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The Arboretum is an English landscape park, cared for and maintained by the Royal Botanical Gardens. As implied by its name, the Arboretum is the place where visitors can view a broad assortment of trees and other such flora up close! It is especially beautiful to visit during the Spring and Fall months when the flowers and trees are either in bloom or changing colour.

Fun fact! Before the Arboretum was a local landmark, it was a dairy farm! Two ‘can't-miss’ landmarks of the Arboretum include Raspberry House and its silo, named after the historic owners who lived on the land for nearly 100 years. Today, the old house can still be visited by guests as it continues to be inhabited and serves as headquarters for the Bruce Trail Association.

In all, the Arboretum is a great place to take a peaceful walk and get back to our local roots, if you know what I mean!


Royal Botanical Gardens admission rates apply for the Arboretum.

Click here for more information on park fees and admission!

Visitor Admission

  • Members FREE (Please show your membership card)
  • Adult $16
  • Youth/Student/Senior $13
  • Child (age 4-12) $9
  • Child under age 4 FREE
  • Family (2 adults and up to 2 children under age 18) $37

Parking Rates may apply. 


Directions from McMaster


Directions from McMaster University:

Please Note:

  • Running and Biking on Cootes Paradise trails is not permitted. To bike to destinations please use city road bike lanes or the Waterfront Trail.
  • When biking, please obey all traffic signals and always remember to wear a helmet.
  • Hamilton buses are free for students with valid student IDs and bus passes.