Hike at RBG

Royal Ramble

Self-guided hike experience with lunch – Launch delayed until further notice due to flooded trail sections in Hendrie Valley*


FIT Experience - UNESCO Biosphere Discovery Tour

Fee: $50/person

The Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve in Ontario stretches 725 km from Lake Ontario (near Niagara Falls) to the tip of the Bruce Peninsula (between Georgian Bay and Lake Huron). The UNESCO designation puts Ontario’s Niagara Escarpment in the company of other well-known biosphere reserves such as Galapagos Islands, Africa’s Serengeti and the Florida Everglades. RBG is an anchor park and access point to the Reserve.

The UNESCO Biosphere Discovery Tour is a two-and-half hour journey on gentle trails through the forest and along the shoreline of Lake Ontario’s Cootes Paradise Marshlands. Guides explain the area’s unique natural history and there is opportunity to view wildlife and migratory birds that inhabit the Reserve. Minimum group size of 4 to maximum of 20 per guide.

Contact Group Tours to arrange your UNESCO Biosphere Discovery Tour!

Get Back to Nature Hikes

Each Sunday of the month our volunteer Back to Nature hike leaders offer free hikes through the vast ecosystems of RBG’s lands, allowing people to familiarize themselves with the area so they can continue to explore with their friends and family. Every Sunday (including holiday weekends), September through May, 2 p.m.; June through August, 10 a.m. at the locations noted below.

FREE (donations welcome)

Every walk is a different adventure!

1st Sunday of every month: Hendrie Valley; meet at Cherry Hill Gate parking lot
2nd: Princess Point; meet at the parking lot
3rd: Cootes North Shore; meet at the Nature Centre
4th: Cootes South Shore; meet at the Aviary parking lot on Oak Knoll Drive, Hamilton
5th: Rock Chapel; meet at the parking lot

NOTE: There will be no hike December 24.

Walks are typically 1.5 to 2 hours in length. Our trails are rocky and muddy and not suitable for most standard strollers, except those meant for off-sidewalk use. In the event of inclement weather, call our Program Update Line at 905-527-1158 ext. 404.

Families WIN

The Families WIN program is a series of activities and guides designed to help any family to increase their weekly dose of Vitamin N - Nature! The WIN program is focused on the Hendrie Valley Trails near RBG Centre, specifically Grindstone Marshes Trail and Bridle Trail.
Click here for more information.