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10 greenhouses in Canada to visit for a break from the cold this winter

Greenhouses in Canada make for a great year-round destination, but are especially appealing in the dead of another frosty winter. They serve as a great reminder that spring, despite all indications being otherwise, is just around the corner. 

With lush greenery and warm, humid air, there are many greenhouses that are perfect for a tropical break from the cold, right here in Canada. 

Here are so some greenhouses in Canada that you need to add to your list this winter. 

Centennial Botanical Conservatory, Thunder Bay 

This much-loved tropical oasis is accessible to all and is a great place to visit year round. Opened in 1967 as a Centennial project, it has been a legacy to those who reside in Thunder Bay for over 50 years now. 

The coffee bean plant, as well as the many different fruit trees, with ripe lemons, papayas and mangos hanging from their branches, are among the guest favourites in the arboretum. 

Tropical Greenhouse, Ottawa

This greenhouse in the capital city was built in 1928. The 16-square-foot space houses a tropical plant exhibition where over 100,000 field plots are devoted to plant research each year. The research has helped develop and release over 90 new varieties of oats, wheat, barley and soybeans to Canadian and world markets. 

Allan Gardens, Toronto 

This Victorian-era greenhouse is found in the middle of Toronto and has been an important part to the city for over a hundred years. Its botanical garden features six different greenhouses and a variety of plants, including, jasmine, agave, aloe, as well as, a large display of unusual cacti and succulents.

Gage Park Greenhouse, Hamilton

This cheerful new addition to Hamilton was just re-opened last year. The 14,000-square-foot light-filled space is a steamy haven for a host of unique tropical plants, like traveller palms, Hawaiian sunset vine, and lipstick palms. 

Bloedel Conservatory, Vancouver 

The domed lush paradise and heritage building that is Bloedel Conservatory sits atop the city of Vancouver’s highest point in Queen Elizabeth Park. More than 120 free-flying exotic birds, 500 exotic plants and flowers thrive within its temperature-controlled environment. 

Belgian Nursery, Breslau

This unique flower world features a decorative Pot Shop, and a 5,400-square-foot space dedicated to cacti and succulents inside its tropical greenhouse. There is also the one acre of annuals in the spring, which are grown on-site, and the Perennial Centre, which is open from April to October. 

Regina Floral Conservatory, Regina  

This indoor green space is known as the hidden gem of the city of Regina. Maintained and operated entirely by volunteers, it features an impressive floral display that changes regularly. There's a Christmas, tropical, and spring display, with thousands of spring bulbs. 

Butterfly Conservatory, Cambridge

This 10,800-square-foot indoor tropical garden is home to thousands of free flying butterflies from all over the world, over 100 different varieties of tropical plants, waterfalls, streams, reflecting pools, tropical finches, Chinese painted quails and red-eared slider turtles. Should we say more?

Muttart Conservatory, Edmonton

Nestled within Edmonton's river valley, Muttart Conservatory includes three pyramid-shaped buildings, each with a different climate-regulated biome, including arid, temperate and tropical. There are over 700 different species of plants across these three pyramids and also a fourth pyramid, which hosts a seasonal display. 

Centennial Park Conservatory, Etobicoke 

Known as the floral jewel of the area, this greenhouse hosts seasonal flower shows each year. Besides its 200 different varieties of tropical display plants that bloom year-round, there are also about 300,000 annuals and perennials grown at the conservatory to help beautify parks throughout the city. 

Lead photo by

markje48 at Gage Park

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