Directions and Parking

RBG consists of four formal gardens contained within 1,100 hectares of nature reserve.

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Address Information

RBG Centre and Hendrie Park: 680 Plains Road West, on the border of Burlington and Hamilton in Ontario, Canada.

The Arboretum and Nature Interpretive Centre: 16 Old Guelph Road in Hamilton, Ontario.

David Braley and Nancy Gordon Rock Garden: 1185 York Boulevard in Hamilton, Ontario.

Laking Garden: 1221 Spring Garden Road in Burlington, Ontario.

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Parking is available at each Garden Area in the lots provided. Please see the garden addresses above, and note that driving or taking transit is recommended to travel between garden areas during your visit.

Pay and Display parking is in effect at all trail heads as well as Laking Garden and the Arboretum when garden kiosks are not in operation. There are five main trailhead locations, Princess Point, Westdale, the Arboretum, Cherry Hill Gate and Rock Chapel, as well as two canoe launch sites, Princess Point & Valley Inn. These lead to 27km of trails within the sanctuaries as well as links to multiple other regional trails. Pay and Display fees are $1/hour to a maximum of $5 at all sites except for the Arboretum which is $3/hour to a maximum of $15.

A daily parking pass is issued with each general admission purchase. Please place this parking pass on the dashboard of your vehicle for the duration of your visit. RBG members park for free at all properties by displaying their members’ parking pass in their vehicle.

Paid parking is not required at RBG Centre.

Electric Vehicle Charging at RBG Centre

RBG Centre is now home to 6 electric vehicle charging stations available for public access. Stop in and tour our beautiful gardens while you wait for your vehicle to charge.

Click here to learn more.

Directions to RBG Centre

The following directions indicate how to get to RBG Centre / Hendrie Park. The remaining 3 garden areas are at the addresses above, a short drive from RBG Centre.

Directions By Car >>

From Toronto and East
Queen Elizabeth Way to Highway 403 West (Hamilton). Exit at Waterdown Road. Travel 800 metres south along Waterdown Road to Plains Road West. Turn right onto Plains Road West and travel 2km. Turn left into the RBG Centre parking lot.

From Kitchener-Waterloo and West including Detroit (U.S.A.)
Highway 401 East to Highway 6 South. Follow Highway 6 South for about 25 km. Exit onto York Road, make a left and then a right on the new Plains Road and drive south crossing over the 403. Turn left at the lights to continue on Plains Road West for about 1 km, passing the glass building. Turn right into the RBG parking lot.

From the Niagara Region and Buffalo (U.S.A.)
Queen Elizabeth Way to Highway 403 West (Hamilton). Exit at Waterdown Road. Travel 800 metres south along Waterdown Road to Plains Road West. Turn right onto Plains Road West and travel 2km. Turn left into the RBG parking lot.

Directions By Bus >>

Busing to RBG is simple! Burlington Transit Plains 1 and 1X buses stop directly in front of RBG Centre / Hendrie Park, and Rock Garden (note that the Plains 101 Express no longer makes stops along Plains Road). Burlington Transit and HSR buses connect seamlessly via free transfer in downtown Hamilton, and all local buses are equipped with bike racks. Please note that public transit does not stop in front of the Arboretum or Laking Garden at this time.

Find your route with Google Maps

For current bus schedules, please follow the links below:

Directions By Train >>

RBG Centre is located about 3km (two miles) west of the Aldershot train station, and 9km from the Burlington Train station. Both are served by GO Transit and VIA Rail.

Burlington Transit busses are available to transport you from these stations to RBG. The following lines include stops in front of RBG Centre and Rock Garden:

Shuttle Service

See all five garden areas during your visit to Royal Botanical Gardens with the RBG shuttle! Shuttle service is available on weekends only from Saturday April 21 to Sunday June 3, plus summer long weekends (June 30 to July 1, and August 4 to 6). Shuttles operate on these days from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and travel between RBG Centre/Hendrie Park, Laking Garden, Rock Garden and the Arboretum. Access to the shuttle is included in your general admission or membership.

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Distance Chart

City Km Miles
Albany 590 365
Buffalo 100 60
Detroit 325 200
London 125 75
New York 820 500
Ottawa 475 290
Boston 840 525
Chicago 780 490
Kitchener/Waterloo 60 35
Montreal 600 375
Niagara Falls 75 47
Toronto 70 45