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Address: 680 Plains Road West, Burlington, Ontario L7T 1J1, Canada
Phone Number: +1 905-527-1158
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10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) is the largest botanical garden in...

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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Holiday Traditions

The RBG is transforming itself into a year round destination. Holiday Traditions runs until January 4. It is a great event for families with young children. Highlight is the G... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Hamilton, Canada
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Hamilton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The RBG is transforming itself into a year round destination. Holiday Traditions runs until January 4. It is a great event for families with young children. Highlight is the G Scale Train exhibit built with botanical materials. This massive model uses 7 tons of cedar slabs, 3000 pounds of rock, 250 feet of track and a waterfall. Among the trains... More 

Thank Barheat
Burlington, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We love the Spring season here with all the flowers in bloom. But to be honest there is not a bad season, even winter when you can look at the freshly fallen snow on the branches of the tree. My brother lives close to this park and it is nice to visit and take a walk around. We probably should... More 

Thank CDNVintage
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The RBG trails are amazing. Bring bird food and the birds will eat from your hand. The main RBG center is full of something for everyone. Even in winter you can go into the greenhouse and smell the flowers. If you need to get your fill of beauty, this is the place.

Thank Elizabeth S
Burlington, Canada
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

there are many beautiful gardens to see here and have all been redone this year. Great place to go for wedding pictures

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Toronto, Canada
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63 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

RBG is amazing to visit any time of the year.Always something happening, something to see. Lilac Festival is our favourite followed by their Christmas/holiday displays. Definitely worth a visit and a a minimal cost. Plan to spend a couple hours wandering around. Be sure to take the time to sit and just relax "smell the roses"....

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Hamilton, Canada
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

This place is beautiful to walk amongst all the gardens and artistic displays they have here. Most areas are wheelchair accessible and not too difficult for seniors or kids to walk on the paths. There is a tea room with washrooms where you can grab a hot drink and bite to eat. I haven't been to any concerts but I'm... More 

Thank Vanessa M
North Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

The RBG is a wonderful place to spend quiet time, bring family visitors, have a picnic or go for a hike. There really is something for everyone here. As well, make sure you check out their events calendar as there is often an event going on at the RBG. Charmaine Hammond, Million Acts of Kindness tour and writer for Canadian... More 

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st. catharines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015 via mobile

We went through the gardens for the first time in several years. The variety of specimens certainly has increased a large amount since we were last there. I enjoyed how plants were identified for you so we wrote down certain ones we would like to ad around our own place. Well maintained and cared for. A relaxing afternoon's walk.

Thank rodney01
Hamilton, Canada
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138 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

We did three of the four outdoor gardens and the Mediterranean garden. The latter was an indoor greenhouse and all the plants from various Mediterranean environments of the world. I always thought that the south west coast near Victoria BC had a Mediterranean environment, but apparently not. Hendrie Park was through a tunnel under the road. It had a huge... More 

Thank Murray S
St. Catharines, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

I attended a conference at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario, which gave me the opportunity to stroll through the gardens and the greenhouses. This is one of my favourite places! Start inside the greenhouses, and meander through the different sections. There are many nooks and crannies to explore. Check out the cactus section, the ponds with the hungry... More 

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