Until October 2013, the Hamilton, Halton, Brant region of Ontario is offering visitors a Canadian Heritage Passport with savings for many attractions and activities in the region. My younger daughter and I recently visited three of these, including the Royal Botanical Gardens.
The Royal Botanical Gardens (the "RBG"), located in Burlington, Ontario, is both the largest botanical garden in Canada and a National Historic Site. The RBG is described as a living, interactive museum with 1,100 hectares (2,700 acres) of gardens and nature sanctuaries and features numerous events, entertainment and public programs that appeal to gardeners, nature lovers and families.
There is far more to do at the RBG than anyone could possibly fit into a single visit (or two or three) so it's a good idea to plan activities ahead of time. On the day of our visit, it had been raining sporadically all day and the skies were threatening once again so we opted for a quick self-guided walk through Hendrie Park which is accessed via the RBG Centre.
As visitors exit the RBG Centre, they are treated to a lovely view down through the gardens and of the two reflecting pools in Hendrie Park. The park has a number of unique gardens to visit including the Centennial Rose Garden, the Morrison Woodland Garden, the Helen M. Kippax Garden, Veggie Village, the Scented Garden and more.
CENTENNIAL ROSE GARDEN:
Our walk began in the Centennial Rose Garden which is at its peak June through October. This garden features a variety of hybrid roses that are suited to local growing conditions.
We wandered the pathways and took a lot of photos of beautiful flowers in the gardens.
The flowers were all so beautiful and because of the on and off showers that day many of them that were in the shade were glistening with raindrops. As soon as Emma noticed this she announced that we had to get a photo of "Raindrops on Roses" and that started our quest to get the perfect picture of a rose dripping with raindrops. This is the one that we liked best.
MORRISON WOODLAND GARDEN:
The Morrison Woodland Garden provides visitors with the opportunity to stroll forest pathways in the middle of the city.
TURNER PAVILION TEA HOUSE:
We wrapped up our visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens with a walk around the pathways near the Turner Pavilion Tea House and, of course, we had to pause for a snack.
At the end of a long day of sightseeing in Hamilton and Burlington, we only had the energy for a brief visit at the Royal Botanical Gardens but we will certainly be back soon to explore a bit more.
The 17 special offers included in the Canadian Heritage Passport offer exceptional value for anyone who is planning to explore the various attractions in the Hamilton, Halton, Brant region. A full list of the offers which are available until October 2013 can be seen here and the Passport is available for download on the page as well.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- The Royal Botanical Gardens are located at 680 Plains Road West in Burlington, Ontario.
- The Gardens are generally open daily 10am - 8pm. Check the RBG calendar for special events.
- Admission pricing is available on the website. Admission is free for children under the age of 5.
- The property is smoke-free.
- Dogs on leashes are allowed in designated areas.
- The RBG is committed to accessibility. Wheelchairs are available for use free of charge. Service and companion animals are permitted in all buildings and garden areas. Persons with disabilities are required to pay full price, however, one attendant/caregiver receives complimentary admission.
We were provided with complimentary admission to the Royal Botanical Gardens.
This post is part of Travel Photo Thursday on Budget Travelers Sandbox
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