Gardeners, nature lovers and families are all springing up at Royal Botanical Gardens (the “RBG”) in Burlington. This living, interactive museum is the largest botanical garden in Canada and a National Historic Site with multiple gardens and nature sanctuaries.  Here are four ways to spend an afternoon amongst the blooms.

  • 1

    For the wandering spirit

    RBG offers plenty of guided tours and activities, but it is equally enjoyable to aimlessly wander the various gardens. Hendrie Park is a great starting point for a snap-worthy stroll. Blogger Linda Goodmurphy shared her favourite moments on a recent visit: “It makes me happy just to see the many vibrant flowers in bloom. With so many varieties of colourful flowers and diverse gardens, Hendrie Park is a photographer’s dream. It’s tempting to try and capture each lovely bloom so I have to remind myself to pause and just enjoy the beauty without looking through the lens of the camera. For me, strolling the garden paths is a mood-lifting experience. It’s impossible not to feel a sense of peacefulness in the natural setting of the park.” Hendrie Park is known for its extensive rose gardens, boasting many new and antique roses, and is also home to a fascinating Medicinal Garden.

  • 2

    For the nature lover

    RBG’s sprawling site of over 2,400 acres of land includes The Arboretum, where you’ll find the Nature Interpretive Centre and 27 kilometres of walking trails. These trails are home to more than 50 at-risk species and are a major stopover point for thousands of migratory birds.  Throughout the RBG lands, visitors can access various nature sanctuaries where they can climb observation towers, take part in bald eagle viewing, walk the marsh boardwalk, or hit the Escarpment Trail.

  • 3

    For the kids

    Outside at the RBG Centre, kids will love climbing and exploring at the Natural Playground, made entirely out of natural materials. Don’t miss the crowd-pleasing Mediterranean garden, Canada’s only Mediterranean greenhouse, where kids will get a kick out of the koi pond, cork trees and giant cactuses. Family-focused special events include Holiday Traditions featuring the RBG train show, and the annual winter exhibit with its Family Day and March Break programs.

  • 4

    For the garden groupie

    After smelling the roses at Hendrie Park, make your way to the 6-acre Rock Garden. A magical place, exuding an atmosphere of tranquility and mystery, this garden amphitheatre boasts a state of the art visitor centre, accessible paths, and a charming, irregular network of staircases, linked ponds, bridges, and waterfalls. A short drive will take you to Laking Garden, which offers the visitor an insight into the depth and breadth of perennial plants. If you are in pursuit of a certain bloom, check the RBG’s bloom calendar.  Highlights are the iris and peony collections at Laking Garden, one of the most diverse collections of lilac species in the world at the Arboretum, and the extensive narcissus collection in early spring at Hendrie Park.

The Royal Botanical Gardens are open year-round – generally daily 10am – 8pm. Check the RBG calendar for special events.

Experiences & Tours View All >>

October 1 - November 30

Upper Nith River Experience in Fall

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

Fall Colours!

Now thru December 31

Virtual Tour – Griffin House

Griffin House – National Historic Site

733 Mineral Springs Road, Ancaster, ON, L9H 1A1

Now thru October 2

Feed the Alpacas

Alpacas From Eighth & Mud

232 8th Rd E, Stoney Creek, ON L8J 3M2

For the summer months we will be open: Thursday to Sunday 10:00 to 4:30; To book...

Now thru December 31

Virtual Tour – The Hamilton Military Museum

The Hamilton Military Museum

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

August 15 - September 5

Ring Of Fire

Theatre Aquarius

190 King William Street, Hamilton, ON

Various Prices; Weekdays Tuesday to Friday 7:30 pm shows Saturday 1:30 Matinee; Evening 7:30 show...

Now thru December 31

Virtual Tour – Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum

Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum

64 Sulphur Springs Road, Ancaster, ON, L9G 1L8

Now thru December 31

Virtual Tour – Hamilton & Scourge War Ships

Hamilton Civic Museums

Throughout the City of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON, L8R 2K1

August 1 - September 27

Sunflower Kingdom

Andrews Scenic Acres

9365 10 Side Road Milton, ON L9T 2X9

OPEN DAILY FROM 10am-5pm

August 9 - 16

Ghost Walks of Spruce Lane Farm

Bronte Creek Provincial Park

1219 Burloak Drive, Parking lot F - Breckon Shelter

Price Details: Daily vehicle permit required or seasonal park pass. Make a day of it...

Now thru December 27

Nickel Brook Brewery – Online Only

Nickel Brook Brewery

864 Drury Lane, Burlington, ON, L7R 2Y4

Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance to ensure your spot on...

Similar Stories View All >>

Trade FOMO for JOMO: Easy Swaps For More Summer Joy

Get on the fast path towards a more joy-filled summer.

Read More

Forest Bathing 101: 4 Reasons To Take A Woodsy Walk

This Art is Outside: Get an Outdoor Art Fix

Find creative ways to blend an art experience with some fresh air and sunshine.

Read More

Sunday Funday: 4 Retro Ways to End The Week

Bringing back the concept of simple Sunday fun.

Read More

The Stay & Play Scavenger Hunt

The scavenger hunt that needs to be on your summer bucket list.

Read More

The $25 Family Fun Finder Challenge

The Summer of the Staycation.

Read More

8 Ways To Have a Blast on a Canadian Long Weekend

Add some spark to your long weekend this summer.

Read More

4 Fun-Filled Field Trips

Surprise your “class” with an end of the year field trip!

Read More

Let’s Get Virtual

Show Some Local Love

Put Some Zing In Your Spring in Hamilton Halton Brant

Spring adventure is in the forecast at these fun events and festivals.

Read More

Great Spring Road Trips to Swell Small Towns

Explore places that are big on small town charm.

Read More

Get Travel OffersEvent Details and Planning Ideas for Your Next Trip

Sign up to receive the latest Hamilton Halton Brant travel news delivered right to your inbox.