Get ready to spend the day in nature at one of the most beautiful parts of Toronto (and the country!) - the Royal Botanical Gardens!
Toronto's Royal Botanical Gardens are actually Canada's largest, with over 2,400 acres of gardens and natural sanctuary ready to be explored!
In fact, the RGB enjoys a worldwide reputation based on its first-class horticultural collection as well as natural lands, and it also offers extensive educational programs and serves as an outdoor laboratory for scientific research and conservation too!
There are so many areas to Royal Botanical Gardens, we don't know where to begin! In fact, it's so big, some of the gardens have their own address!
You have Hendrie Park, which is their largest cultivated garden area. Hendrie Park really does has something for everyone and truly illustrates the diversity of both plants and garden design!
Then you have the historic Rock Garden, which opened to visitors all the way back in 1932! In fact, the Rock Garden is considered THE birthplace of Royal Botanical Gardens. Pretty amazing! This garden embraces sustainable trends in garden design whilst respecting the integrity of its heritage setting. Here kids can marvel in the brilliant perennials with sweeps of inspiring colour and texture across all seasons!
There's also the Laking Garden, which is set on a fertile terraced plain and once a market garden. Laking Garden is home to the Royal Botanical Gardens herbaceous perennial collections, and make sure you check out the belvedere at the end of the entrance path where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the entire garden!
The Arboretum is always a popular stop on any visit, and is more like an English landscape park than a garden. It's here you can see a wide variety of trees and other woody plants up close. (It's alwaysworth noting it is especially beautiful in spring and fall!)
The Royal Botanical Gardens also have a host of nature trails where you can just stroll and take it all in, plus cafes to enjoy some lunch, family fun and outdoor adventure to keep those younger green thumbs even more entertained, so make sure you stop by on your next family day out in Toronto - nature's calling!
It's worth noting that the Rock Garden, Laking Garden and the Arboretum are located at different addresses:
David Braley and Nancy Gordon Rock Garden:
1185 York Boulevard, Hamilton, Ontario
Laking Garden: 1221 Spring Garden Road, Burlington, Ontario
Arboretum: 16 Old Guelph Road, Hamilton, Ontario
Single Garden: $10 / Full Day Pass: $19
Ages 4 to 12 - Single Garden: $10 / Full Day Pass: $11.50
Student & Senior discounts
RBG’s conservation efforts occur in forest, wetland and prairie habitats and range from species at risk inventories to invasive alien species management.
In additions to the display gardens and horticultural conservation work, Royal Botanical Gardens works hard to preserve and restore its nature sanctuaries. This includes Project Paradise —one of the largest freshwater restoration projects of its kind in North America— that works to restore aquatic habitats of Cootes Paradise and Grindstone Creek marshes.
With a cafe, a bistro and a teahouse there are plenty of options for you to fill up those rumbling stomachs!
They offer plenty of family fun experiences and events so check online before you go so you can plan around it!
There are so many opportunities for students, from camps to virtual classes, field trips, workshops and more, check out the website to see what suits your students best!
You'll find plenty of healthy options at the dining outlets within the gardens
Nature is for everyone! Royal Botanical Gardens is committed to providing all our visitors with equal access to the gardens. The provision of services to persons with disabilities will be integrated whenever possible. They understand that you may have specific needs and we’ll do their best to meet them
Last admission of the day is one hour prior to close for all facilities and garden areas