Gardens and 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.

Hours and AdmissionVisitor GuideDirectionsWhat's in Bloommap of Royal Botanical Gardens' property, spanning between Hamilton and Burlington Ontario and around Cootes Paradise

RBG Centre

The year-round focal point of RBG — here you find both indoor and outdoor displays, including the Mediterannean Garden greenhouse.

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Hendrie Park

Something for everyone —meander through its collections, displays and interesting landscape.

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Rock Garden

We are proud to present our most celebrated garden in a brand new way.

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Laking Garden

Set on a fertile terraced plain, formerly a market garden and home to RBG’s herbaceous perennial collections.

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More like an English landscape park, home to our Lilac Collection and a wide variety of trees.

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Our nature sanctuaries feature more than 27 km of nature trails. There are four main trailheads, as well as two canoe launch sites.

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Nature Interpretive Centre

Our educational hub for programs, seasonal childrens’ day camps, and school group programs.

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Located at the mouth of the Desjardins Canal, protecting native species and their wetland habitats.

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Admission and Hours

Access to all 5 cultivated garden areas is included in your general admission or membership! Admission also includes a parking pass, usable at all RBG trailhead parking lots. If you're only looking to visit the nature sanctuaries to join us for a hike, parking charges apply in these lots.

Hours vary seasonally, and by garden area. See for more information.

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Parking and Directions

RBG cosists of four formal gardens contained within 1,100 hectares of nature reserve.

Parking is available at the various garden areas and trailheads.

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RBG Membership

Enjoy year-round access to the gardens and trails while supporting Royal Botanical Gardens' initiatives in horticulture, conservation, science and education!

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Everyone deserves to experience the wonder of plants in the natural world!

Learn about how those with accessibility needs can make the most of their visit to RBG.

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