participants on a winter walk

Join Us Year Round For Group Walks and Tours

If you have binoculars, please bring them to all walks - they're not just for birdwatching!

Self-Guided Tours

visitor exploring the arboretum on their own

Come for a nature walk along one of many trails and enjoy The Arboretum's wide array of plants and 1,700 species of trees and shrubs. Maps of the site are available at The Arboretum Centre, Hales-McKay Shelter, Information Kiosk (located at The Arboretum pedestrian entrance) and throughout the grounds. You can also download a pdf of the map below this article . Arboretum grounds are open dawn to dusk, year round. Admission is free.

Wednesday Walks

Jason leading a Wednesday Walk

Nature is known to be unpredictable and unexpected, so what awaits us today?  Rachel, the Arboretum's Naturalist Intern, will be leading 1 hour long walks every Wednesday.  Walks start at The Arboretum kiosk at 12:15 p.m.  For further information contact Sally at or ext. 52363.  The hike may be cancelled if there is inclement weather.   

We also run Wednesday Evening walks for the months of June, July and August that begin at 7 p.m. at the J.C. Taylor Nature Centre. These 1 ½ hour walks will be on a different topic each week and are $2 / person however children under 5 are free. A listing of our 2019 walks is posted below:

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - Creatures of the Arboretum Creek
Come out and explore Arboretum Creek, a tributary of the Eramosa River. Discover and celebrate the biodiversity found in the aquatic environments of our two rivers. Catch, identify, and study the plant and animal life we have in and beside our streams. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - Animal Architects
Everyone needs to live somewhere and some of the wildlife here at the Arboretum have some pretty creative ways of making their home. Come out this Wednesday to discover these critters and learn about their clever constructions!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - Through the Grapevine
Communication is key, and that extends to our wildlife too! While not all animals will chirp, squeak, or chatter their thoughts aloud, they all have their ways of getting their point across. This Wednesday, we will be talking about the in and outs of different types of animal communication!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - It’s Better Where It’s Wetter
It’s a whole new world under the water surface but the many critters that live there are well suited for the job! Leave your scuba gear at home but join us this Wednesday to discover the wacky animals that live underwater and how they do it!

Group Walks

a group of students listen to their hike leader

Enjoy a 1 ½ hour walk led by Arboretum Auxiliary Docents. Registration is required two weeks in advance. $5.00 per person (minimum charge of $60.00 applies to groups fewer than 12 persons). Bus tour groups welcome - complimentary admission for bus driver and tour leader. To book a group walk, call 519-824-4120 ext. 54110 or email

Interpretive Tours

participants watch songbirds at an arboretum birdfeeder

Led by an Arboretum staff member, your 1-3 hour tour includes interpretations of the use of plants for horticultural or naturalization plantings while touring plant collections and natural landscapes. The tour can also be customized to focus on education, natural history, wildlife or horticulture. Fee is $120.00 for 1 hour, $150.00 for 2 hrs or $210.00 for 3 hours. Maximum 20 participants. Registration is required at least 2 weeks in advance. To book an interpretive tour, call 519-824-4120 ext. 54110 or email