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 Art Gallery of Burlington, City of Burlington Parks & Recreation sites*, Conservation Halton, Ireland House Museum*, Ontario Parks, and Royal Botanical Gardens. Passes are available at all branches. Due to their popularity, we kindly ask that passes are returned promptly. *Currently unavailable

General Information

  • Passes must be checked out to adult card only.
  • 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 two weeks of check out. Please refer to each organization for more specific details.
  • Passes are not valid for special events.

Celebrating over 40 years as a champion of visual arts and fine craft in the Burlington community, the AGB 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 Services want you to stay active and increase your physical literacy and access to play every day with the Live & Play Swim Skate Plus Pass. Important: Five individual passes are included in the CAP case. Please make sure all five passes are returned together; the full replacement fee is charged if any single pass is missing.

  • Good for 2 adults and 3 children for drop-in programs: skating, recreational hockey, lap swim, and recreational swimming.
  • All other programs that do not fall under this pass are subject to regular admission fee.
  • Swimming and skating admission criteria apply - see Play Standards in Related Links below
  • General terms and conditions apply for all admissions.
  • Replacement value: $312.90

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
  • Replacement value: $135.50

Museums of Burlington has two locations: Ireland House 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.' The cultural pass is currently 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

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: Ontario Parks is piloting a new service for visitors to obtain daily vehicle permits in advance of their visit at 17 select provincial parks. Beginning on June 7, 2021, visitors will be able to book day use access for their visits up to five days in advance. Library patrons 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 or by phone at 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275) – Open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 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), as well as any discovery activities, taking place during the visit. Special events require a separate event ticket and/or pre-registration. See RBG's website for special event information.

  • 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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Art Gallery of Burlington

City of Burlington Parks & Recreation | Play Standards | Drop-in Schedules

Conservation Halton

Ireland House Museum

Ontario Parks

Royal Botanical Gardens