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Address: 680 Plains Road West, Burlington, Ontario L7T 1J1, Canada
Phone Number: +1 905-527-1158
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Description: Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) is the largest botanical garden in Canada, a...
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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A Maying

My wife and I toured May, 2015. Last winter was severe, and the staff was making a great effort to overcome the winter's ravages. The red buds were beautiful, and the tulips all... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Sinclairville, New York
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Burlington, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

A great spot to bring visitors, or go for quiet communion with nature - or organized gardens, or a breath of spring - depending on the season, you will have great options to enjoy. love the mix of art and environment, the calm spaces and the semi-adventurous walk into the marsh to see the emerging wild-life in spring. visitors old... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Having recently visited High Park in Toronto I was looking forward to my first visit to the Botanical Gardens in Burlington. We first went to the Mediterranean Gardens inside the main building and were surprised at the lack of upkeep of the displays. On a scale of 1 to 10 I'd give this display a 3 out of 10. As... More 

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Sinclairville, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

My wife and I toured May, 2015. Last winter was severe, and the staff was making a great effort to overcome the winter's ravages. The red buds were beautiful, and the tulips all they can be. The rock garden is still closed, and now not expected to be reopened until 2016 we were told. The short drive from the gardens... More 

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Brampton, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Check out what's in bloom to plan your trip accordingly. Late May is lilac time! The lilacs were so beautiful and totally worth the trip. I can't wait until the rock garden re-opens. I did lots of walking and was very glad I remembered to bring a water bottle with me. Lunch in the tea house is a little expensive... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

Cool if they have a specific show (the ancient Chinese statutes were there a few years ago) but as far as flowers and wildlife, go to a park, a nature trail or somewhere on the escarpment. Cheaper, less snobby and more interesting

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Toronto, Canada
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26 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Every ear we are coming to the RBG to celebrate the late spring with the lilac blossom. Kids are doing their scavenger hunt (looking for different species of the lilacs), we enjoy the bloom and the smell. We usually spend 3-4 hours in the arboretum garden and then head to the rock garden to see the beauty of the tulips.,... More 

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Kitchener, Canada
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30 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

For the entrance price of $12.50 I would expect a lot more than what I could see in the local park, a nursery or a hotel reception all for free. The brochure they gave us at reception was at least economical with the truth and could also be classed as false advertising. A nice picture of the reflecting pools, pity... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

great place for visitors during spring and summer. nice place to spend a few hours on a nice day. for nearby visitors, they have a lot activities that are very educational and fun for kids.

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Burlington, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

I live in the area and visit the Royal Botanical Gardens every summer. I think the main site is my favourite - I love the medicinal garden and the walkways around the gardens. This is definitely worth a visit.

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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We took our grandchildren to the Frog show. It was so organized and there were plenty of playstations and talks for the children to learn from. We are keeping our eyes open for other things to bring them to now

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