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Rock Garden at Royal Botanical Gardens Re-Opens

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Rock Garden at Royal Botanical Gardens Re-Opens

Ontario Investment Supports Rejuvenation of Historic Burlington/Hamilton Attraction

Ontario is supporting tourism and culture in Burlington and Hamilton as the cities mark the re-opening of a historic attraction.

Today, Eleanor McMahon, MPP for Burlington, was at Royal Botanical Gardens to celebrate the re-opening of the rock garden, now known as the David Braley and Nancy Gordon Rock Garden.

The province invested $7 million to support the rejuvenation of garden, matched by an equal contribution from the federal government.

The new rock garden includes accessibility improvements, enhancements to the landscape and interior renovations to the site's historic tea house. In addition, Royal Botanical Gardens staged a $6-million capital campaign to fund a new visitors centre. 

Investing in culture and tourism is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.  

Quick Facts

  • Cultural tourism generates $3.9 billion in GDP and supports 61,000 jobs in communities across Ontario.
  • Royal Botanical Gardens is the largest botanical garden in Canada, a national historic site and a registered charitable organization.
  • In 2015, Royal Botanical Gardens welcomed more than 260,000 visitors.
  • The rock garden at Royal Botanical Gardens was established in 1931 on the site of a former gravel pit between Hamilton and Burlington. The garden will be open to the public beginning on May 20.

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“Ontario’s world-class attractions, like Royal Botanical Gardens, play a vital role in the province’s economic and cultural prosperity. I’m proud that our government supported the rejuvenation of this renowned attraction that will continue to boost economic activity and drive tourism in the region.”

Michael Coteau

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“Royal Botanical Gardens is the heart of our community. With this grand re-opening, I am confident that this national historic site will continue to be a must-see attraction and a source of pride for all Ontarians.”

Eleanor McMahon

MPP, Burlington

“After more than 80 years, the time had come to bring the rock garden back to the forefront of our community. We are grateful to the federal and provincial governments, along with lead donors David Braley and Nancy Gordon, for helping to make this dream a reality.”

Mark Runciman

CEO, Royal Botanical Gardens

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