No matter what the season, a visit to Royal Botanical Gardens promises to delight, enlighten and inspire. As Canada’s largest botanical gardens and a National Historic Site, RBG is one of Ontario’s premier destinations.
With over 27 kilometeres of nature trails to explore, there is always something new to discover, as the landscape transforms into a winter wonderland. Arctic water birds, ice and frost are the themes in January, with Marshwalk Trail, Princess Point Trail and Waterfront Trail being your best bets for bird-watching. Now that the leaves have fallen, you can also catch great views from Rock Chapel of the last of undeveloped land between Lake Ontario and the escarpment. Certain areas of RBG are closed for the winter season. Visit the website at www.rbg.ca for more information.
Savage Gardens, Nature’s Ninjas!
January 18 to April 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Feed your senses with the captivating, bizarre, larger-than-life world of carnivorous plants then come face-to-face with animals that harness the wildest defense weaponry on earth! Only at Royal Botanical Gardens, Savage Gardens and Nature’s Ninjas brings two amazing exhibits together with live demonstrations and activities for the whole family.
Charitable donations to RBG help maintain some 2,450 acres of nature sanctuaries containing environmentally sensitive habitats, where close to 50 listed species- at-risk make their home. RBG also leads a Back to Nature campaign, designed to help children reconnect with nature. Visit www.back2nature.ca for details.
You can become a member at RBG and receive free admission to their Concert Series (20 live performances), the Home and Garden Show and admission to the centre and its grounds all year round. Members also receive exclusive invitations to special exhibit openings, events and educational lectures and a number of other specials benefits. Call 905-527-1158 ext. 514 to join.