Royal Botanical Gardens
In the middle of the hustle and bustle of fast moving Burlington, Ontario exists the enchanting Royal Botanical Gardens. This idyllic refuge delights the sights and senses with rare plants, endangered animals, walking and hiking trails and idyllic waters for kayaking and canoeing.
Royal Botanical Gardens began operating in 1930 to give the residents access to gardens and parks. Over the years it has grown to be so much more. It is now considered one of the most important Canadian tourist attraction. At over 2,700 acres it is also one of the largest. There are many gardens that features different plants and flowers. Some of these gardens includes Rock Garden, Laking Garden, Hendrie Park and RBG Center. Here one can experience blooming annuals, peonies, orchids, conifers, lilies, a variety of roses and much more. It is also instrumental in the protection of endangered animal species and a protector of the wetlands and marshes.
Royal Botanical Gardens is also a research facility and has many ongoing studies in zoology, horticulture and botany. And while research is important the Botanical Gardens is also mindful of the fact that residents and visitors alike just want to have fun. That is why there are many programs designed for families and children in the form of plays, concerts and nature shows. Come winter the Gardens start buzzing like Santa's North Pole. Along with his reindeers Santa will have have breakfast with the youngsters and then move to his workshop to tell stories, build a toy or make holiday crafts. There is a also a must see train show which is painstakingly designed and recreates many Canadian landmarks. Adults can explore the bird sanctuary, woodland arboretum, tea houses and hear jazz on Wednesday nights.
It is open daily 8-5 including major holidays. If you have a yearning to see the world's largest lily pad, do I have the place for you!