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Outdoor Adventure

Plan Your Visit

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.

  • Explore 27km of trails
  • Paddle Cootes Paradise
  • Grow your Knowledge with a Workshop or Program
  • Discover Diverse Birding

Explore 27km of Trails

Seasonal Interest: Year-Round

RBG is home to 1,100 hectares of nature reserve nestled between Hamilton and Burlington. Enjoy a hike along our nature trails along Cootes Paradise, the Niagara Escarpment, and the Grindstone Creek Valley. Looking for someone to help show you the way? Join our FREE guided Back to Nature Hikes each Sunday. Trails are free to hike, parking charges apply.

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Paddle Cootes Paradise

Seasonal Interest: Summer

Explore on the water to get a glimpse of the astounding life that depends on the health of the marsh for its survival! Bring your own craft, or register for Paddling in Paradise, a two-hour guided tour where you can learn about RBG’s conservation efforts, wetland plants and wildlife.

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Photo by Mark Zelinski

Register for a Workshop or Program

Seasonal Interest: Year-Round

Let your mind grow at the Gardens! We offer over 200 courses and workshops, including the “Into the Wild” series focusing on conservation, nature, trails, and the natural area. Registration required.

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Discover Diverse Birding

Seasonal Interest: Year-Round

Royal Botanical Gardens provides easy access to some of the most diverse birding in Ontario! Annually about 300 species can be observed, most are migrants, with about 100 species found on site in the summer. Trails are free to hike, parking charges apply.

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Experience More Adventure When You're a Member

As Canada's biodiversity hotspot, Royal Botanical Gardens provides its members with a one-of-a-kind experience, harmonizing cultivated gardens and natural landscapes with an entertaining recreation and beauty. History, culture, science, recreation and beauty - we have it all. You can experience it by joining today.

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