This Weekend at RBG: November 18 and 19

There's always something new at RBG! Check back each week for an updated list of tours, events, classes, entertainment, and more!
For information on future weekends and the weekday schedule, check out the RBG visitor events calendar

 
 
 

Holiday Traditions Begins!

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RBG's seasonal celebration begins Saturday November 18, and we're starting off right with two trains, a new light show, family entertainment, holiday activities, and more! Scroll down for the weekend schedule, or click here for more details.

 
 
 
 

Displays and Exhibits

 
 
 

November 18 and 19

Winter Lights at the Rock

5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (last admittance is 7:30 p.m.); Rock Garden

Let the light be your guide as the Rock Garden awakens the spirit of winter! Explore how multicultural traditions and activities that make us quintessentially Canadian are rooted in natural phenomena that change the seasons. Immerse yourself in a story of celebrations and adaptations.

Tickets & More Information

 

   Part of Holiday Traditions
 
 

Saturday and Sunday

NEW Escarpment Train Exhibit

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Rock Garden

All aboard! RBG’s newest train experience takes you on a journey through four seasons of whimsical Canadian landscapes while telling the story of how railroads shaped our history. The Escarpment Train Exhibit illustrates three eras of locomotion history including the steam engines of the late 1800s, the streamliners of the 1930s and the powerful modern diesels of the 1960s up to present day.

Included in your General Admission
(Pre-Registration Required)

 

   Part of Holiday Traditions
 
 
 

November 18 to January 7

Botanical Train Display

Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; RBG Centre
Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; RBG Centre

Constructed from over seven tons of cedar slabs, 3,000 pounds of rock and 250 feet of track, the Botanical Train Show features famous Canadian landmarks from coast to coast!

 Included in your General Admission

 

   Part of Holiday Traditions
 
 
 

Entertainment

 
 
 

Saturday November 18

Hamilton Police Female Choir

11:30 a.m.; RBG Centre

The Hamilton Police Female Choir is unique in that they are the one and only all-female police choir in Canada. The choir is composed of civilian and sworn members, along with retired members of the Hamilton Police Service. Every year they participate in both the Toronto and Ottawa Police Memorials, along with other police choirs from Ontario and Quebec. They are proud of their involvement with the community.

 Included in your General Admission

 

   Part of Holiday Traditions

 

 
 

Saturday November 18

Let It Snow by the Magic Family

1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.; RBG Centre

A show full of comedy, magic, juggling, special effects, audience participation and music is guaranteed to put everyone in the holiday mood!

 Included in your General Admission

 

   Part of Holiday Traditions

 

 
 
 

Sunday November 19

Klaudia’s Music Studio

11:00 a.m.; RBG Centre

Performing string orchestras are made up of students from Klaudia's Music Studio of Oakville. There are three groups: MagicK Orchestra, MiniMagicK, and MiniMiniMagicK, with students from age 6 to adult. They rehearse weekly, supported by the teachers at Klaudia's Music Studio, and perform regularly throughout the year. The program on November 19 at 11:00 A.M. includes Vivaldi, Corrette and The Beatles. Conductors: Ms. Alexis Brett and Mr. Jeremy Potts. Cello instruction: Mr. Janko Marjanovic. Piano accompaniment: Ms. Anne Mosher.

 Included in your General Admission

 

   Part of Holiday Traditions

 

 

 

 
 

Sunday November 19

Comic Show by Juggler Craig Douglas

1:30 p.m.; RBG Centre

Comic Juggler Craig Douglas is a frenetic, kinetic comedian who will have audiences of all ages roaring with laughter. You are invited along for a wild ride as Craig sprints from one thrilling feat to the next: bowling balls fly, machetes whirl, and he even teeters atop a six-foot unicycle!

 Included in your General Admission

 

   Part of Holiday Traditions

 

 
 
 

Discover and Learn

 
 
 

Saturday and Sunday

Winter Walks

11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Hendrie Park

Take a guided walk to discover how the forest has changed to survive the coming winter. Meet in the Hendrie Park Tunnel.

 Included in your General Admission

 

   Part of Holiday Traditions
 
 

Saturday and Sunday

Storytime

10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; RBG Centre

Join an Interpreter to hear a fun holiday story.

 Included in your General Admission

 

   Part of Holiday Traditions

 

 
 
 

Get Active

 
 
 

Sundays

Back to Nature Hike

2:00 p.m. | A different location each week
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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.

 

November 19: Cootes North Shore; meet at the Nature Centre

 

 
 
 

What's In Bloom

 
 
 

What's in Bloom at RBG

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Across RBG
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Take a self-guided tour, and see what flowers and plants are at their peak across RBG Gardens and Nature Sanctuaries.

 
 

Plant of the Week

Freeman Maple; Rock Garden
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Check back each week to discover the history and features of a selected plant before coming out to see it in person.