Royal Botanical Gardens

Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington: Hours, Address, Royal Botanical Gardens Reviews: 4.5/5

Royal Botanical Gardens
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) is the largest botanical garden in Canada, a National Historic Site, and registered charitable organization with a mandate to bring together people, plants and nature. Royal Botanical Gardens is located at the western tip of Lake Ontario. Four distinct formal gardens are contained with 1100 hectares of nature reserve, nestled into the slopes of the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve. The ever changing seasons, blooms, and natural phenomenon make each visit a new experience. Explore and enjoy the many historical plant collections, the Mediterranean Greenhouse, 27 km of nature trails and special events such as art and music in the gardens, blooms festivals and more.
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Jeff N
Minneapolis, MN36 contributions
Super
Aug. 2021
Beautiful gardens and friendly staff. We especially loved the Rock Garden. Glad we added it in to our trip.
Written August 30, 2021
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John M
Hamilton, Canada197 contributions
Great displays, happy to see bees in full action.
Aug. 2021 • Family
A lot of bees are in action pollinating the flowers in the garden. I even saw carpenter bees with pollen on their bodies. Bumle bees and honey bees were also present.

However sad to see the invasive green Japanese beetle all clumped together in the flowers.

Went in all of their gardens: Hendrie Park, Laking Garden, and Rock Garden. The Rock Garden has significantly less flowers than the other two.

Admission price is decent. Also watch out for the road to Laking Garden. Wildlife photographers are gathering by the single lane bridge trying to take wildlife photos of the nearby marsh.
Written August 28, 2021
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spud0018
Mississauga, Canada588 contributions
Beautiful Gardens
Jul. 2021
Visited the gardens after purchasing Travelzoo vouchers. Haven't been in likely 30+ years. Really enjoyed the Rock Garden - not to be missed. Such a lovely picturesque setting. You need to drive around to each of the 4 gardens as no shuttle bus runs due to COVID restrictions.
Written July 10, 2021
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Indah Edlightz
Ontario, Canada2,187 contributions
For nature lovers
Jun. 2021
RBG Laking Garden. If you like outdoors and nature, then this is the place for you. I meant to come here for years and it truly does not disappoint. Although parking and getting here is a bit of a challenge if you come later in the day as its a very busy busy place with nature and bird lovers. when we came it it was ok, but leaving was a challenge as the road was packed with bird watchers with cameras so you have to watch as you drive as they are not really paying attention. Great trails and lots of natural beauty to see.
Written July 3, 2021
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George M
London, Canada245 contributions
Dogs are welcome here!
Jul. 2021
Expect to spend a fair amount of time to see it all at this National Historic Site. There are several gardens spread out on Plains Road.

Beautiful gardens that look natural - not as rigid as I expected.

The Rock Garden is particularly worth a visit.

Also, dogs are welcome!
Written July 2, 2021
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Kulsum L
1 contribution
Make the Membership cost very high - make it more inclusive
Jun. 2021
We bought tickets online for $12 per person and drove from Toronto on Sunday June 13th and were really disappointed that we could not use the tickets since it was only available to members for the day as it was membership day and non-members were not allowed in. We spoke to the manager and explained that we drove from Toronto and were one of the first ones to get there and if it was possible to use our tickets for the day. He was not flexible and we asked for membership cost and it was $80.00 per person which was very expensive for the general public. We plan to take another trip as we have the tickets until November however, wish RBG can be more inclusive so general public can also enjoy nature and the largest botanical garden in Canada which is a National historic site. Make this historic site inclusive!!!!!!
Written June 14, 2021
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OntarioTraveler9
Burlington, Canada345 contributions
Not need to go to High Park for the Cherry Blossoms
Apr. 2021
I went to the arboretum at the Royal Botanical Garden and saw some beautiful cherry blossoms, around the parking circle and also further into the park. Not crowded, and it was open, and the flowers and trees are beautiful.
Written May 9, 2021
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FRS
Stoney Creek, Canada55 contributions
Beautiful Winter Wonders Christmas Display
Nov. 2020 • Friends
The RBG Hendrie Park has a beautiful Christmas lights display with Christmas trees, an Arctic Fox display, a light tunnel, and nutcrackers. Perfect evening out for families and friends with great photo opportunities. The Teahouse offers hot drinks and snacks. Even if you purchase tickets online, you have to wait in the lineup which can be quite long, however it moves quickly. Adult tickets are $18 each and well worth it this year with so many other Christmas activities being cancelled due to the pandemic. Highly recommend going early in the season before it gets too cold.
Written November 22, 2020
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OntarioTraveler9
Burlington, Canada345 contributions
Wonderful Christmas Lights Displays
Nov. 2020
Went to see the Winter Wonders, Discover the Magic of Nature and Light, at the Hendrie Park of the Royal Botanical Garden. We arrived just past 5pm, and there was already this long line waiting to get in. Fortunately it took us just about 15 minutes to get inside. The path are very well marked and there are volunteers directing the traffic and we all supposed to go in one direction. People mostly kept the social distancing protocol. The Christmas lights are wonderful, and it took us about an hour to complete the walk. They have lots of 'Christmas trees', but I wish they have one huge tree with all the lights you can imagine as the centre piece. If you want to visit, pick a warm day and go early.
Written November 21, 2020
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victorapz
Toronto, Canada58 contributions
Huge botanical garden
Sep. 2020
Huge gardens you need a car to go to all of them, some of them could be closed check in advance. I like the wooded area, and inside there are some Mediterranean and tropical plants where the weather is a bit hot.
Written September 13, 2020
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