Go “Under The Canopy” at Royal Botanical Gardens

The new winter exhibit at Royal Botanical Gardens, “Under The Canopy” is on now. We visited on opening weekend and had a great experience learning about rainforest animals, reptiles and insects. The live show hosted by Little Rays Nature Centre was equal parts exciting and educational for all of us. Keep reading to see what you can expect when you visit.

Let’s Go Under The Canopy with RBG

For all botanical gardens has a new winter exhibit that is perfect for families and all animal lovers!

Under the canopy is the newest exhibit at Royal Botanical Gardens. A large RBG hall and the McQuesten Theatre have been transformed into a tropical rainforest oasis, complete with insects, reptiles and even a sloth!

This exhibit is bilingual and produced by Little Ray’s Nature Centre. Little Ray’s is home to a variety of exotic and domestic animals, and they brought some amazing ones to Royal Botanical Gardens for you to see up close.

“Under The Canopy” is filled with bright display cases that are visible on multiple sides. They’ve brought such a great assortment of animals, lizards, insects and more. Kids will love looking for tree frogs hiding in the branches and lizards who have a talent for camouflage. The exhibit took us about 30 to 40 minutes to go through, but if you have an inquisitive little one with you you could definitely spend more time showing off their knowledge. There was no rushing at all and I was very surprised by how easy it was to social distance. Kids can move about from exhibit to exhibit easily so they can circle back and check out their faves again and again.

Also included in your admission is a live animal show hosted by one of the animal keepers from Hamilton’s Little Ray’s Nature Centre. The show was great and the keeper really knew how to keep the audience of children and adults engaged and entertained. Lots of interaction and lots of questions for the kids. You’ll even learn a few things!

Tickets To Under The Canopy

To help space out the crowds, you must pre-book your visit online here. Your ticket also grants you access to the gardens, the natural playground, and other RBG properties that you attend on the same day.

Admission TypeTicket Price
Senior 65+ years of age$16.50
Student (valid student card from a post-secondary institution is required)$16.50
Child age 4-12$11.50
Child under 4Free (registration still required)
Family (2 adults and up to 2 children under 18 years old)$44.00
RBG MembersFree (registration still required)
+ Service Fee


Don’t forget, once you’re done exploring Under The Canopy, you can also go and check out the Mediterranean Garden and the Cactus Garden. Two beautiful spots filled with a variety of domestic and exotic plants, cactuses, succulents, and fruit trees. My favourite or the lemon trees! Also, check out the water features and the fish pond. So tranquil! And a perfect mini escape from the winter cold.


One of the top reasons that families love going to the RBG in the nice weather is because of their great natural playground. Access is included in your admission and kids will love channelling the Swiss Family Robinson as they explore.

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