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. For Royal Botanical Gardens and beyond, use our Burlington holiday planner to get the most from your Burlington vacation.
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  • August 11, 2017
    Spent the afternoon wandering the gardens. We started with the updated Rock Garden. They did a wonderful job updating and making the garden accessible. Then we headed over to the Hendrie garden which ...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    The kids loved the Lego displays and Koi pond. My six year old loved the different cactus and both of the children loved running around exploring. We spent an entire day- Definitely bring a picnic lun...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    I enjoyed the rock gardens as a child but as an older person now I appreciate that they have re-designed the Rock gardens with a ramp for strollers, wheelchairs or those with bad knees. But if you tak...  more »
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  • June 7, 2017
    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.
  • July 5, 2017
    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.
  • July 5, 2017
    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.
  • June 9, 2017
    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.
  • July 7, 2017
    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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