RBG’s nature sanctuaries stretch across Hamilton and Burlington and feature more than 27 km of nature trails with four main trailheads and two canoe launch sites.
Before joining us, be sure to check out the Trail User Notes at rbg.ca/onthetrails for the lastest safety tips, and individual trail interruptions / closures.
Cootes Paradise Trails
Established in 1927 for its significance as a migratory bird stopover, Cootes Paradise is RBG’s largest and most diverse sanctuary at over 600 hectares. The area features a 320-hectare river-mouth marsh, 16 creeks and 25 kilometres of shoreline.
Hiking the trails is free, but maintaining them isn’t
Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) is the largest botanical garden in Canada, a National Historic Site, and registered charitable organization with a mandate to bring together people, plants and nature.
On the Trails
Find hours, frequently asked questions, trail user notes, trail etiquette guidelines and more.
It is our mandate and challenge to protect these lands as an ecological legacy for future generations by balancing the needs of wildlife with more than 100,000 visitors who walk our trails each year.
Enjoy the trails all year long with an RBG Membership! Members receive a 1-year pass for free parking at all official RBG trail heads.