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Directions & Parking

Getting to Royal Botanical Gardens

RBG consists of four formal gardens contained within 1,100 hectares of nature reserve:

  • RBG Centre and Hendrie Park: 680 Plains Road West, on the border of Burlington and Hamilton in Ontario, Canada.
  • The Arboretum and Nature Interpretive Centre: 16 Old Guelph Road in Hamilton, Ontario.
  • David Braley and Nancy Gordon Rock Garden: 1185 York Boulevard in Hamilton, Ontario.
  • Laking Garden: 1229 Spring Garden Road in Burlington, Ontario.
  • Trail Heads: multiple addresses. See trail maps for details.

Driving or taking transit between garden areas is recommended.

RBG Gardens & Trails

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Royal Botanical Gardens is Canada’s largest, with over 2,400 acres of gardens and nature sanctuary that spans Hamilton and Burlington Ontario. Use the button below for an overview of RBG’s properties.

Our park map is a high-resolution image (about 5MB). To save bandwidth, we will only load the map when you request it.

Parking

Parking is available at each Garden Area in the lots provided. Please see the garden addresses above and note that driving or taking transit is recommended to travel between garden areas during your visit.

Pay and Display Parking

Pay and Display parking is in effect at:

  • Trailheads (Princess Point, Westdale, Cherry Hill Gate* and Rock Chapel)

Fees: $3/hour to a maximum of $15 at all sites.

Parking at the Arboretum

Until Wednesday, May 12, a parking fee of $10 applies at the Arboretum between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., 7 days a week. The flat rate parking fee applies to each vehicle. Metered parking fees apply outside of the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Parking is FREE to RBG members who provide proof of membership.

Beginning Thursday, May 13 through to Saturday, June 13time-ticketed admission will be required to visit the Arboretum during Lilacs at the ArboretumParking fees are included with admission.

Parking Passes

Joining us for the day? A daily parking pass is issued with each general admission purchase. Pick yours up at any garden kiosk upon arrival.

12 month parking passes are also issued with the purchase of an RBG Membership.

Please place parking pass on the dashboard of your vehicle for the duration of your visit. Neglecting to do so may result in a parking ticket.

NOTE: Paid parking is NOT required at RBG Centre (Hendrie Park) or Rock Garden.

*NOTICE: Parking at Cherry Hill Gate (April 2021)

Parking at the entrance to Cherry Hill Gate will be reduced by 50% from April 24 throughout the duration of the current province-wide lock down.

The lot is reduced to half capacity to ensure visitor safety during construction and to address growing health and safety concerns and reduce environmental impact caused by overcapacity on the trail system.

Improvements to the parking lot will include parking and visitor access, improved guest experience, and reduction of environmental damage along the nature trail system. This includes a wildlife barrier to protect animals from crossing a dangerous area of Plains Road.

Electric Vehicle ChargingElectric vehicle charging

Electric vehicle charging stations are available at RBG Centre and Rock Garden.

Stop in and tour our beautiful gardens while you wait for your vehicle to charge! RBG members and visitors (with proof of admission) can charge their electric vehicles for FREE. Please plug in your vehicle and check in at the kiosk desk in RBG Centre / the Rock Garden Visitor Centre.

Charging is only available during RBG business hours.

Directions to RBG Centre

The following directions indicate how to get to RBG Centre / Hendrie Park. The remaining 3 garden areas are at the addresses above, a short drive from RBG Centre.

Directions by Car

From Toronto and East
Queen Elizabeth Way to Highway 403 West (Hamilton). Exit at Waterdown Road. Travel 800 metres south along Waterdown Road to Plains Road West. Turn right onto Plains Road West and travel 2km. Turn left into the RBG Centre parking lot.

From Kitchener-Waterloo and West including Detroit (U.S.A.)
Highway 401 East to Highway 6 South. Follow Highway 6 South for about 25 km. Exit onto York Road, make a left and then a right on the new Plains Road and drive south crossing over the 403. Turn left at the lights to continue on Plains Road West for about 1 km, passing the glass building. Turn right into the RBG parking lot.

From the Niagara Region and Buffalo (U.S.A.)
Queen Elizabeth Way to Highway 403 West (Hamilton). Exit at Waterdown Road. Travel 800 metres south along Waterdown Road to Plains Road West. Turn right onto Plains Road West and travel 2km. Turn left into the RBG parking lot.

Directions by Bus

Burlington Transit Plains 1 buses stop directly in front of RBG Centre / Hendrie Park (note that the Plains 101 Express no longer makes stops along Plains Road).

Burlington Transit and HSR buses connect seamlessly via free transfer in downtown Hamilton, and all local buses are equipped with bike racks. Please note that public transit does not stop in front of Rock Garden, the Arboretum or Laking Garden at this time.

Find your route with Google Maps

For current bus schedules, please follow the links below:

Burlington Transit
Hamilton Transit

Relevant bus stops:

Directions by GO Transit

  • GO train: take the Lakeshore West Train Line. Exit at the Burlington Train Station, then take the Burlington Transit Route 1 Plains to Hamilton bus is available to transport you from the Burlington station to RBG Centre.
  • GO Bus: depending on the starting location, multiple GO bus routes are available, with transfers to Burlington Transit at the Burlington Train station (Burlington Transit Route 1 Plains to Hamilton), or various transfer points in Hamilton. Please see the GO Transit trip planner for assistance.

Please note, there are no buses that run from Aldershot GO to RBG at this time. It is possible to walk 1.2 km from the Aldershot station to Plains Road to catch the Route 1 bus from there. Please see the Burlington Transit Trip Planner for details. Travelers arriving at Aldershot GO may also consider taking a cab or ride share to the Gardens (4 km distance).

Directions by Train

RBG Centre is located ~9 km from the Burlington Train Station, accessible by GO Transit and VIA Rail. The Burlington Transit Route 1 Plains to Hamilton bus is available to transport you from the Burlington station to RBG Centre.

Please note, there are no buses that run from Aldershot GO to RBG at this time. It is possible to walk 1.2 km from the Aldershot station to Plains Road to catch the Route 1 bus from there. Please see the Burlington Transit Trip Planner for details. Travelers arriving at Aldershot GO may also consider taking a cab or ride share to the Gardens (4 km distance).

Directions by Bicycle

Be as green as our gardens and ride your bicycle to RBG. Whether coming from Hamilton, Burlington or beyond there are a mixture or quite, safe and scenic routes available to get here.

Once you arrive you’ll find that several of RBG’s garden areas are within a short distance of each other. Extend your trip and ride your bike between some of the garden areas on backroads and bicycle lanes. Each garden area and major trail head has secure bike locking stations so you can leave your bike behind and enjoy a walk in nature.

Find your bike route to RBG here

Please note: Riding and bicycle is not permitted in garden areas or on RBG’s trails. On our trails, bikes pose a direct threat to plants and ground-dwelling wild life, causes erosion, root death and tree dieback. This permanently alters nature’s balance by changing microclimates and paving the way for invasive species.

Additional Resources:

Shuttle Service

2021 Dates: Due to COVID-19, shuttle service will not be operating in 2021