Community Access Pass

Free with your library card - passes to select Burlington and Halton cultural institutions, natural areas and gardens

With your library card, you can borrow passes to gain free general admission entry to various local and provincial tourism destinations. Passes are available at all branches. We kindly ask that you return the passes promptly due to their popularity.

General Information

  • Loan period: one week
  • May be renewed up to 3 times, if no holds.
  • Holds may be placed on passes.
  • Passes are family passes where indicated
  • Late returns: the full replacement value of the pass will be charged to your library account for passes that are not returned within 30 days of checkout. Please refer to each organization for more specific details.
  • Passes are not valid for special events.

Pass details

Due to ever-evolving pandemic-related limitations, always call ahead to the participating organization before your visit to find out if any restrictions are currently in place.

Celebrating over 40 years as a champion of visual arts and fine craft in the Burlington community, the Art Gallery of Burlington offers art education, family activities, world-class exhibitions, and an extensive Canadian ceramics collection. Our space boasts a beautiful greenhouse, courtyard, and one of the finest gallery shops in Canada.

  • Parking voucher (present the pass at the Brock Lobby to receive a daily pass and shop discount)
  • Valid for one week on adult library card.
  • General admission only; extra fees apply for classes and special events.
  • Good for up to 2 adults & 4 children up to 18 years old, living at one address.
  • 10% discount at Art Gallery gift shop
  • Replacement value: $110

City of Burlington's Recreation, Community and Culture wants you to stay active and increase your physical literacy and access to play every day. With this pass, two adults and 3 children can explore drop-in skating, recreational hockey, lap swim, and recreational swimming. For up-to-date schedules and program descriptions, visit the City's Drop-In Programs web page.

Passes can be used for walk-up admissions. Walk-up admissions are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis where program space permits. Admission is not guaranteed.
If you would prefer to reserve a spot in advance, this can be done up to seven days before the program. To reserve a spot, please call Customer Service at 905.335.7738. Please note that same-day phone reservations may not be possible, so please plan ahead. If you do not already have a City of Burlington Live & Play account, you can set one up at liveandplay.burlington.ca before calling to reserve your program spots.

Five individual passes are included. Please make sure all five passes are returned together.

You don’t need to drive far for awe-inspiring nature, breath-taking views and adventure seeking activities like hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, canoeing and camping. You can find those things, and more, right here in your backyard. With forests, meadows, grasslands, cliffs, creeks, lakes, wetlands, and other natural areas, Conservation Halton parks are some of the most beautiful and biodiverse areas in Ontario. The parks are also home to a 15th century Iroquoian village, a Raptor Centre, a new aerial challenge course and a beach.

  • General admission only; extra fees apply for special events.
  • Good for up to 2 adults & 2 children living in one household
  • Pre-book your visit time using the Conservation Halton reservation system at parkvisit.ca.
  • Replacement value: $135.50

Museums of Burlington has two locations: Ireland House Museum at Oakridge Farm, the home of one of Burlington's earliest settlers, and the newly renovated and expanded Joseph Brant Museum, a replica of original homestead of Chief Joseph Brant 'Thayendanegea.' This cultural pass is valid for general admission to Ireland House Museum only.

  • General admission to Ireland House Museum; extra fees apply for special events.
  • Good for up to 2 adults & 4 children up to 18 years old, living in one household
  • Replacement value: $60

Joseph Brant Museum features three permanent galleries, space for travelling exhibitions and a dedicated programming area for school groups and education programs. By sharing perspectives about the past, present and future, we share in building a culturally diverse community. The Museum’s exhibitions focus on the history and development of Burlington.

  • General admission to Joseph Brant Museum; extra fees apply for special events.
  • Good for up to 2 adults & 4 children up to 18 years old, living in one household

Take some time to explore Ontario Parks! With over 330 parks, covering 9 million hectares that attract over 10 million visits each year, there is a lot to discover. The research is clear; spending time in nature improves our physical, mental and social well-being! Part of Healthy Parks Healthy People. New in 2021: Ontario Parks is piloting a new service for visitors to obtain daily vehicle permits before their visit at 17 select provincial parks. Visitors may book day use access for their visits up to five days in advance. Library customers who have borrowed a seasonal permit to visit participating Ontario Parks will need to obtain an advance daily vehicle permit for all visits, including free day use days. Obtaining a permit in advance will allow people to plan ahead, which means more time on the beach or trails and less time in long lines, and guarantee they have a parking spot upon arrival for the following parks: Algonquin, Arrowhead, Batchawana Bay, Craigleith, Darlington, Forks of the Credit, Kakabeka Falls, Kettle Lakes, Lake Superior, Long Point, Mono Cliffs, North Beach, Pinery, Presqu’ile, Sandbanks Sibbald Point, and Turkey Point. You will be able to use the borrowed seasonal permit’s serial number to obtain guaranteed access to these parks at no extra charge. Reservations can be made online at reservations.ontarioparks.com or by phone at 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275) – Open daily from 7am to 9pm Eastern Time. When you arrive at a park, you will need to bring the seasonal permit that you borrowed, and a printed or electronic copy of the confirmation e-mail that indicates that you have secured a space at the park on the day of the visit.

  • Unlimited day-use access for one vehicle and its occupants to all provincial parks in Ontario where fees are normally charged
  • Park capacity limitations will apply
  • Display pass on the rear-view mirror or dashboard of the vehicle while it is in a park
  • Replacement value: $225

Located between Toronto and Niagara Falls at the Hamilton/Burlington corridor, Royal Botanical Gardens, Canada’s largest botanical garden, boasts 250 acres of breathtaking gardens and over 2,400 acres of spectacular nature sanctuaries. A national historical site, RBG has been offering one-of-a-kind experiences for both the gardening enthusiast and the casual observer for over 80 years.

No matter the season, Royal Botanical Gardens offers a year-round wave of colour, from the lush indoor Mediterranean Garden in January to the brilliant poinsettia displays in December. In spring and summer, visitors are treated to the spectacle of flowering spring bulbs, the world’s most diverse lilac collection, 250,000 iris blooms, and the innovative new Rose Garden. Each bloom period is accentuated by RBG’s unique festivals and events, featuring a wide array of entertainment, exhibits, botanical displays, and programs, providing endless activities in a lush garden setting.

General Admission includes access to the cultivated garden areas (during regular operational hours) and any discovery activities. Special events require a separate event ticket or pre-registration. See RBG's website for special event information. Please call RBG before your visit to find out if any pass use limits are currently in place.

  • General admission only; extra fees apply for special events.
  • Please present the community access card and one piece of photo ID to the kiosk attendant upon arrival at RBG
  • Good for up to 2 adults & 2 children
  • Replacement value: $130

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