Jardin Scullion, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec, Canada

By buying abandoned land in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean in 1985, Brian Scullion had begun the development of his business, a production nursery and in 1999 he decided to diversify his activities by creating the Scullion Garden. This garden has a little more than 2,000 species of plants from around the world, many of which have had to adapt to the harsh climatic conditions of the region. This place is a pretty important tourist attraction in the area. You will find beautiful landscaping, buildings and infrastructure, several trails, streams, a mini farm, games for children, an ancient forest camp, picnic areas and several animal species. There is also a new development of 12 hectares with nearly300 species of conifers.

Tips

A very important detail is that all signs are in three languages (French, Spanish and English) and everything is well indicated.

If you want to visit the area of the new coniferous garden project, you can rent an electric cart.

Several packages are available to visitors and children under 5, accompanied by an adult, enter for free. For groups of 30 people and over, there’s a guide service.

Pets on a leash are allowed on the site, except at the restauration service.

HI-Ottawa Jail hostel, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The Hl-Ottawa Jail hostel is located in the former prison of Carleton County (1862-1972). This is the only hostel of its kind in North America. The original architecture has been preserved with its walls made of stone and brick and cells were transformed into dormitories. This prison was considered one of the most haunted buildings in Canada. The building is conveniently located in the city center, just steps from Parliament Hill, the National Gallery of Canada, the Byward Market, shops, cafes, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, in short everything a tourist wants to know while in town. The night comes accompanied with a delicious continental breakfast: fair trade coffee, tea, juice, fruit and bagel baked in the region, eggs, milk and cereals. Of course, you have wi-fi.

Tips

Do not miss the tour of the prison offered free with your stay every day at 11:00. If you arrive by car, there is a paid parking at $12.00 per day. The inn offers holidays with a lot of emotions, weekly activities, guided tours and evenings at the bar. If you want to have new experiences and meet other travelers, you will have the opportunity to share your cell-room with other tourists.

Regional Botanical Garden of Cadereyta, Queretaro, Mexico

The Regional Botanical Garden of Cadereyta is located southeast of the city of Cadereyta de Montes, Queretaro, at an altitude of 2046 meters, with volcanic soils. This institution is dedicated to the study, conservation and use of the Mexican flora; especially the semi-desert of Queretaro. The objective is to contribute to the scientific knowledge of botanical resources for global use, teach ecological and economic importance of plant resources and promoting the integration of collections of semi-desert plants of Queretaro. There we find five collections: the semi-desert, the Queretaro cactus, vegetation of the Valley de Queretaro, the type Mammillaria in Mexico and Agave of Queretaro.

Tips

For a complete tour, it is best to do it with a guided tour for an explanation,so you will appreciate this place twice. It is best to book in advance and it’s free. It’s a beautiful walk for the whole family.
If you are interested, you can also buy plants and receive expert advice for their care and development.