Festivals and Events Calendar

Current seasonal hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Some events are included in your general admission / membership, while others require separate ticketing or registration. Click the activity you are interested in for more details.

Looking a few months ahead? Check out the event listings at rbg.ca/events

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Wildflower Odyssey Weekend

Saturday, May 4, 2019 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

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Wildflower Odyssey Weekend

Saturday May 4 and Sunday May 5

9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Come on a Wildflower Odyssey in Royal Botanical Gardens’ nature sanctuaries, where over 20% of Canada’s wild plant species grow!

Discover the variety of wildflowers along our trails, learn about their ecological and cultural significance, the challenges they face and what you can do to help. During each hike, you can do your part by participating in a garlic mustard pull, removing an invasive species that threatens native wildflowers.

  • Saturday May 4, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Hendrie Valley
  • Saturday May 4, 1:30 to 4 p.m.; Sassafras Point
  • Sunday May 5, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Arboretum
  • Sunday May 5, 1:30 to 4 p.m.; Rock Chapel

 Free Hike, Pre-Registration Required

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These free guided hikes are led by RBG’s ecologists and educators and last 2 to 2.5 hours on May 4 and 5 (morning or afternoon). Each Wildflower Odyssey takes place at a different RBG nature sanctuary, located in either Hamilton or Burlington, and participants must preregister by April 30.

Children 8 years and older welcome. This hike is not suitable for strollers as some of the trails include rough terrain.

Parking fees apply ($1 to $2/hour) at all trailheads. Free parking with valid RBG Member parking pass.

Support for these hikes is thanks to NSERC and Science Odyssey – a Celebration of Discovery and Innovation.

Cette recherche a été financée par le Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et en génie du Canada (CRSNG).

Location: Sassafras Point
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Please note the daily events / activities listed here may be located in different garden areas from other events occuring on the same day. Please check the location in each listing, and consider travel time between gardens when creating your schedule for the day. General Admission paid at one garden area will allow you access into all other gardens for that same day. Click here for an overview of all our gardens and trails.


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Hours and Admission

Learn everything you need to enjoy your time in the gardens! Online tickets available for purchase.

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Parking and Directions

RBG cosists of four formal gardens contained within 1,100 hectares of nature reserve. Parking is available at the various garden areas and trailheads.

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Upcoming Events

RBG hosts events year-round, from blooms celebrations, to performing arts, to holiday celebrations

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