Royal Botanical Gardens

Site: Burlington

Record #: BTN2611
Last Full Update: 10 Apr 2023

Contact Information

Office Phone RBG Centre 905-527-1158; 
Shop at The Gardens 905-527-1158 ext 224
Toll Free Phone 1-800-694-4769
Fax 905-577-0375
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Agency Information

Description (Agency)

Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) is the largest botanical garden in Canada, a National Historic Site, and registered charitable organization with a mandate to bring together people, plants, and nature

Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Established 1941
Primary Executive Nancy Rowland, Chief Executive Officer; Phone: (Business) 905-527-1158 ext 221; Email:
Funding City / Town ; Regional / Municipal ; Provincial ; Fundraising ; Donations ; Foundation

Description and Service Details

Description (Service)

Four distinct formal gardens and Arboretum are contained with 1100 hectares of nature reserve, including historical plant collections, the Mediterranean Greenhouse, and 27 km of nature trails

  • provide expertise in horticulture, conservation, science, and education

Festivals and Events:

  • Blooms
  • Pumpkin Trail
  • Winter Wonders
  • annual Winter Exhibit
  • for full listing see here 

 Education Programs and Camps:

  • provides educational programs for adults and children on many different topics
  • for full listing see here

Administration Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm 
Garden areas open daily:

  • winter 10 am-5 pm
  • summer 10 am-8 pm
  • holiday hours apply
  • for full details, including which garden areas are available seasonally, see here

All trail heads (including the Arboretum) are open year round

  • parking lot at Rock Chapel is maintained seasonally and is closed throughout the winter
Areas Served Burlington ; Hamilton
Eligibility No restrictions

To become a member at RBG, see here

  • members receive free admission to all outdoor gardens
Languages English
Fees Admission - see here * Fee assistance available for admission passes, annual memberships, school and children’s programming and school transportation costs ; assistance is provided by Green Angels Financial Assistance Program (for additional information see here).

Site Information

Site Location Hwy 403 and Hwy 6
Located In Community Burlington
Address & Map
680 Plains Rd W
Burlington, ON L7T 4H4
Intersection Botanical Dr and Plains Rd W
Mailing Address PO Box 399 
Hamilton, ON L8N 3H8
Physical Access Fully Accessible - RBG Centre, all gardens have some areas that are fully accessible

Categories and Classification

HCSD Main Heading Sports / Recreation
HCSD Sub Heading Parks, Trails & Gardens
Service Categories Botanical Gardens/Arboreta

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