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 Rachel 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. The following is alisting of our 2018 walks:

Arboretum creek creatures - May 30 - Discover and celebrate the biodiversity found in aquatic  environments  like the Eramosa and Speed River. Come on out to catch, identify, and study the plant and animal life we have in the Arboretum Creek! This week’s walk is running as part of the 2Rivers Festival. Check out their for more events.

Community & symbiosis - June 6 - Every living thing, both plants and animals alike, belong to a community and are constantly interacting with one another. Some of these interactions are friendly, while some not so much. Let us fill you in on the latest gossip about all the complicated relationships found in nature.

Mother bird knows nest - June 13 - Once upon a time there were three little birds. One bird made its nest out of sticks, the second made theirs out of moss, and the third made theirs out of its own saliva. Different species have unique ways of constructing their homes for different purposes. Let’s explore the incredible world of nest building and find some of these architects and their designs around the Arboretum!

Inspector wildlife - June 20 - Oftentimes we go on hikes and there’s no wildlife to be seen. Where are all the porcupines, coyotes, or owls? With a bit of detective skills, you’ll begin to see that wildlife are leaving evidence everywhere they go! Put on your thinking caps as we link together these clues to discover which animals have been in the area!

It’s getting hot in here - June 27 - Climate change is a hot topic being passed around these days but are we being directly affected even though we’re not in the Arctic or near an ocean? Discover how climate change is affecting plant and wildlife in the Arboretum and find out what you can do to help!

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