Plan Your Adventure

Whether you're looking for family activites, an educational exploration, or a relaxing night out, there's a botanical adventure waiting for you at Royal Botanical Gardens!

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Plan by the Day

Looking to plan a visit soon? Check out our full calendar, upcoming events, and this weekend's schedule to make sure you don't miss out on anything during your visit!

Please be sure to check out each listing for details on which activites are included in your general admission, and which require registration or a special event ticket.

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group of canoers paddling across cootes paradise

Outdoor Adventure

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
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Explore 27km of trails

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.

Seasonal Interest: Year-Round

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Paddle Cootes Paradise

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.

Seasonal Interest: Summer

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Register for a Workshop or Program

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. Registation required.

Seasonal Interest: Year-Round

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red-capped woodpecker

Discover Diverse Birding

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.

Seasonal Interest: Year-Round

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Family Fun

Every trip to RBG is a whole new adventure! Whether you’re visiting an interactive exhibit, learning a new skill, or just exploring the great outdoors, RBG offers year-round experiences that bring your family closer to nature.

  • Discovery in the Gardens
  • Experience Family Events
  • Grow Together with a Workshop or Program
  • Explore the Natural Playground
Discovery Pack backpacks

Discovery in the Gardens

Spend some time with our Garden Interpreters to discover plants in a new way. There are lots of ways to explore and learn as a family! Visit our Discovery Carts, go on a guided tour, and much more. Included in your General Admission or Membership

Seasonal Interest: Spring, Summer

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Experience Family Events

RBG hosts events all year long, from blooms festivals, to performing arts, to holiday celebrations, and more! Popular family events include Enchanted Garden Weekend (August), the Great Pumpkin Trail (October), and Holiday Traditions (November-December). Event tickets required.

Seasonal Interest: Year-Round

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Grow Together with a Workshop or Program

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.

Seasonal Interest: Year-Round

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Explore the Natural Playground

Located at RBG Centre, the Natural Playground is a place where children of any age can get outside and play. We have created a play space that supports gross- and fine-motor skill development, imaginative cooperative play, multi-sensory experiential learning, and good old-fashioned fun. Included in your General Admission or Membership.

Seasonal Interest: Year-Round

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Green Thumb

With tens of thousands of plants in our five cultivated garden areas, there is always something interesting growing at RBG.

  • Outdoor Collections
  • Tours and Discovery
  • Grow Your Knowledge with a Workshop or Program
  • Botanical Events and Floral Shows
purple lilac blooms

Outdoor Collections

RBG is home to 5 ever-changing gardens, including visitor-favourite collections like cherries, magnolias, lilacs, iris, peonies, and roses. See a blooms calendar at rbg.ca/whatsinbloom. Included in your General Admission or Membership

Seasonal Interest: Spring, Summer

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Tours and Discovery

Spend some time with our Garden Interpreters to discover plants in a new way. Join daily tours and visit our Discovery Carts through the summer months and seasonally on weekends, included in your general admission. Do you have a group of 15 or more? Book a private tour at rbg.ca/grouptours.

Seasonal Interest: Spring, Summer

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Botanical Events and Floral Shows

Join us for seasonal displays of visitor-favourite blooms from local botanical societies, or join us for a spring Plant Faire to attend workshops, and shop local vendors. Find a list of upcoming events at rbg.ca/events

Seasonal Interest: Year-Round (specific dates)

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Register for a Workshop or Program

Let your mind grow at the Gardens! We offer over 200 courses and workshops, including the "Master Your Garden" series focusing on gardening techniques, solutions, and practices to help get your garden in shape. Registation required.

Seasonal Interest: Year-Round

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Cultural Rendezvous

With tens of thousands of plants in our five cultivated garden areas, there is always something interesting growing at RBG. Here are some of the key collections curated by the Royal Botainical Gardens' horticulture department.

  • Live Entertainment
  • Insta-Worthy Blooms
  • Arts in the Gardens
  • Dine at the Gardens
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Live Entertainment

Stunning cultivated gardens accent the beauty of visual art and provide the perfect setting for inspiring cultural performances and culinary journeys.

Seasonal Interest: Summer (specific dates)

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pink garden rose

Insta-Worthy Blooms

RBG is home to 5 gardens of ever-changing blooms, including visitor-favourite collections like cherries, magnolias, lilacs, iris, peonies, and roses. See a blooms calendar at rbg.ca/whatsinbloom and get your perfect shot. Included in your General Admission or Membership

Seasonal Interest: Spring, Summer

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Arts in the Gardens

Stroll through the gardens and discover over 20 sculptural installations! Hendrie Park is home to the Dan Lawrie International Scultpure Collection and the Earth Art collection, while other installations can be found in Rock Garden and RBG Centre.

Seasonal Interest: Year-Round

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turkey blt and soup

Dine at the Gardens

Enjoy a taste of the gardens! With two restaurants and a teahouse on site, Royal Botanical Gardens is your destination for dishes inspired by fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Seasonal Interest: Year-Round

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Hours and Admission

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.

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Rock Garden in the fall

Gardens and Trails

The ever-changing seasons, blooms, and natural phenomenon make each visit a new experience. Explore and enjoy the many historical outdoor plant collections, the indoor Mediterranean Garden, and 27 km of nature trails.

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Shop @ The Gardens

Gardening accents and tools, containers and statuary, home décor, jewelry and fashion, educational games and toys for children, gardening and nature books, and more.

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