Gardens & Trails
Royal Botanical Gardens is located at the western tip of Lake Ontario. Four distinct formal gardens are contained with 1,100 hectares of nature reserve, nestled into the slopes of Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve. Explore and enjoy the many historical outdoor plant collections, the indoor Mediterranean Garden, and 27 km of nature trails.
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Royal Botanical Gardens is Canada’s largest, with over 2,400 acres of gardens and nature sanctuary that spans Hamilton and Burlington Ontario. Use the button below for an overview of RBG’s properties.
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The year-round focal point of RBG — here you find both indoor and outdoor displays, including the Mediterannean Garden greenhouse.
Our largest cultivated garden area, Hendrie Park has something for everyone. This garden truly illustrates the diversity of both plants and garden design.
Built in 1932, the historic Rock Garden is considered the birthplace of Royal Botanical Gardens. Following a significant rejuvenation, the Rock Garden reopened in 2016 to embrace sustainable trends in garden design.
Set on a fertile terraced plain, formerly a market garden and home to RBG’s herbaceous perennial collections.
More like an English landscape park, the Arboretum home to RBG's Lilac Collection and a wide variety of trees.
Our nature sanctuaries feature more than 27 km of nature trails. There are four main trailheads, as well as two canoe launch sites.
Come to Your Senses
Experience the fragrance of brilliant blooms and spectacular nature trails bursting with wildlife. Tempt your taste buds with unique culinary experiences celebrating locally sourced ingredients and regional brews, then immerse yourself in vibrant arts and culture with live summer concerts and the inspirational Dan Lawrie Sculpture Collection.
A nature lover’s dream, RBG’s exhilarating landscapes are bursting with magnificent flora and fauna, offering hours of outdoor adventure for all activity levels.
Every trip to RBG is a whole new adventure! Whether you’re visiting an interactive exhibit, learning a new skill, or just exploring the great outdoors, RBG offers year-round experiences that bring your family closer to nature.
With tens of thousands of plants in our five cultivated garden areas, there is always something interesting growing at RBG.
Foodies, music lovers and art enthusiasts rejoice! Aside from awesome trails and spectacular blooms, tons of attractions and special events highlight the latest trends in music, cuisine and artistic expression.