Visiting the Garden

The garden occupies one end of Centennial Park in Dundas, Ontario. The park is located on the northeast corner of Cootes Drive and East St. North, kittycorner from the Canadian Tire store.

The garden is open from dawn to dusk daily. There is no admission fee, but donations towards its development and upkeep are gratefully accepted.

There is a kiosk on site which houses a number of interpretive panels identifying many of the butterflies and plants you will see here, illustrating butterfly metamorphosis and explaining how to create butterfly-friendly yards at home.

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Driving Directions

Take the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) from Toronto or Niagara Falls to Highway 403, Hamilton. Follow the 403 to the Main St. West exit. (Do not take the East Main St. exit!) At the top of the exit ramp, turn left (west) onto Main Street. Follow Main Street several blocks until just past McMaster University. Take the exit to Cootes Drive, Dundas, on your right. Follow Cootes Drive to the second stoplight and turn right, onto East St. North. Take the first right, onto King St. East.

If you're coming along Highway 8 from west of Dundas, follow 8 down the escarpment into Dundas. Continue through downtown Dundas on King St. until you reach the stoplight just past the Canadian Tire store. Turn left at the light onto East St. North then take the first right, onto King St. East.

Ample parking is available in the Air Force Club parking lot on King St. East.

Public Transit

Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) buses stop within steps of the garden. Take the Route 5 Delaware bus into Dundas and get off at the first stop on Cootes Drive, across from the Canadian Tire. Call the HSR for more information, 905-527-4441.

By Bike

If you're coming from Hamilton, there is a paved bike path along the south side of Cootes Drive which will take you from McMaster University all the way to East St. North, the location of the garden.


School groups and others are welcome to visit. If you contact us ahead of time, we may be able to arrange for a volunteer guide to give your group an interpretive tour. Please or call her at 905-627-5270 to inquire.

Best Time to Visit

Butterflies tend to avoid wind and rain. They are most active on a warm, dry, calm day. Their population peaks in August and September.