About Burlington

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If you are considering a trip to Burlington, we have you covered. Here are some facts about our city!

Geographical Features

Fun Fact: The City of Burlington is nestled between two amazing geographical features – the Niagara Escarpment and the shores of Lake Ontario – Burlington’s total land area is 187 sq. km (73 sq. miles or 46,300 acres).

While Burlington’s urban area is located mainly south of Highway 407, its agricultural, rural residential, several golf courses, and conservation areas are in the northern reaches. This makes us the perfect destination for cycling along the foothills of the escarpment, or along the waterfront, hiking the Bruce Trail, or enjoying watersports in the summer months.



Fun Fact: Burlington is located in southern Ontario, so we LOVE our seasons! Generally, temperatures are warmer and humid during the summer and cooler damp in the winter. Located on the west end of Lake Ontario, we experience beautiful spring and summer weather. Burlington also benefits from the sheltering effects of the Niagara Escarpment creating the most spectacular canopies of fall colours in October. Spring blossoms are something to behold, and they are generally popping out from mid-April to early June.

Bollards and chains along promenade covered in ice

Community & Lifestyle

Burlington boasts natural settings with  1,436 acres of parkland and some of the best hiking in the world as we are home to the Bruce Trail and the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO-designated World Biosphere Reserve. The Waterfront Trail – part of the Niagara-on-the-Lake to Québec border trail – along with Spencer Smith Park gives you a front-row seat to panoramic views of Lake Ontario. The cream-coloured sandy beaches and tepid waters at Beachway Park are a hot ticket all summer long. Burlington excels in public art, culture, and active living.

Fun Fact: Through its Mundialization Committee, Burlington promotes itself as a “world community.” Mundialization, one of the oldest municipal peace activities, encourages citizen connections by fostering world peace and global understanding. Burlington is dedicated to the United Nations philosophy of peaceful co-operation among the peoples of the world. It encourages community understanding of different cultures and global issues while maintaining a “twin city” relationship with Itabashi, Japan, and Apeldoorn, The Netherlands. Many ongoing community-based projects and events strengthen these ties.

Police officers handing out flags at Canada Day

Government & Economy

The City of Burlington is the largest of the four municipalities that comprise the Regional Municipality of Halton. There are 6 wards in Burlington served by a Mayor and 6 Ward Councillors ­– all sit on both the municipal council and Halton Region council. There are also federal and provincial government ridings in the Halton Region: Burlington, Oakville and Halton.

Burlington is located at the geographic centre of Canada’s largest consumer and industrial market and urban corridor – the “Golden Horseshoe.” The local economy is diverse and includes among its leading industrial sectors: food processing, packaging, electronics, motor vehicle and transportation, business services, chemical and pharmaceutical, and environmental.