Hike at RBG

The nature sanctuaries of RBG are home to 27km of trails. Find your route to stay active, and set aside some time to appreciate nature.

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group walking on boardwalk in summer

Back To Nature Hike

Free Guided Hike Each Sunday

September through May: 2 p.m., June through August: 10 a.m.

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.


The route and meeting point for these guided Sunday hikes rotate each week; see the guide below for where to find this week's hike, or visit rbg.ca/visitorevents for a schedule of everything going on at RBG.

 FREE to participate! Donations accepted. Parking charges apply.

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.

In the event of inclement weather or uncertain conditions (high winds, ice, extreme windchill, heavy rain, thunderstorms or hazardous driving conditions), please check our Program Update Line at 905-527-1158 ext. 404 one to two hours before the start time to see if the walk has been cancelled. Updates are also posted on Facebook and Twitter.

PETS: quiet, well-behaved, leashed dogs are permitted to attend these walks. Any pets found disrupting the hike or other guests may be asked to leave.


group walking along dirt trail in summer

FIT Experience

UNESCO Biosphere Discovery Tour

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!

Request Tour

woman on boardwalk lookout with view of Cootes Paradise

Self-Guided Hike

Create your own route with a self-guided tour on our 27km of trails! RBG's nature sanctuaries are home to three trail systems: Hendrie Valley, Cootes Paradise, and the Escarpment Property. Visit rbg.ca/onthetrails to download maps, learn more about this month's trail conditions, see the user guide, and more!

Maps and More



map of Cootes Paradise trails

On the Trails

RBG's nature sanctuaries feature more than 27 km of nature trails. There are four main trailheads, as well as two canoe launch sites. Find maps and more! Learn More


canoeing on Cootes Paradise


See the marsh and its inhabitants from a new perspective as your guide leads you from one shore to another. Learn More


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Courses and Programs

RBG Experiences for gardeners, nature lovers, artists, health and wellness enthusiasts, families and more, all year long. Learn More