Trains at RBG

RBG loves trains! We are home to three separate locomotive attractions, typically running seasonally during Holiday Traditions.

Escarpment TrainBotanical TrainRBG Express

Escarpment Train Exhibit

Weekends, November 17 - December 24
Daily, December 27 – 31, January 2 – 6

10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.*; Rock Garden

Also available as part of Winter Lights at the Rock!

RBG’s newest "G scale" model 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.

*Closes at 12 p.m. December 24 and 3 p.m. December 31.

At Rock Garden (1185 York Boulevard). The exhibit is displayed indoors at the Robert Stipe Garden House, but requires walking through the outdoor Rock Garden to access.

 Included in your General Admission or Membership


model train on track surrounded by poinsettias

Botanical Train Display

Daily*, November 17 to January 6

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; RBG Centre

Also available as part of RBG's North Pole Experiences!

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

*Date restrictions apply: RBG closed December 25, 26 and January 1. Closing at 3 p.m. December 24 and 31.

 Included in your General Admission or Membership


large, colourful, ride-along train drives along a path surrounded by snow

RBG Express

See Schedule Below; Hendrie Park

All aboard! Take a ride on the RBG Express through the winter beauty of Hendrie Park. The train accomodates up to 20 riders, and is available to and from Santa's Cabin as part of RBG's North Pole Experiences. The train is also available after Christmas for paid rides throughout the garden.

 Additional costs apply, see the schedule below.

Ride as part of Santa's Signature Experience

This experience is SOLD OUT. With the RBG Express fully booked for this event, the train will NOT be available for rides by non-ticketholders on these days (weekends, Thursday and Friday evenings).

If you wish to ride the RBG Express, you can still do so as part of Visits with Santa (Wednesday evenings leading up to Christmas) or from December 27 to January 6 (excluding January 1). Keep reading for more details.

Ride during Visits with Santa

Nov 21, 28, Dec 5, 12, 19; 5 to 8 p.m.
Friday Nov 23; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday Dec 7; 1 to 4 p.m.

Visits with Santa (included in General admission or membership) are available on select Wednesdays and Fridays leading up to Christmas. During these days, rides on the RBG Express are available for purchase.

$2 per child (12 and under) and $4 for adults.

General Admission also applies. Payment can be made when you arrive at RBG Centre on the day of your visit.

December 27 to January 6*

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

After Santa has left and Christmas has passed, the RBG Express is available until January 6 for those who wish to purchase a ride.

$2 per child (12 and under) and $4 for adults.

General Admission also applies. Payment can be made when you arrive at RBG Centre on the day of your visit.

*Date restrictions apply: RBG closed January 1.