Burlington is proud of its green city heritage with more than 581 hectares (1,436 acres) of parkland and a quality of life second to none. MoneySense Magazine has rated Burlington the #1 mid-sized city in Canada to live in.
Be A Local Tourist!
Maybe you have friends and family coming in for a visit, or perhaps you just want to explore your backyard. If scanning maps for the most unique sites, channelling your inner foodie for the best restaurants, or scouring Instagram for the perfect FOMO shots are part of your travel routines, why not look to Burlington? Explore your backyard, discover those hidden gems, and brag to your family about living in the PERFECT destination! Accessible and affordable, our downtown cores, waterfront, cycling, and hiking trails are second to none, so get out and discover your own backyard!
Not sure where to start? Send us an e-mail or pop into our Visitor Information Centre, which has an extensive collection of maps, guides, and profiles of upcoming events for Burlington and other Ontario destinations. Our friendly counsellors will provide you with all the information you need to start making travel plans for a day trip or an extended vacation so you can get away without having to go away. There is always something new, fun, picturesque, delicious, and affordable to elevate your experience in Burlington.
Create your own local bucket list and… Don’t Pass Us By
Moving to Burlington
Why relocate to Burlington? Burlington has developed from a quiet bedroom community to a savvy, vibrant waterfront city. Strategically located in the Greater Toronto Area, Burlington offers a quality of life that is second to none with great schools, shopping, dining, recreational facilities, parkland, festivals, and nightlife all available within the city. MoneySense, a leading lifestyle and investment magazine has named Burlington the top city in which to live of its size in Canada. If you are considering moving to Burlington contact a local realtor (see list below) or the local papers:
- The Burlington Post has a large housing section.
- The Halton Region provides social housing services.
- For homes for sale and some rentals visit the Realtors Association of Hamilton-Burlington, OpenHouse.Ca, Capreit and Renters Hotline etc.
- For student or short-term housing, you can try the local university/college housing websites through Oakville Affordable Accommodations
- For information on moving to the Halton region visit the Halton Newcomer Portal.
- For residents new to Canada visit the Burlington Public Library.
- Tourism Burlington provides new residents with an information package about local services. Visit Tourism Burlington Visitor Information Centre at 414 Locust St. to pick up your package or click on the links below for a digital version of the information.
- Welcome Letter – New Resident Burlington – Tourism Burlington
Burlington Resident & Newcomer Services
Places of Worship
Burlington and its surrounding area have a number of places of worship that welcome visitors to join them for their services and special events. Several of the local churches have been built in the 1800s and some are open during the week for prayer and reflection.
We suggest you contact the church you are interested in visiting to confirm hours and other details.
Burlington has a number of Historical Churches for you to explore.
Currency & Banking
We recommend that you use Canadian currency when travelling in Canada. Visitors can exchange currency at Canadian chartered banks, trust companies, credit unions, or at offices of foreign exchange brokers, but it is advised to have local currency on hand prior to arriving. Some hotels, merchants, restaurants and suppliers accept U.S. or other foreign currency at a pre-determined rate, which may differ from the daily rate posted by financial institutions.
Foreign Currency Exchange
- Continental Currency Exchange Mapleview Centre (905.632.9100)
- East Coast Cheque 1435 Plains Road East (905.632.4333)
- Money Mart 4-3455 Fairview Street (905.637.1400) or 645 Plains Road East (905.634.3687)
Regular banking hours in Canada are Monday to Friday, with extended hours including weekends at some locations. Visitors who wish to cash cheques or require other banking services are advised to check times of operation with the institutions. Most banks have automatic teller machines, which can be accessed 24 hours a day, using bank or credit cards on major international banking networks such as Cirrus, Plus and Interac.
Most major credit cards are accepted, but visitors are always advised to check with the vendor before a purchase is made. Cash machines with 24 hour access are available in many convenient locations throughout Burlington.