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Royal Botanical Gardens

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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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good value gift shop, restaurant, exhibitions and classes, join if you love summer food & music events

For potential visitors and members: Year round: Greenhouse with tropical plant displays, Gift shop with kitchenware, children's gifts, food and spice, skin care, clothing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
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Keene, New Hampshire
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5 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

The main grounds were boring, typical plantings. Lots of wedding parties taking photos WHY? The adjacent garden on Spring Garden Rd. was much more interesting, had a better feel, if you love gardens.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I visited the gardens in July of 2015 and it was a beautiful place to explore. As the land is so extensive we didn't get to see all of the gardens as we were only there for half of the day so its worth getting up early if you want to see it all! Be sure to check for special... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

For potential visitors and members: Year round: Greenhouse with tropical plant displays, Gift shop with kitchenware, children's gifts, food and spice, skin care, clothing, garden and home decor that have weekly discounts 25-60% off, e.g. patio coffee table $60 reduces to $25, earrings and necklaces starting at $7. Comparing to other tourist attractions, the RBG gift shop is a fairly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This is a great place for a stroll with your family. The gardens are beautiful. We had black sunflower seeds and placed them with our hands out, and the chickadees would fly right onto your hand to get the seeds. Check online as The Royal Botanical offers different programs throughout the year.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This is one of the treasures of Southern Ontario. There's a lot of land to walk around and can't be done in one day. Also there's often things for kids to do so check the schedule online. Down the road from the main buildings is the arboretum which is a must see. There's tons of space for kids to run... More 

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Burlington, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

it is always a gorgeous place - whether you are there with your girl guide studying birds or plants, or as a wedding venue. I have seen it utilized in many ways, never disappoints

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Ontario's Near North, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This is a beautiful place to visit! If you love nature, flowers, a relaxing , revitalizing place, this is the place to go. It truly is an eye opening view of nature. I've been a few times and have gone a different times of the year and it is always interesting. I'd highly recommend it!

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Las Vegas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

If you want to do a great walk and enjoy the beauty of flowers, this one is for you!! The Royal Botanical Gardens are nestled between Burlington and the Hamilton Bay!! Great way to spend a Sunday with the family! There is parking, but get there early so you aren't disappointed.

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Oakville, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I have been to a few botanical gardens and this one has some great paths to walk but the gardens didn't seem as awe inspiring as others I have been too

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

It had been many years since my last visit to take in the beauty and wonderful scents of the Lilac Festival. This time the irises and peonies were in full bloom and they were spectacular! The range of specimens, with their bright and flamboyant blooms was simply outstanding. Be sure to take your camera to capture all the floral beauty.

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Additional Information about Royal Botanical Gardens

Address: 680 Plains Road West, Burlington, Ontario L7T 1J1, Canada
Phone Number: +1 905-527-1158
Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Burlington
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

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