Joly-De Lotbinière Estate (Domaine Joly-De Lotbinière) is at 7015 rte. de Pointe Platon. The riverfront estate was once owned by Sir Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière, the fourth premier of Québec (1878-79) who also later served as a federal cabinet minister and as a lieutenant governor of British Columbia. The residence was built in 1851 by his parents who sought out new techniques in landscaping and gardening; today, the results of their efforts can be seen at the lush site that many consider to be one of Canada's finest gardens.
Walking paths, ponds, rare varieties of trees (including towering black walnut trees), and more than 2,300 varieties of perennials and shrubs blend harmoniously on the impeccably manicured grounds. A visit includes a tour of the family's summer manor and access to more than 2 kilometres (1.2 mi.) of trails. In addition, a variety of cultural activities are offered during the summer, including concerts held Sundays at 11 from late June through Labour Day.
Picnicking is permitted. Food is available.
$13.92; $13.05 (ages 65+); $8.70 (students with ID); $87c (ages 13-17); $28.70 (family, two adults and children). Phone ahead to confirm rates.
Hours: Grounds daily 10-5, late May-late Sept. Interpretive center daily 11-5, mid-June through Labour Day; Sat.-Sun. and holidays 10-noon and 1-5, day after Labour Day to mid-Oct. Phone ahead to confirm schedule. Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes minimum.