Some Basics

During the Pandemic

Lecture Delivery:  Instead of in-person lectures, HTAL will offer online webinars through Zoom

Capacity:  The registration capacity for webinars is 500

Current Pricing:

  • Spring/Fall Lecture Series: $50 per registration (one device only)
  • Winter Program: $50 per registration (one device only)

Notification:  As always, everyone who subscribes to our email list here or who has previously attended any of our in-person or online lectures will be notified about upcoming webinar presentations.

Who is our audience?

Although our lecture series program is geared to age 50 and over, all adults who enjoy learning and intellectual stimulation are welcome, regardless of age and where they live.

How do I get on the email list to find out about future lectures?

You will be notified of upcoming lectures and other programs if you have subscribed on the HTAL website to stay informed for future programs.

Sign-up to learn more about our Lectures.

Do you share your email lists with others?

No, for your privacy and protection, we will never share your emails or contact information.

For more information see our Privacy Policy.

If I attended a previous series, will I be guaranteed a ticket for another series?

No.  Tickets are first come, first served.  We will notify all subscribers and past patrons on our email list of the date and time of ticket sales so that everyone has the same chance of purchasing tickets.

When do lectures take place?

Spring and Fall lectures take place on Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m.  Winter programming and other special event timing will be announced on the website.

Registration and Seating at the Venue

What time should I arrive for the lectures?

At the first lecture of an in-person series, subscribers will pick up their series ticket at the Registration desk in the gathering space outside the Auditorium.  We suggest you arrive at least 20-30 minutes prior to the first lecture; the Registration desk will open at 9:15 a.m. on that occasion.  Thereafter, doors will be open 30 minutes before lecture start time.

How does the admission and seating process work?

At the first lecture of the series, you will pick up your ticket for the series at the Registration desk.  Tickets are checked at the doors for each lecture, so please ensure that you have brought yours with you.  Seating is on a “first come, first served” basis, i.e., no reserved seating except for a few chairs in the front row for the guest lecturer and HTAL host.

Where will the lectures take place? What do I need to know about the venue?

In-person lectures take place in the Auditorium of the Royal Botanical Gardens Centre, located at 680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON L7T 4H4 Get directions here.

The Auditorium is wheelchair accessible through the rear entrance to the building. Luncheon is available in the Gardens Café.  Reservations are recommended.  A Gardens Gift Shop is located on the main floor.

What about parking?

Parking is free for people attending HTAL lectures.  There are parking lots both beside the RBG Centre and across the road on the north side of Plains Road.  A number of Handicapped spaces are available close to the rear entrance to the RBG Centre/Auditorium.

Parking lot access is available from Plains Road and Spring Gardens Road.

Ticket Sales and Management

When do tickets go on sale?

Tickets typically go on sale during the summer for the Fall series, toward the end of the year for the Winter events, and early in the New Year for the Spring series.  If you have subscribed to our email list or previously attended a series, you will be notified of the exact date and time about a week in advance of ticket sales.

How do I purchase tickets for the next series of lectures?

Everyone on our email lists will be notified of upcoming lecture series and the date and time tickets sales open online.  At that time, on the HTAL website, go to the Registration page on the menu bar at the top.  Subscriptions are sold only online.  When we return to in-person lectures, there will also be a limited number of single walk-in tickets available for sale at $10 each.


  • You will not be able to buy tickets if we are sold out or not yet selling tickets for the next lecture series.
  • Tickets sell out very quickly, so we suggest you purchase tickets early!

Capacity:  In-person lectures have a capacity of 350 seats.  Webinars (during the pandemic) have a capacity of 500.

How much will the lectures cost?

As a nonprofit organization, we are committed to making the cost very affordable.

How can I pay for my tickets?

Subscriptions will only be sold online. We accept major credit cards (Visa or Mastercard) as well as PayPal payments.  In order to provide an online payment system that provides the technical, fraud prevention and banking infrastructure required to operate safe, secure payments, we use the services of PayPal to facilitate payment by credit card.  (Please note:  You do not need a personal PayPal account to use this system.)

How will I know if my registration and my payment transaction have been completed?

Following registration, you will receive two (2) emails, one confirming your registration and one from PayPal with your receipt of payment.  If you don’t receive them, check your spam or junk mail.

When will I receive my ticket?

Your ticket will be issued at the first in-person lecture (or second if you can’t attend the first one).  You will NOT receive your ticket in the mail and you do NOT need to bring your purchase confirmation.  We will have a list of all people who purchased tickets.

Note:  If someone purchased a ticket on your behalf, the ticket will be issued under the name of the person who purchased the ticket.

During the Pandemic, you will receive your Zoom Webinar link the Friday before the lecture/event, a reminder will be sent on the Monday the week of the lecture/event.

A final reminder is sent the morning of the lecture/event.

Can someone else use my ticket if I can’t use it?

Yes.  If you are not able to attend an in-person lecture, you can give your ticket to someone else.  Make sure that they return your ticket to you if there are any lectures remaining in the series that you plan to attend.

If someone else is picking up your ticket and using it for the first lecture, that person should let the Registration Desk know so that a paper trail is established. You will be responsible for retrieving your ticket from the other person.

What is your refund policy?

There will be no refunds made for subscriptions after the closing date posted on the website. A subscription may be offered by the registrant to another person in which case the alternate will be required to show the subscriber’s valid ticket. No refunds will be given for cancelled or substitute lectures. Charitable receipts cannot be issued as HTAL is not a federally registered charitable organization.

Do you sell tickets at the door if there is space available?

Yes, we are generally able to accommodate a few people for live lectures at $10 each.

Community / Patron Input

Community / Patron Input

From the beginning, the theme of our Spring and Fall lecture series has been “Understanding the 21st Century”, enabling investigation and insight into a broad range of topics for our target audience of people aged 50+.  Generally, we offer a balanced program covering such areas as Science and Innovation, Medicine and Health, Politics and International Affairs, Arts and Culture, Economics and the Environment.  Our Program Committee conducts surveys with our subscribers on topics of interest and other features of our program to help determine the offerings for the next year or two.

How can I recommend a great speaker?

We are always looking for great speakers!  If you know one, please feel free to complete the form on our Contact Us page and select Recommend a Speaker and complete the brief form.

How can I enquire about volunteering with HTAL?

We welcome enquiries about volunteering with HTAL. We are a “working Board”, setting policy and direction and carrying out the various tasks involved.  If you are interested, and have skills/experience in any aspect of our work, such as speaker identification, online technology or finance, please complete the form on our Contact Us page and provide us with your name, address, telephone and skills/interests.