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Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington

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Must see · Garden · Nature / Park
Explore the plant life of Canada on a visit to Royal Botanical Gardens, a large plot of sculpted and cultivated land. Occupying an area of 980 hectares (2,422 acres), the gardens collect a large variety of wild plants of over 1,100 species, including the bashful bulrush--found nowhere else in the country--and the endangered red mulberry. Neatly landscaped with lakes, ponds, rock gardens, and herb gardens, the park offers many pleasant walking routes across its expanse. A visitor center provides a welcome introduction to both the country's natural heritage and the important conservation and scientific work performed here. To visit Royal Botanical Gardens and get the most from your holiday in Burlington, create itinerary details personal to you using our Burlington journey planning app.
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  • Beautiful gardens and friendly staff. We especially loved the Rock Garden. Glad we added it in to our trip.  more »
  • A lot of bees are in action pollinating the flowers in the garden. I even saw carpenter bees with pollen on their bodies. Bumle bees and honey bees were also present. However sad to see the...  more »
  • Visited the gardens after purchasing Travelzoo vouchers. Haven't been in likely 30+ years. Really enjoyed the Rock Garden - not to be missed. Such a lovely picturesque setting. You need to drive.....  more »
  • One of the things you wanna do when in Burlington / Hamilton is to go to the Royal Botanical Garden. This place is immense and there is always something new to see. Although during the cold winter days various shows and displays are not mostly indoors, in the summer the things to see outside multiply by 10 fold !!! Tickets are always available but if you planning on spending lots of time here, consider looking into buying an annual membership - it really has its benefits!
  • We have been before and enjoyed it. This time we went to see the Spiders Alive exhibit. While interesting it was a very small exhibit but they did have a live snake area where you were able to touch and hold the various snakes. Family pass for $40 taxes included is a good deal.
  • Always a great place to see their latest exhibit, take a class, walk the grounds in the beautiful gardens or hike in the natural forest trails. There is a also a great playground for kids accessible from inside their main building. Live outdoor shows in the summer are great. They are in the gardens where you can buy dinner; take a seat or spread out on the grounds in picnic fashion and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells.
  • We are annual members we have been for 3 generations. There is always so much to see and do. One of my most favourite places to go. The gardens are so well cared for. The trails are endless. The birds are reason enough to visit. Nature at its finest.
  • It was a treat to bring my mom and my aunts to the Royal Botanical Gardens. We spent a good 2.5 hours walking around and then driving over to the Rock Garden (also included in admission). Be sure and give yourself time because admission was not cheap. You will be glad you visited. We will come back in the spring or summer to see all the gardens in bloom.

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