Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington

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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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  • A group of 10 of us visited the RBG to see the Rock Gardens and have lunch. The directions were a bit confusing but we all arrived on time and the rates were very reasonable. The walk through the gard...  more »
  • I have gone to all of the RBG trails and gardens this summer. The new Rock garden is just beautiful although I did not see it before. They did a great job. Not too much colour but for that go to Hendr...  more »
  • Although it is divided in 3 sections that you have to drive to. It is easy to spend 1 - 1.5 hours walking around taking photos and relaxing in each section. We only made it to 2 sections plus lunch. T...  more »
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  • We went on a field trip with my children's school and was really looking forward to it. It was a terrible experience. The "activities" for kids on a field trip are really not adapted to the age group, and do not engage the children in any way. There is nothing interactive. It was extremely boring for us and the kids. I will NEVER go back and plan on writing a letter of complaint to them. I couldn't believe the lack of thought and effort that went into, or rather, didn't go into welcoming kids here. What a letdown.
  • Came up from Michigan for some camping and ended up checking out this gem of a place. Absolutely beautiful gardens made for an incredible experience. Amazing and informative exhibits, learned a lot about medicinal plants and all their uses. Best part? Lego sculptures throughout!!! Definitely will be back on our next trip to Canada.
  • Love the RBG. Such a beautiful garden and they have so much to see and do. My family gets a membership because you need to visit many times over the summer to see all the different types of flowers in bloom and their children's activities run all year. Definitely worth going to the lilac festival. The smell is amazing.
  • Great way to spend a day outdoors with the kids. Lots of different walking trails and gardens to explore. They have different kid friendly exhibits on throughout the year. It's a little pricey, the membership is a good deal if you plan on going a couple times a year.
  • The Rock Garden area was beautiful. The rest was kinda boring/not that stunning. A bit pricey for what you get in comparison to the other Botanical gardens I've been to. Still had a good time though. The Legos were also very cool

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