Visiting Safely During COVID-19
Visitors are no longer required to wear masks at Royal Botanical Gardens. 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.
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 high touch point surfaces are sanitized regularly.
- Implementing timed ticketing for select special events to prevent overcrowding.
Here is what you can do to make your visit safe:
- Self-screen prior to arriving at RBG
- Be courteous to others during your visit.
- RBG Centre
- Shop at The Gardens
- Mediterranean Garden and Cacti & Succulent Collection
- Natural Playground
- The Greenhouse Café
- Gardening Information
- Hendrie Park
- Laking Garden
- David Braley and Nancy Gordon Rock Garden
- Rock Garden Visitor Centre amenities
- Rock Garden Bistro
- Trails (follow on-site signage indicating 1-way loops)
- Washroom facilities
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:
- 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!
Am I required to be vaccinated to enter RBG?
As of March 1, 2022 RBG no longer requires visitors to prove they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
Do I need to wear a mask?
Effective May 5, 2022 visitors are no longer required to wear masks at Royal Botanical Gardens.
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 parking be available?
Parking is available at all garden areas. 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.
- 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?
- Arboretum: Portable washrooms available.
- Laking Garden: Indoor washrooms available.
- Hendrie Park: Indoor washrooms available.
- Rock Garden: Indoor washrooms available.
Will food and beverage be available?
The Greenhouse Café, Turner Pavilion Teahouse, and the Rock Garden Bistro are open for the season.
See individual restaurant hours prior to your visit.
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!