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Visitors are no longer required to wear masks at RBG. Learn more about visiting safely during COVID-19.

Visiting Safely During COVID-19

April 1, 2022

Effective May 5, visitors are no longer required to wear masks at Royal Botanical Gardens. Employees and volunteers will continue to wear masks.

All visitors are required to self-screen prior to arriving at RBG and are not permitted to visit if they are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.

For everyone’s safety, we ask that all visitors are attentive to directional and physical distancing signage while making their way through the Gardens.

We will continue to follow advice from public health officials and provide further updates as they become available.

Here is what RBG is doing to keep you safe:

  • All staff wear masks or face coverings.
  • All high touch point surfaces are sanitized regularly.
  • Signage is posted to help visitors find their way around our gardens safely so they can physically distance from other guests.
  • Implementing timed ticketing for select special events to prevent overcrowding.
  • Distancing of tables at all restaurant facilities to ensure safe dining.

Here is what you can do to make your visit safe:

  • We recommend wearing a mask when indoors and when you cannot physically distance from others outdoors (including on the trails which can be narrow)
  • Follow the directional signage and one-way paths on trails and in the gardens. Please step off the trail to let others pass, avoid congregating on narrow paths, and hike in small groups.
  • Keep a distance of at least 2 metres, 6 feet from others.
  • Be courteous to others during your visit.

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Please check back regularly for the latest updates.

On the Trails

RBG’s trails are open to the public. Parking charges apply. Respect the trails, wildlife and other visitors by following these guidelines:

  • Some of our trails and trailheads are narrow and we recommend you wear a mask when you are near other people.
  • To encourage social distancing, select loops have been designated “one-way.” Follow the on-site signage.
  • Keep a distance of at least 6 feet from others. Step off the trail to let others pass.
  • Do not congregate in narrow paths / areas where others cannot pass you while keeping a safe distance.
  • Hike with your household; do not meet up in large groups.
  • Do not feed the wildlife.
  • Pack out anything you bring in.

RBG at Home

For those unable to visit Royal Botanical Gardens, we continue to offer RBG at Home, our commitment to offering accessible, diverse and entertaining online learning opportunities for people of all ages.

As a not-for-profit, charitable organization, Royal Botanical Gardens is grateful for the phenomenal support we have received from you, our members, donors and community members, over these past few months. Thank you for helping to keep RBG a safe and happy place where we can all connect to the natural world. We hope to see you at the Gardens soon!

General FAQ

Am I required to be vaccinated to enter RBG?

As of March 1, RBG no longer requires visitors to prove they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Do I need to wear a mask?

Effective May 5, visitors are no longer required to wear masks at Royal Botanical Gardens. Employees and volunteers will continue to wear a masks.

What are the health screening questions I need to review before entering?

All visitors are required to self screen prior to arriving at RBG and are not permitted to visit if they are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms

Will there be guidelines for physical distancing?

For the safety of all guests, staff, and volunteers, access to each outdoor garden area will be provided through the following measures:

  • Admission to garden areas will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Should a garden reach capacity, visitors will be asked to wait.
  • Installed directional signage provide one-way paths for visitors to reduce crowding and encourage physical distancing. Some areas within each garden will remain closed to foot traffic.

Will parking be available?

Parking is available at all garden areas, included in your general admission or membership. Please note RBG’s four formal garden areas are located within 3 km of each other. Driving between garden areas is recommended. For new visitors, please see the full property map.

  • Hendrie Park: Parking available at RBG Centre, 680 Plains Road W. Burlington. Access to Hendrie Park will be available through the tunnel via RBG Centre. RBG Centre amenities and spaces including the Mediterranean Garden remain closed to the public.
  • Laking Garden: Parking is available seasonally in the upper parking lot (off Plains Road W., West of RBG Centre) or Lower Parking Lot (along Spring Gardens Road).
  • Rock Garden: Parking is available at the Rock Garden main parking lot, located across the street from the garden (1185 York Boulevard) with limited accessible parking available near the garden’s entrance.
  • Arboretum: Parking available on site, at 16 Old Guelph Road.

Will washrooms be available?

Will food and beverage be available?

The Greenhouse Café and Rock Garden Bistro are open daily with indoor dining available 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Turner Pavilion Teahouse is currently closed for the season and will reopen in the spring.

See the Culinary Events & Offers page for updated information.

Will the RBG shuttle be available?

RBG’s shuttle bus will not be available for the 2022 season. Driving or biking between garden areas is recommended. Learn more and see a property map at rbg.ca/directions.

Are dogs permitted?

Leashed dogs are permitted in the outdoor gardens for a visit during regular operating hours. Please be responsible and clean up after your dog. Dogs must remain on-leash and on-trail at all times. Any pets found disrupting the garden other guests may be asked to leave.

With the exception of service animals, personal dogs/cats/animals are not permitted during most special events (including winter exhibit). Please see individual event listing for details.

Will any activities / tours be available during my visit?

Limited tours and discovery programming is available. Check out RBG’s events calendar!