AAA Editor Notes
Royal Botanical Gardens, at 680 Plains Rd. W., covers 1,100 hectares (2,718 acres) on the great sweep of the Niagara Escarpment around the western tip of Lake Ontario. This living museum offers what is believed to be the world's largest lilac collection; more than 100,000 spring-flowering bulbs; 250,000 iris blooms; 3,000 rose bushes; 27 kilometres (17 mi.) of walking trails; and Cootes Paradise, home of one of the continent's largest wetland restoration projects.
The gardens offer themed botanical displays, while protecting a wilderness of high cliffs, deep ravines and shimmering wetlands—successfully melding untamed and cultivated landscapes. RBG Centre has information about the gardens, trails and peak bloom times. The Nature Interpretive Centre is in the arboretum. A shuttle bus provides access to the various garden areas on weekends and holidays from late April through early September. Special events held throughout the year include the Lilac Festival in May, which features one of the largest displays in the world.
Picnicking is permitted. Food is available.