are now available in the Culinary Delight line. Try them all!
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Services
  • Picnic area
  • Boutique
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Conference/meeting room
  • Free parking
How to get there
The Reford Gardens are located in Grand-Métis, on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, midway between Rimouski and Matane.

Getting there by car

Driving from the west: Take Highway 20 until it ends at Cacouna, then head east on Route 132. Continue on Highway 20 until you reach the end of this highway, then pick up Route 132 again and follow the tourist signs for “Jardins de Métis” (Reford Gardens).

Driving from the east: From Percé, take Route 132 along the St. Lawrence River. After Matane, follow the tourist signs for “Jardins de Métis” (Reford Gardens).

Driving from the south: From Campbellton, take Route 132 West. After Mont-Joli, follow the tourist signs for “Jardins de Métis” (Reford Gardens).

Getting there by bus

A bus departs daily from Québec City and Montréal (with stops in Rimouski and Rivière-du-Loup) to Mont-Joli.

Orléans Express: www.orleansexpress.com or 1-888-999-3977

Getting there by train

Trains run from Montréal and Halifax to Mont-Joli.

Via Rail: www.viarail.ca or 1-800-361-5390 / 1-888-VIA-RAIL

Getting there by plane

The Reford Gardens are a 10-minute drive from the Mont-Joli airport.

Air Canada (Air Canada Jazz): www.aircanada.ca) or 1-888-247-2262
Pascan Aviation: www.pascan.com or 1-888-313-8777

Getting there by ferry

Four (4) ferries link the two shores, making the Reford Gardens easily accessible for travellers coming from the north shore of the St. Lawrence River.

Matane–Baie-Comeau–Godbout
Phone: 1 877 562-6560
Website: www.traversiers.gouv.qc.ca

Forestville–Rimouski
Phone: 1 877 973-2725
Website: www.traversier.com

Trois-Pistoles–Les Escoumins 
Phone: 1-877-851-4677
Website: www.traversiercnb.ca

Saint-Siméon–Rivière-du-Loup
Phone: 418-862-9545
Rates: 418-862-5094
Website: www.traverserdl.com
Affiliations and distinctions
Affiliations
  • Tourisme Gaspésie
  • Must-See Attractions Gaspésie
  • Tourisme Mitis
  • Québec Gardens' Association
  • Canada's Garden Route

Distinctions
2013
  • 5 Blooms and a Special Mention for Exceptional Floral Diversity
    
Awarded in the “Special Attractions” category (national edition) by Communities
    
in Bloom
2012
  • Production and Processing Award
    
Awarded for the Reford Gardens’ gourmet products at the La Mitis Business Gala
  • Most Imaginative Garden Design Award
    
Awarded for asensio_mah’s Surface Deep garden by Canada Blooms in Toronto
  • Named a Bas-Saint-Laurent Wonder and the 11th Wonder of Québec
    
According to a Léger Marketing / Journal de Montréal – Journal de Québec
     survey
  • 5 Blooms and a Special Mention for Excellence in Horticultural Design and Maintenance
    
Awarded in the “Special Attractions” category (national edition) by Communities
     in Bloom
2011
  • 5 Blooms and a Special Mention for the Integration of Art and Sculptures
    
Awarded in the “Special Attractions” category (national edition) by Communities
     in Bloom
  • Garden Tourism Person of the Year (Canadian Garden Tourism Awards)
    
Awarded to Alexander Reford for his work promoting gardens as a tourism                    attraction by Canada’s Garden Tourism Conference
2010
  • Coalition BOIS Québec Prize (Cecobois Excellence Awards)
    
Awarded to the Reford Gardens for their strong commitment to supporting greater
     use of wood in non-residential construction
  • 5 Blooms and a Special Mention for Excellence in Horticultural Design and Maintenance
    
Awarded in the “Special Attractions” category (national edition) by Communities
     in Bloom
  • Bas-Saint-Laurent Heritage Prize (La Mitis region)
    
Awarded in the “Preservation, Restoration and Conservation” category for the
     quality of the gardens and their impact on the local environment
2009
  • Henry-Teuscher Prize
    
Awarded to Elsie Reford (posthumously) and Alexander Reford for their
     exceptional contribution to horticulture in Québec by the Montreal Botanical
     Garden
  • Frederick-Todd Prize
    
Awarded to Alexander Reford by the Québec Association of Landscape
     Architects (AAPQ) for his contribution to promoting landscape architecture
  • 5 Blooms and a Special Mention for Leadership in Horticulture Promotion and Awareness
    
Awarded in the “Special Attractions” category (national edition) by Communities
    
in Bloom
  • One of the 25 great gardens of America
    
Featured in the book Great Gardens of America by leading garden historian Tim
    
Richardson
2008
  • Québec Tourism Award (Grand Prix du tourisme québécois)
    
Awarded in the “Restaurant – Tourism Development” category (regional level)
  • One of the top design shows in 2008: International Garden Festival
    
According to British magazine Gardens Illustrated
  • Visionary designers
    
7 designers who participated in the International Garden Festival featured in
     Avant Gardeners: 50 Visionaries of the Contemporary Landscape by Tim
     Richardson
  • Best of Québec: Québec’s most beautiful gardens
    
Selected by Reader’s Digest
2007
  • Hector-Fabre Prize
    
Awarded to the International Garden Festival in recognition of its outstanding
     achievement in promoting the region and Québec internationally by the Québec
     Ministry of International Relations
  • One of Québec’s eight monumental works
    
According to the La Presse newspaper (June 16, 2007)
  • One of 23 Canadian gardens to see before you die
    
Featured in the book 1001 Gardens You Must See Before You Die edited by Rae
     Spencer-Jones
  • Top of the list of “10 best contemporary gardens in Canada”
    
According to the Ottawa Citizen (December 29, 2007)
2005
  • One of the Top 100 Events in North America: International Garden Festival
    
Selected by the American Bus Association
  • Coup d’Éclat Award
    
Awarded to the Reford Gardens for their booklet of 45 postcards of contemporary
     gardens by the Québec Tourist Attractions Society (SATQ) and Festivals and
     Events Québec (FEQ)
2004
  • Hommage Prize
    
Awarded to Alexander Reford, founder of the International Garden Festival, for his
     exceptional contribution to Québec festivals and events by Festivals and Events
     Québec (FEQ)
2003
  • Coup d’Éclat Award
    
Awarded to the Reford Gardens for the quality of their printed materials by the
     Québec Tourist Attractions Society (SATQ) and Festivals and Events Québec
     (FEQ)
2002
  • National Attractions Canada Award
    
Awarded in the “Outdoor Landscaped Site (annual operating budget under
     $1 million)” category
  • Bronze Québec Tourism Award
    
Awarded in the “Tourist Attraction over 100,000 Visitors” category (national level)
  • Silver People’s Choice Award at the Québec Tourism Awards
    
For the first time, the public was invited to vote online for their favourite among the
     regional winners
  • Excellence Prize: International Garden Festival
    
Awarded by the Société des musées québécois in recognition of museum
     excellence
  • Silver National Post Design Exchange Award
    
Awarded in the “Environment” category for the gardens in the 4th edition of the
     International Garden Festival
2001
  • Attractions Canada Award for Québec
    
Awarded to the International Garden Festival in the “Cultural Event” category
  • National Honour Award of Excellence
    
Awarded for Claude Cormier’s Blue Stick Garden by the Canadian Society of
     Landscape Architects
  • Honorary Membership in the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects
    
Awarded to Alexander Reford for his exceptional contribution to the restoration,
     conservation and development of the Reford Gardens
2000
  • Canada’s Top 40 Under 40
     Awarded to Alexander Reford, Director and President of the Reford Gardens
  • Gold Québec Tourism Award
     Awarded in the “Tourist Attraction under 100,000 Visitors” category (national level)

Activities

Opening dates
From May 31 to September 28
Schedule
June and September: from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last admission at 5 p.m.). July and August: from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (last admission at 6 p.m.).
Cost
Admission fees. Free for children under 13. Packages available at various local lodging establishments.
Reservations
Required for groups
Payment methods
  • Cash
  • American Express
  • Interac
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Contact
200, route 132
Grand-Métis (Quebec) Canada
G0J 1Z0
Phone: 418 775-2222
Fax: 418 775-6201

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