Group Tours

Experience guided tours of the world's largest lilac collection, over 100,000 spring bulbs, 250,000 iris blooms, 3,000 exotic rose bushes, and a Mediterranean Garden under glass. Plus, enjoy hands-on workshops, the Gardens’ gift shop and three on-site restaurants.

man taking photos of the iris beds

Tours at the Gardens

Guided tours are available for groups of 15 or more.

Our two-hour guided tours provide insight that opens up the world of Royal Botanical Gardens to even the most frequent visitor. Our knowledgeable volunteers take your group of 15 or more on a relaxed and pleasurable journey where you learn about the rich history, gardens and trails that make Royal Botanical Gardens so special.

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looking up at Rock Garden Visitor centre from lower garden bowl

Rock Garden

The internationally recognized RBG Rock Garden which opened in 1931 has re-opened in 2016 after a $20M renovation and expansion. The spectacular Rock Garden is one of North America’s top five garden experience destinations.

  • New fully accessible paths
  • Extensive water features and three new garden areas
  • A state-of-the-art visitor centre and new cafe

Learn more about Rock Garden

Kippax Garden in bloom

Best in Bloom

RBG’s five display gardens offer visitors an unparalleled sensory experience for every season. Whether you’re a gardening expert or simply appreciate nature’s beauty, a trip to the Gardens is a dream come true.

View seasonal bloom times (estimation, weather-dependant)

group bird watching on the trails

Hit the Trails

Join an RBG guide on a half-day hike through some spectacular and diverse landscapes that make this area unique. The program combines physical challenge with nature learning and can be tailored to complement desired topics, or simply left to focus on the experience and follow the participants’ curiosity.

Learn more about RBG's Trails

Botanical Train Display

Holiday Traditions

Featuring the RBG Train Show

Available November to January. Experience Canada’s best botanical model train installation and weekends filled with seasonal activities including musical entertainment, local school and adult choirs, and light and model train displays.

Learn about Trains at RBG

 

Booking Your Tour

Please follow these guidelines for booking you next group tour:

  • Fifteen (15) or more people qualifies as a group tour.
  • Tours must be booked at least four (4) weeks in advance of requested tour date.
  • To guarantee the date requested, the group tour agreement form must be returned along with a 25% deposit. The deposit is credited to the tour’s final invoice balance. Final guest count and balance are due two (2) weeks prior to the scheduled tour date.
  • An invoice with your tour balance and due date is sent out to confirm your tour is booked.
  • Final payment is due two (2) weeks prior to your tour date and must be in ONE form of payment either cheque/cash/credit card.
  • Garden tour guides are scheduled based on group size. Last minute additions may affect the group’s experience. Extra lunches are subject to availability

Click here to make a Group Tour Booking Request. The form is a request only. Submission of the form does not imply a reservation/booking. RBG Group Tours will contact you with confirmation of your booking.

 

More Information on Group Tours

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Packages at the Gardens