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Under The Canopy

Winter Exhibit: Under the Canopy

Until May 1; RBG Centre
A time-ticketed exhibit

Step Into the Amazing World of Rainforests at RBG!

Take a peek Under the Canopy of the world’s major rainforests, meet some of the animals who call these places home, and find out how your life connects to rainforest ecosystems.

Under The Canopy Logo, featuring the silhouette of a large rainforest tree, bird, and tortoise
  • Green snake
  • Lush Rainforest
  • Young child looking at a chameleon display
  • Sloth hanging from tree branches in exhibit enclosure
  • Inquisitive gecko
  • Red Footed Tortoise

Under the Canopy Exhibit Timed-Tickets

This is a time-ticketed exhibition and pre-registration is required. Your ticket includes admission to the gardens during the day! Upon purchasing, you will be required to select a date and entry timeslot.

When planning your visit, please note that you may arrive at any time within the hour timeslot selected at registration. Staggered arrival times help RBG to offer a better overall experience by reducing lineups at entry. 

Available timeslots: 10 to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., 12 to 1 p.m., 1 to 2 p.m., 2 to 3 p.m., 3 to 4 p.m.

As of March 1, RBG no longer requires visitors to prove they have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Please see RBG’s Covid FAQs for details and to learn more about visiting safely.

Category Ticket Price
Adult $19.50 (+ Service Fee)
Senior* $16.50 (+ Service Fee)
Student** $16.50 (+ Service Fee)
Child age 4 to 12 $11.50 (+ Service Fee)
Child under 4 FREE
(registration still required)
Family Pass
(2 adults and up to 2 children under age 18)
$44.00 (+ Service Fee)
RBG Members FREE
(registration still required)
  • All prices are subject to HST and applicable service charges 
  • Tickets are non-refundable and final sale. After a purchase is complete, the tickets are the property of the ticket holder, and RBG will be unable to accommodate any date or time changes.
  • General admission discounts and coupons are not applicable to this ticketed event.
  • *RBG considers a senior to be a person of 65+ years of age.
  • **Student tickets valid for age 13 to 17, or post-secondary students with a valid student I.D.
  • RBG Members must present membership card upon entry.

Members, if you are no longer available to attend your selected date and time, we ask that you cancel your order with at least 24 hours notice, to allow others the opportunity to visit Under the Canopy. Please do not book further timeslots without canceling your original order. Thank you.

About the Exhibit

Connect with the beautiful diversity of rainforests, encounter live animals, including a sloth, boa constrictor and many more who call the canopy home. Through special programming from RBG Interpreters, learn about threats facing our rainforests and what actions they can take — from choosing the right coffee to growing the right garden plants — to mitigate climate change and support healthier rainforest ecosystems. 

Under the Canopy is a bilingual exhibit produced by Little Ray’s Nature Centre.

little ray's nature centre logo featuring 25 years

Close to Home: Rainforests and RBG

All life needs plants. Though rainforests only cover 6.5% of the Earth’s surface, they are home to half of our animal species and produce 25% of the world’s oxygen, and many other resources we use every day.

By hosting this event here in Burlington, RBG continues its commitment to nurture the relationships between people, nature and natural spaces. What happens to the world’s rainforests affects life in our own backyard, and we can all take action towards their conservation.

Rainforests are also directly connected to the migratory birds that nest at RBG in the summer, as thousands travel from here to their winter home in these tropical habitats.

Animal Safety

Animal wellbeing is our top priority. Little Ray’s educators and/or zookeepers are certified and experienced in proper exotic animal care and will be on-site throughout the exhibit to ensure each of our special guests’ needs are met.

RBG will remain attentive to the animals needs and adjust programming accordingly. Because of this, there may be times where certain animals may not be on display or present for interactive presentations and meet-ups.

Take Wicket for example, sloths are experts at saving energy and can sleep as long as 20 hours a day. It’s similar to house cats who will sleep most of the day, only moving to find a new spot. Wicket occasionally enjoys a climb around his habitat before needing a long rest and often indicates “no thank you” to coming out. While it’s a treat to see him active or out of his habitat, we always respect his need to be a sloth.

Hands-on experiences with the animals will not be available. They can be viewed in their enclosures and some will be featured in our Animal Encounter programs.

Little Ray’s Nature Centre

Little Ray’s Nature Centre is the largest exotic animal rescue in Canada, with one of the most extensive and diverse animal education and outreach programs, and the first carbon-neutral zoo in North America.

Their travelling exhibits are staffed by trained and dynamic educators and zookeepers who produce impactful experiences based on education, conservation and animal welfare. Little Ray’s is also a member of Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA).

Learn More

Discovery @ RBG

view from second floor looking down into families seating in the theatre watching an animal show

Exhibit Shows and Activities Schedule

Join us for interactive programs and activities to extend your rainforest adventure. Watch our website and social media for special programs offered weekends and holidays (including P.A. Days).

*Weekday programming runs Monday to Friday except on Halton and Hamilton P.A. Days, holidays, and March Break when the weekend schedule will apply.

Weekdays

10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4:15 p.m.
Animal Encounters

Get to know some of the wonderful creatures of the rainforest.
(All ages, 20 minutes)

Find this activity in McQuesten Theatre at RBG Centre.


11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Storytime

Listen to wild tales about amazing rainforest animals.
(Younger audiences, 15 minutes)

Find this activity in McQuesten Theatre at RBG Centre.


3:30 p.m.
Rainforest Expedition

Take a seat and travel to the rainforest. During this interactive experience, help us discover which animals live there and how we can help them.


10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Activity Book

Pick up an activity book to complete the puzzles and activities around RBG Centre.


10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Discovery Station: RBG Birds are Tropical Birds

Discover how protecting forests across the Americas is essential to helping migratory birds found at RBG.


10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Discovery Station: Rainforest Roots

From coffee to chocolate, rainforests produce food that we eat every day. Explore how the foods we choose can have positive impacts on rainforests.

Weekends (+ Opening Day (Feb 4) / P.A. Days / March Break / Holidays)

10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 4:15 p.m.
Animal Encounters

Get to know some of the wonderful creatures of the rainforest.
(All ages, 20 minutes)

Find this activity in McQuesten Theatre at RBG Centre.


10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Activity Book

Pick up an activity book to complete the puzzles and activities around RBG Centre.


10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Discovery Station: RBG Birds are Tropical Birds

Discover how protecting forests across the Americas is essential to helping migratory birds found at RBG.


10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Discovery Station: Rainforest Roots

From coffee to chocolate, rainforests produce food that we eat every day. Explore how the foods we choose can have positive impacts on rainforests.


Roving Puppetry

Keep an eye out for our plushy friends and hear what makes them special.

*Holiday / P.A. Day Schedule Weekend programming will apply on the following dates: February 21, March 4, 14–18, April 15, 18, 25. Programming may be slightly altered on these days. See our events calendar for details.

RBG Centre at Royal Botanical Gardens

Find this event at the RBG Centre, 680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON.

Food & Drink at RBG Centre

Masks are required in all indoor spaces at all times. Outside food and drink is not permitted.

window seating along greenhouse windows

Open daily 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Greenhouse Café, RBG Centre
At the Greenhouse Café you’ll find fresh, seasonal ingredients on a new menu that incorporates local produce, meats and cheeses and features wines and craft brews exclusive to Ontario.

Reservations are not required but are highly recommended, especially for weekends, holidays, or larger groups.

Cup of coffee and pastry laid flat on a wooden table next to a succulent

Open daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Café Annex
An environmentally conscious coffee shop equipped with shade grown espresso and a variety of baked-in-house snacks.

Exhibit Events

Save the dates! Join us for special events during the winter exhibit. Some events are included in general admission or membership while others require special tickets. Check back for more information!

RBG After Dark

Thursdays, February 24, March 24, April 21

Grab a drink and experience Under the Canopy after dark! On the fourth Thursday of each month, RBG’s winter exhibit is transformed into a nightlife experience like no other.

This is a 19+ event. Event tickets required.

Learn More

School Programming

Book your field trip today!

There is no substitute for a direct experience in nature! At RBG the foundation of our programs is inquiry-based and experiential learning. Enjoy virtual or on-site exhibit programming for grades 1 to 8. Space is limited! Learn more about booking your programming and submit a program request at rbg.ca/teacherportal.

View Programs

Support Conservation at RBG

These conservation projects are possible thanks to the generous support of RBG Members and donors. With a donation to Growing up Green, you can ensure an active, vibrant and healthy future for the children of today and tomorrow through our horticultural and conservation projects.

Exhibit F.A.Q.s

Have a question about Under the Canopy? Click the topics below for more information. If you have a question that is not answered, give us a call at 905-527-1158.

Will the sloth be at RBG everyday? / Will I get to touch the animals?

Animal wellbeing is our top priority. Little Ray’s educators and/or zookeepers are certified and experienced in proper exotic animal care and will be on-site throughout the exhibit to ensure each of our special guests’ needs are met.

RBG will remain attentive to the animals needs and adjust programming accordingly. Because of this, there may be times where certain animals may not be on display or present for interactive presentations and meet-ups.

Sloths are experts at saving energy and can sleep as long as 20 hours a day. It’s similar to house cats who will sleep most of the day, only moving to find a new spot. Wicket occasionally enjoys a climb around his habitat before needing a long rest and often indicates “no thank you” to coming out. While it’s a treat to see him active or out of his habitat, we always respect his need to be a sloth.

Hands-on experiences with the animals will not be available. They can be viewed in their enclosures and some will be featured in our Animal Encounter programs (see schedule above).

Tickets

Winter exhibit is included in general admission! Tickets must be pre-purchased online. Timed-ticket entry required.

Winter exhibit is included in your RBG Membership, registration still required. Become a member for unlimited visits to the garden all year long! Members must present membership card upon entry.

What is included?

Purchasing General Admission tickets gives you access to the winter exhibit Under the Canopy during your registered time. Food, drink, and purchases at Shop at the Gardens are available for additional costs.

General Admission also provides access to RBG’s other spaces for the same day (see seasonal hours).

  • Indoor Mediterranean Garden & Seasonal Displays at RBG Centre
  • The historic Rock Garden
  • A parking pass for use at RBG Trailheads (available at the RBG Centre kiosk upon request)

Additional activities may be available for an additional cost. See the full calendar to learn more about what’s happening during your visit.

Arrival / Entry

When planning your visit, please note that you may arrive at any time within your timeslot (indicated on your ticket). Different arrival times allows RBG to offer a better overall experience by reducing lineups. You can expect to spend approximately 1 hour at this experience. When you arrive at RBG Centre (680 Plains Road W., Burlington) for your start time you will be greeted by our staff team who will check you in and direct you to the exhibit.

You will be required to present your pre-purchased tickets upon arrival, either printed out or digitally on your personal device. Each ticket will be scanned. The confirmation receipt is not a ticket. Your tickets were sent to you as an attachment in the confirmation e-mail you received after booking.

Food & Drink

Masks are required in all indoor spaces at all times. Outside food and drink is not permitted.

The Greenhouse Cafe will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are not required but are highly recommended, especially for weekends, holidays, or larger groups.

Directions & Parking

This event is held inside RBG Centre at 680 Plains Road W. Burlington Ontario. Parking is included, available in the large lot at RBG Centre. 

RBG Centre is located along bus routes for Burlington Transit, with stops a short distance from the entrance.

See directions and parking for more details.

Accessibility

RBG Centre is accessible, with a ramp and elevators. Accessible parking spaces are available outside RBG Centre.

RBG welcomes the use of personal assistive devices that allow visitors to enjoy our facilities and services. RBG has a limited number of wheelchairs available for loan at the RBG Centre. Wheelchairs are available on a first-come basis and may not be reserved in advance. It is recommended that guests bring their own wheelchairs.

Learn more about Accessibility at RBG. If you have any further questions about accessibility at this event please contact us by phone (905-527-1158) or by email at info@rbg.ca.

Pets & Service Animals

With the exception of service animals, personal dogs/cats/animals are not permitted in RBG’s indoor spaces.

Pets are welcome in RBG’s outdoor spaces during regular operating hours so long as they remain leashed. Please be responsible and clean up after your pets.

Am I required to be vaccinated to enter RBG?

As of March 1, RBG no longer requires visitors aged to prove they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Please see RBG’s Covid FAQs for details and to learn more about visiting safely.

Are masks required?

Royal Botanical Gardens’ (RBG) is making every effort to help ensure your visit is enjoyable and, above all, safe. 

Following the advice of public health authorities, masks are required to access all indoor spaces (exhibit, restaurants, indoor garden areas, Shop at the Gardens, washrooms, etc.), and while standing in any lineup (either indoors or outdoors). Please wear a mask outdoors when you are unable to keep your distance from others.

Please observe all markers and one-way indicators upon arrival and stick with your group for the duration of the event, following physical distancing guidelines. 

I have already purchased tickets and no longer feel safe visiting, what are my options?

If you have already purchased tickets and no longer wish to attend, you are eligible for a refund. Please request a refund through Eventbrite.

What do I do if I feel ill?

As part of our commitment and shared responsibility for the health and safety of our guests, staff and volunteers, we ask that event attendees perform a self-assessment to help reduce the spread of COVID – 19 prior to entering the event. Should you feel ill please stay home and contact your health care provider. Your tickets can be transferred to other family members or friends (no transfer fee required). 

Ontario COVID-19 Self-Assessment

How to cancel a free member order?

  1. Go to your order
  2. Log in to your Eventbrite account. Then go to “Tickets” and click on your order.
  3. Choose “Cancel Order”.
    1. Desktop — Select ‘Cancel Order” (next to your order details). Then choose “Yes, cancel this order”.
    2. Eventbrite app — Select the three-dot menu in the upper right corner and tap “Cancel order”.
  4. Check for an email from Eventbrite.

Terms & Conditions

Tickets purchased to the winter exhibit, Under the Canopy, are final sale and non-refundable. Tickets for this experience can be transferred to someone else if you can no longer attend the experience. Please keep your tickets and confirmation: it is proof of your purchase and allows entry into the experience.

Liability: RBG assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to property, or for personal injury or mishap; all activities are at the risk of the participant.

Filming/Photography Release: Please be advised that all photos, audio-video, and static images taken at this experience may be used for exhibit, reproduction, and/or distribution for RBG related promotional use, including all forms of print, television advertisement, social media and /or website display. In consideration of your participation as a guest or attendee of this experience, you authorize Royal Botanical Gardens, its legal representatives, suppliers, invited media and assigns unrestricted right and permission to copyright and use such photos and images under their sole discretion. Royal Botanical Gardens, its legal representatives, suppliers, invited media and assigns are released without limitation of any claims for libel or invasion of privacy.

By purchasing tickets and participating in this experience on RBG properties, you are agreeing to the above release for yourself, and on behalf of your guests.