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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  • Our family loves the RBG and have been coming for years. Each season brings something new and interesting, from exhibits at the RBG Centre, lilac hikes at the arboretum, or the Winter Lights at the Ro...  more »
  • We had a lovely family outing on a super chilly day to visit the train displays at both the rock garden and main building of the Royal Botanical Gardens. Our three year old loved both train displays a...  more »
  • This place is a great place to visit in summer, early for the tulips later for roses, even the lots of places to hike, walk with dogs and kids.Late summer great views with fall colours  more »
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  • We were just there for the train exhibit. Don't waste your time registering for the Rock Garden exhibit unless you are super into trains. The main building has a cool train exhibit too and a scavenger hunt through it for the kids. Also another scavenger hunt through the Mediterranean Garden. Will go back to do the outdoor train very soon.
  • I've been to RBG several times for meetings during the holiday season. I love it. The huge train display/village, the decor and of course the gift shop. Never can walk past that with out a peek. Such unique and beautiful things. I love the artwork too.
  • I loved coming here when there weren't many people overcrowding the area, so it seemed more private and romantic that way. Not every section was open or accessible the time I came, but overall my experience here was worth it and enchanting! I would love to come back here again and see it in its entirety. A definite must see for those who love nature, gardens, learning about the different classifications of leaves, trees, plants and flowers!
  • The focus of the RBG seems to be on "special" events for the kids and its substantial conservation lands. Its renovated rock gardens are also very good. However, some of its other gardens have seen better days. It is also quite pricey.
  • Beautiful scenery. Would highly recommend to go with family or even a couple. Lots to see and just relaxes your mind. Try it out I'm sure you'll love your visit.

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Along Lakeshore Road, which straddles the lake and borders the city center and the pleasant Spencer Smith Park, you can choose from a handful of pleasant mid-range hotels offering all the basic amenities. If you're just transiting through Burlington or looking for a convenient location from which to commute to nearby Hamilton, go north of the center to Queen Elizabeth Way. Here, you'll find a collection of standards motels and motor inns providing a comfortable night's sleep.
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