Reford Gardens

200, route 132
Grand-Métis (Quebec) Canada
G0J 1Z0
Phone:
+418-775-2222
Fax:
+418-775-6201
Email:
info@jardinsdemetis.com

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A national historic site of Canada and a heritage site of Québec, the Reford Gardens are a must-see for anyone visiting Gaspésie or Bas-Saint-Laurent. A cultural space and tourist destination for over 50 years, the Reford Gardens provide visitors with varied multisensory experiences. Some 3000 species and varieties of plants, including the famous Himalayan blue poppy, can be found in over a dozen gardens. Estevan Lodge 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. You can also discover the edible plants and herbs that inspire the chef of the Estevan Lodge Restaurant.

Starting in late June, the International Garden Festival presents innovative contemporary gardens designed by landscape architects, architects and artists from around the world. Conceptual gardens give visitors the opportunity to experience contemporary art and offer children a giant playground in which to explore fun and interactive installations.

Don’t miss ÈRE 132, a centre for excellence in green building.


Opening dates

May 28 to October 1


Schedule

May, 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

  • Visa  Visa
  • MasterCard  MasterCard
  • American Express  American Express
  • Interac  Interac
  • Cash  Cash

Activities available

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.
Gardens, Parks and Natural Sites
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.
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.
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.
Regional Flavours
The Reford Gardens have developed a line of specialty gourmet products featuring flavours from their plant collections. Try these culinary delicacies and discover the subtle flavours of this unique garden!


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

Distinctions

2015

  • LEED® Platinum and Novoclimat 2.0 certification – awarded to the ÈRE 132 building
  • 5 Blooms and a Special Mention for Sustainable Garden Iniatives – awarded in the “Special Attractions” category (national edition) by Communities in Bloom

2014

  • 5 Blooms for Excellence in Marketing and Horticultural Communication – awarded in the “Special Attractions” category (national edition) by Communities in Bloom
  • Bronze Québec Tourism Award – awarded in the “Tourism Human Resources” category to Pierre-Olivier Ferry, Chef and Coordinator of Restaurant Services
  • Gold University of Guelph Good Food Innovation Award – awarded to the Estevan Lodge Restaurant
  • Garden of the Year, Canadian Garden Tourism Awards – awarded by the Canadian Garden Council

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

  • Gaïa Award for Excellence in Food Packaging – awarded in the “Gourmet Products” category to the Reford Gardens marinades, designed by Emulsion stratégie marketing
  • 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
  • Outstanding Creativity Prize – awarded for Deborah Nagan’s How Green Is the Garden? installation by Canada Blooms in Toronto
  • 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

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