• Royal Botanical Gardens

For over 80 years Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) has been an ecological jewel at the western tip of Lake Ontario. Conceived and founded through the tireless efforts of early conservationist Thomas Baker McQuesten, RBG lands were set aside to create the region’s first botanical garden. Patterned after Kew Gardens in England, RBG was created to serve as both a regional botanical tourism site and an environmental agency.

At 2,700 acres (1100 hectares), Royal Botanical Gardens is the largest botanical garden in Canada and one of the largest in the world. Within its 60 documented collections approximately 40,000 plants are displayed in five major garden exhibition areas; the Arboretum, Hendrie Park, Laking Garden, RBG Centre and the Rock Garden.

RBG’s Arboretum is more like an English landscape park than a garden. As its name implies, this is the place where you can see a wide variety of trees and other woody plants up close. It is especially beautiful in spring and fall. Two Arboretum landmarks are Rasberry House, named for the family that operated a market garden and dairy farm on this site for nearly 100 years, and its adjacent silo. The handsome old house, which sits up on the hill to the north, now serves as headquarters for the Bruce Trail Association. The Arboretum is large, and with exception of the lilac walk and the shrub collection areas, has few formal paths. It is also a great place for watching and experiencing other animal plant interactions.

Hendrie Park has something for everyone. Meandering through its collections, displays and interesting landscape features, the visitor can smell a rose or be challenged by the thought provoking stories in the medicinal garden. This garden truly illustrates the diversity of both plants and garden design. Discover native plants in a cultivated setting, a new look at vegetable gardening and the see the sky reflected on dark water.

Set on a fertile terraced plain, formerly a market garden, Laking Garden is home to RBG’s herbaceous perennial collections. The belvedere at the end of the path offers a panoramic view over the entire garden. This garden, overlooked by a small cottage offers the visitor an insight into the depth and breadth of perennial plants. Visitors in June should watch their step, as turtles will likely be nesting in the fertile soil of the lower terrace.

The year round focal point of Royal Botanical Gardens is RBG Centre. Here you will find both indoor and outdoor displays along with the administrative offices of the institution. Orient yourself to the property in Stedman Exploration Hall, stop by the Mediterranean Garden and explore a living wall in the Camilla and Peter Dalglish Atrium. Access Hendrie Park through an underground tunnel to continue your exploration of the plant world.

Built in 1930-31 on the site of an abandoned gravel pit, the 2.43-hectare (6-acre) Rock Garden was RBG’s first major display garden. Before its transformation, the surrounding area was littered with billboards and old shacks. As part of a make-work beautification project during the Depression, tons of weathered limestone rocks were brought in from nearby quarries to create the garden’s structure and its charming, irregular network of staircases, linked ponds, bridges, and waterfalls. Decades later, the rocks look as though they’ve been in place forever. This garden amphitheatre is a magical place, exuding an atmosphere of both tranquility and mystery.

The RBG now has The International Sculpture Collection, which is a permanent collection located in Hendrie Park. The collection was created by founding donor Dan Lawrie with RBG. It is an addition of new works over 10 years.

RBG Centre, the Arboretum and Hendrie Park remain open during the winter season (outdoor gardens are open - weather permitting.)


Location:

680 Plains Rd. W
Burlington, ON
L7T 4H4
905-527-1158
1-800-694-4769

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    • Winter Lights at the Rock
      Rock Garden

      Let the light be your guide as the Rock Garden awakens the spirit of winter! Explore how multicultural traditions and… More >

      Let the light be your guide as the Rock Garden awakens the spirit of winter! Explore how multicultural traditions and activities that make us quintessentially Canadian are rooted in natural phenomena that change the seasons. Immerse yourself in a story of celebrations and adaptations.

      5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (last admittance is 7:30 p.m.)

      Part of Holiday Traditions

       

       

      Tickets
      Admission $10.00
      Child aged 0 – 2 years Free
      *Members receive 10% off
      *Prices are subject to HST

      Time 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

      Location 1185 York Blvd, Hamilton, L0R 2H9

      Web http://www.rbg.ca/winterlights


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    • Santa's Signature Experience
      Royal Botanical Gardens

      Santa returns to his favourite garden and he’s brought along his merry elves to deliver the most joyous holiday celebration… More >

      Santa returns to his favourite garden and he’s brought along his merry elves to deliver the most joyous holiday celebration yet! Santa has returned with a signature experience for all of his little visitors to enjoy.

      Your ticket includes a return trip on The RBG Express, hot chocolate and a cookie, storytelling and crafting with Santa’s helpers and of course your visit with Santa.

      Time-ticketed, pre-registration required. This experience is approximately 1 hour. Please arrive to RBG at least 15 minutes prior to your departure time. A portion of this experience is outdoors.

      Tickets available at: https://www.rbg.ca/santa 

      Location 680 Plains Road W, Burlington, L7H 4H4

      Web https://www.rbg.ca/santa


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    • Holiday Traditions
      Royal Botanical Gardens

      In this, Canada's 150th year, Royal Botanical Gardens is going bigger than ever with our holiday celebrations. Join us for… More >

      In this, Canada's 150th year, Royal Botanical Gardens is going bigger than ever with our holiday celebrations. Join us for performances, Santa experiences, exhibits and more as we welcome the holiday season.

      rbg.ca/holidaytraditions
       pre-registration required
      (t) Ticketed event, RBG member discount applies

      North Pole Experiences
      We are keeping the Claus' busy this holiday season! From Santa visits and train rides, to storytimes and brunches, there are lots of opportunities to have your own North Pole Experience at RBG. 
      - Santa's Signature Experience (t) rbg.ca/santa#visit
      - Brunch With Santa and Mrs. Claus (t) rbg.ca/santa#storytelling

      Holiday Entertainment
      Get in the holiday spirit by celebrating the arts! RBG presents weekend performances for the whole family, and special events with Second City and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.
      - The Second City (t) rbg.ca/hpo-rocks
      - Weekly Entertainment (i) rbg.ca/
      holiday-entertainment

      Displays & Exhibits
      Slow it down and take time to experience the joy of the season with three holiday displays at RBG. Marvel at the detail in two different train displays, and experience the Rock light up for a seasonal celebration.
      - Lightshow at the Rock (t) rbg.ca/escarpment-train
      - Botanical Train Display (i) rbg.ca/holiday-traditions

      Location 680 Plains Road W, Burlington, L7T 4H4

      Web http://www.rbg.ca/holidaytraditions


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    • T.B McQuestion Sculpture

      RBG founder Thomas Baker McQuesten B. McQuesten The T.B. McQuesten Sculpture Competition will celebrate the legacy of the community leader… More >

      RBG founder Thomas Baker McQuesten B. McQuesten The T.B. McQuesten Sculpture Competition will celebrate the legacy of the community leader and set in motion the process of honouring him in perpetuity.

      Location 680 Plains Rd. W, Burlington, L7T 4H4

      Web http://www.rbg.ca/150-arts


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    • Indigenous People and Plant Discovery Trail

      The Indigenous People and Plants Discovery Trail will showcase Anishinabek culture’s relationship with Ontario’s native flora. The trail will be… More >

      The Indigenous People and Plants Discovery Trail will showcase Anishinabek culture’s relationship with Ontario’s native flora. The trail will be created in partnership with Anishinabek elders and traditional teachers.

      Location 680 Plains Rd. W, Burlington, L7T 4H4

      Web http://www.rbg.ca/150-nature


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    • Dan Lawrie International Sculpture Collection

      The International Sculpture Collection to Royal Botanical Gardens. In 2017, new sculpture will be added to celebrate the Sesquicentennial. More >

      The International Sculpture Collection to Royal Botanical Gardens. In 2017, new sculpture will be added to celebrate the Sesquicentennial.

      Location 680 Plains Rd. W, Burlington, L7T 4H4

      Web http://www.rbg.ca/150


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    • Ontarian Culinary Experiences

      The RBG Culinary Journey (4-6 dinners) will showcase different Ontario regions and their cuisine, emphasizing local ingredients and traditions. Stay… More >

      The RBG Culinary Journey (4-6 dinners) will showcase different Ontario regions and their cuisine, emphasizing local ingredients and traditions. Stay tuned for confirmed dates.

      Location 680 Plains Rd. W, Burlington, L7T 4H4

      Web http://www.rbg.ca/150-arts


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    • Escarpment Train Show
      RBG Rock Garden

      All aboard! RBG’s newest train experience takes you on a journey through four seasons of whimsical Canadian landscapes while telling… More >

      All aboard! RBG’s newest train experience takes you on a journey through four seasons of whimsical Canadian landscapes while telling the story of how railroads shaped our history. The Escarpment Train Exhibit illustrates three eras of locomotion history including the steam engines of the late 1800s, the streamliners of the 1930s and the powerful modern diesels of the 1960s up to present day.

      Included in your General Admission (Pre-Registration Required)
      Tickets and more information at rbg.ca/trains

      Registration available for each day 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

      Time Every day 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

      Location 1185 York Blvd, Hamilton, L0R 2H9

      Web https://www.rbg.ca/trains


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    • Winter Lights at the Rock
      Rock Garden

      Let the light be your guide as the Rock Garden awakens the spirit of winter! Explore how multicultural traditions and… More >

      Let the light be your guide as the Rock Garden awakens the spirit of winter! Explore how multicultural traditions and activities that make us quintessentially Canadian are rooted in natural phenomena that change the seasons. Immerse yourself in a story of celebrations and adaptations. 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (last admittance is 7:30 p.m.)Holiday Traditions Tickets Admission $10.00 Child aged 0 – 2 years Free *Members receive 10% off *Prices are subject to HST

      Time 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

      Location 1185 York Blvd, Hamilton, L0R 2H9

      Web http://www.rbg.ca/winterlights


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    • Fest of Ales

      RBG's Fest-of-Ales returns to help kick off the holiday season in the best way possible - with craft beer! This… More >

      RBG's Fest-of-Ales returns to help kick off the holiday season in the best way possible - with craft beer! This year includes DJs, breweries, food stations, a cash bar for those wanting libations other than beer, and a mocktail station for our important DDs!

      Time 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

      Location 680 Plains Rd. W, Burlington, L7T 4H4

      Web http://www.rbg.ca/visitorevents?cgid=3&ceid=2018&cerid=0&cdt=08/12/2016


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    • Winter Lights at the Rock
      Rock Garden

      <p> Let the light be your guide as the Rock Garden awakens the spirit of winter! Explore how multicultural traditions… More >

      <p> Let the light be your guide as the Rock Garden awakens the spirit of winter! Explore how multicultural traditions and activities that make us quintessentially Canadian are rooted in natural phenomena that change the seasons. Immerse yourself in a story of celebrations and adaptations. 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (last admittance is 7:30 p.m.)Holiday TraditionsTickets Admission $10.00 Child aged 0 – 2 years Free *Members receive 10% off *Prices are subject to HST

      Time 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

      Location 1185 York Blvd, Hamilton, L0R 2H9

      Web http://www.rbg.ca/winterlights


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    • Escarpment Train Show
      RBG Rock Garden

      All aboard! RBG’s newest train experience takes you on a journey through four seasons of whimsical Canadian landscapes while telling… More >

      All aboard! RBG’s newest train experience takes you on a journey through four seasons of whimsical Canadian landscapes while telling the story of how railroads shaped our history. The Escarpment Train Exhibit illustrates three eras of locomotion history including the steam engines of the late 1800s, the streamliners of the 1930s and the powerful modern diesels of the 1960s up to present day.

      Included in your General Admission (Pre-Registration Required)
      Tickets and more information at rbg.ca/trains

      Registration available for each day 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

      Time Every day 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

      Location 1185 York Blvd, Hamilton, L0R 2H9

      Web https://www.rbg.ca/trains


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    • HPO Rocks RBG
      Royal Botanical Gardens

      The HPO Brass Quintet, composed of five core musicians from the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra will perform seasonal classics and Christmas… More >

      The HPO Brass Quintet, composed of five core musicians from the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra will perform seasonal classics and Christmas carols perfect for the whole family.

      Tickets and more information at: rbg.ca/hpo-rocks

      Dinner-show packages available.

      Time 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

      Location 680 Plains Road W, Burlington, L7T 4H4

      Web https://www.rbg.ca/hpo-rocks


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    • Escarpment Train Show
      RBG Rock Garden

      All aboard! RBG’s newest train experience takes you on a journey through four seasons of whimsical Canadian landscapes while telling… More >

      All aboard! RBG’s newest train experience takes you on a journey through four seasons of whimsical Canadian landscapes while telling the story of how railroads shaped our history. The Escarpment Train Exhibit illustrates three eras of locomotion history including the steam engines of the late 1800s, the streamliners of the 1930s and the powerful modern diesels of the 1960s up to present day.

      Included in your General Admission (Pre-Registration Required)
      Tickets and more information at rbg.ca/trains

      Registration available for each day 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

      Time Every day 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

      Location 1185 York Blvd, Hamilton, L0R 2H9

      Web https://www.rbg.ca/trains


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    • Brunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus
      Royal Botanical Gardens

      Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a delicious brunch buffet! Once you’ve satisfied your appetite, enjoy all of the day’s… More >

      Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a delicious brunch buffet! Once you’ve satisfied your appetite, enjoy all of the day’s activities too!

      Tickets and more information at rbg.ca/santa

      Part of Holiday Traditions

      Time Every day 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

      Location 680 Plains Road W, Burlington, L7T 4H4

      Web https://www.rbg.ca/santa#brunch


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      09
    • The Second City: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly Sweater
      Royal Botanical Gardens

      It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Or at least…. that’s how the song goes. We invite you to… More >

      It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Or at least…. that’s how the song goes. We invite you to laugh along at The Second City Toronto Holiday Show as we make fun of all the washed up, broken down traditions that tend to plague the holiday season. Toronto’s renowned comedy crew serves up a delightful mix of satirical sketches and songs to keep you in a jolly mood from now until the snow melts.

      Starring Jillian Welsh, Phatt Al, Natalie Metcalf, Clare McConnell, Josh Murrary, Sharjil Rasool. Directed by Karen Parker, Musical Director by Jordan Armstrong and Stage Management by Natalie Moore.

      Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. Cash bar and concession items will be available for purchase in the foyer prior to the show and during intermission. Seating is first come first served. You must be 16 years of age or older to attend this show. Tickets to this event are non-refundable.

      Tickets and more information available at rbg.ca/second-city

      Time 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

      Location 680 Plains Road W, Burlington, L7T 4H4

      Web https://www.rbg.ca/second-city


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    • Winter Lights at the Rock
      Rock Garden

      Let the light be your guide as the Rock Garden awakens the spirit of winter! Explore how multicultural traditions and… More >

      Let the light be your guide as the Rock Garden awakens the spirit of winter! Explore how multicultural traditions and activities that make us quintessentially Canadian are rooted in natural phenomena that change the seasons. Immerse yourself in a story of celebrations and adaptations.

      5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (last admittance is 7:30 p.m.)

      Part of Holiday Traditions

       

       

      Tickets
      Admission $10.00
      Child aged 0 – 2 years Free
      *Members receive 10% off
      *Prices are subject to HST

      Time 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

      Location 1185 York Blvd, Hamilton, L0R 2H9

      Web http://www.rbg.ca/winterlights


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    • Escarpment Train Show
      RBG Rock Garden

      All aboard! RBG’s newest train experience takes you on a journey through four seasons of whimsical Canadian landscapes while telling… More >

      All aboard! RBG’s newest train experience takes you on a journey through four seasons of whimsical Canadian landscapes while telling the story of how railroads shaped our history. The Escarpment Train Exhibit illustrates three eras of locomotion history including the steam engines of the late 1800s, the streamliners of the 1930s and the powerful modern diesels of the 1960s up to present day.

      Included in your General Admission (Pre-Registration Required)
      Tickets and more information at rbg.ca/trains

      Registration available for each day 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

      Time Every day 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

      Location 1185 York Blvd, Hamilton, L0R 2H9

      Web https://www.rbg.ca/trains


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    • Brunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus
      Royal Botanical Gardens

      Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a delicious brunch buffet! Once you’ve satisfied your appetite, enjoy all of the day’s… More >

      Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a delicious brunch buffet! Once you’ve satisfied your appetite, enjoy all of the day’s activities too!

      Tickets and more information at rbg.ca/santa

      Part of Holiday Traditions

      Time 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

      Location 680 Plains Road W, Burlington, L7T 4H4

      Web https://www.rbg.ca/santa#brunch


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    • Winter Lights at the Rock
      Rock Garden

      Let the light be your guide as the Rock Garden awakens the spirit of winter! Explore how multicultural traditions and… More >

      Let the light be your guide as the Rock Garden awakens the spirit of winter! Explore how multicultural traditions and activities that make us quintessentially Canadian are rooted in natural phenomena that change the seasons. Immerse yourself in a story of celebrations and adaptations.

      5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (last admittance is 7:30 p.m.)

      Part of Holiday Traditions

       

       

      Tickets
      Admission $10.00
      Child aged 0 – 2 years Free
      *Members receive 10% off
      *Prices are subject to HST

      Time 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

      Location 1185 York Blvd, Hamilton, L0R 2H9

      Web http://www.rbg.ca/winterlights


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    • Escarpment Train Show
      RBG Rock Garden

      All aboard! RBG’s newest train experience takes you on a journey through four seasons of whimsical Canadian landscapes while telling… More >

      All aboard! RBG’s newest train experience takes you on a journey through four seasons of whimsical Canadian landscapes while telling the story of how railroads shaped our history. The Escarpment Train Exhibit illustrates three eras of locomotion history including the steam engines of the late 1800s, the streamliners of the 1930s and the powerful modern diesels of the 1960s up to present day.

      Included in your General Admission (Pre-Registration Required)
      Tickets and more information at rbg.ca/trains

      Registration available for each day 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

      Time Every day 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

      Location 1185 York Blvd, Hamilton, L0R 2H9

      Web https://www.rbg.ca/trains


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    • Winter Lights at the Rock
      Rock Garden

      Let the light be your guide as the Rock Garden awakens the spirit of winter! Explore how multicultural traditions and… More >

      Let the light be your guide as the Rock Garden awakens the spirit of winter! Explore how multicultural traditions and activities that make us quintessentially Canadian are rooted in natural phenomena that change the seasons. Immerse yourself in a story of celebrations and adaptations. 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (last admittance is 7:30 p.m.)Holiday Traditions Tickets Admission $10.00 Child aged 0 – 2 years Free *Members receive 10% off *Prices are subject to HST

      Time 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

      Location 1185 York Blvd, Hamilton, L0R 2H9

      Web http://www.rbg.ca/winterlights


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    • Escarpment Train Show
      RBG Rock Garden

      All aboard! RBG’s newest train experience takes you on a journey through four seasons of whimsical Canadian landscapes while telling… More >

      All aboard! RBG’s newest train experience takes you on a journey through four seasons of whimsical Canadian landscapes while telling the story of how railroads shaped our history. The Escarpment Train Exhibit illustrates three eras of locomotion history including the steam engines of the late 1800s, the streamliners of the 1930s and the powerful modern diesels of the 1960s up to present day.

      Included in your General Admission (Pre-Registration Required)
      Tickets and more information at rbg.ca/trains

      Registration available for each day 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

      Time Every day 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

      Location 1185 York Blvd, Hamilton, L0R 2H9

      Web https://www.rbg.ca/trains


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    • Escarpment Train Show
      RBG Rock Garden

      All aboard! RBG’s newest train experience takes you on a journey through four seasons of whimsical Canadian landscapes while telling… More >

      All aboard! RBG’s newest train experience takes you on a journey through four seasons of whimsical Canadian landscapes while telling the story of how railroads shaped our history. The Escarpment Train Exhibit illustrates three eras of locomotion history including the steam engines of the late 1800s, the streamliners of the 1930s and the powerful modern diesels of the 1960s up to present day.

      Included in your General Admission (Pre-Registration Required)
      Tickets and more information at rbg.ca/trains

      Registration available for each day 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

      Time Every day 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

      Location 1185 York Blvd, Hamilton, L0R 2H9

      Web https://www.rbg.ca/trains


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