AAA Editor Notes
Reford Gardens (Jardins de Métis) is n.e. on Hwy. 132, following signs. Once the summer fishing camp of Sir George Stephen (Lord Mount Stephen), the estate was given in 1918 to Stephen's niece, Elsie Reford, who transformed the property into one of eastern Canada's most beautiful gardens.
Paths lead through formal and natural beds that display more than 3,000 species of trees, flowers and shrubs. Colorful rhododendrons and crab apples highlight the gardens in early summer and give way to thousands of lilies, roses and blue poppies in mid- and late summer. Built in 1887, Estevan Lodge houses a museum with exhibitions about the history of the gardens and summer life along the Métis River. Held from late June to late September, the International Garden Festival (Festival international de jardins) is a showcase for innovative landscape design.