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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Kulsum L
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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, Canada300 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, Canada51 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, Canada300 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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Amandsfun
Port Perry, Canada799 contributions
Beautiful place
Aug 2020
Beautiful places, lots of walking (which is fine) but lots of driving too, it is spread out and you need to get from place to place.

Pricing at $18 per adult I found a bit expensive considering somethings were closed due to COVID and construction.

Beautiful place for a walk, would go in spring next time, not too much blooming in August.
Written September 3, 2020
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Lynne M
Toronto, Canada288 contributions
A humid Sunny Day at the Gardens
Sep 2020
It was good to visit a place where we did not have to buy tickets in advance for a specific time; and no line-up. Walked in and went about walking around the gardens. We had planned to lunch there, but only the Tea shop was open for take-out, very limited options. It appears to us that the park is very broken up. We tried to find the rock garden, based on staff directions, no hope of that. Staff needs to be better informed. Three people at the front desk could not tell us what the flowers/plants at the entrance were, a beautiful display. However, to their credit they did find out for us. If your'e going to work in a Bot garden, shouldn't there be minimum knowledge requirements of the products?
Written September 2, 2020
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Ioannis E
Ottawa, Canada138 contributions
Heaven on earth
Aug 2020
Heaven on earth! Unbelievable . Plan a pic-nic and a day in the nature. Absolute relaxation for adults . Visit all 3 parks included in the ticket price.
Better enjoyed without kids (hehe)
Written August 26, 2020
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Cucina_Stefano
Woodstock, Canada6 contributions
Wonderful Patio Lunch at the Rock Garden
Aug 2020
After a nice tour of the beautiful Rock Garden we enjoyed a lovely and relaxing lunch on the outdoor patio. The food was delicious and made with locally grown and sourced ingredients. The staff was very friendly and the tables well distanced from other guests. We felt safe and really enjoyed our visit. Dining on the patio also affordEd a great view of the surrounding flowers, plants and trees.
Written August 9, 2020
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megazettai
52 contributions
It's ok
Jul 2020 • Couples
This place is alright, not as beautiful as the pics on google.
I wonder if it's because of pandemic (the garden is less-maintained compared to normal time).
Love the rock garden (it's japanese inspired garden..peace and tranquil) and hendrie valley.

Saw some unique plants and love the art..
Dont think this place will interest kid though ..unless they are into plant and bee.
Lots of 'section' is also closed (due to covid). So not that much to see.
Because of this, i think better to come after 5 (price is $15 instead of $18). We spent around 2hrs to 3 garden (lake, rock, hendrie) and 1 trail (hendrie valley).

Written August 1, 2020
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