Outdoor Adventure Getaway

Woman on bike overlooking city in spring

If you like to be active while getting away from it all, being situated along the waterfront and minutes from the escarpment means Burlington has many choices for fitness buffs or weekend warriors.

Woman on bike overlooking city in spring

In spring/summer you can enjoy swimming, paddling, walking, hikingcycling at the waterfront, in local parks or conservation areas.  In cooler weather there are indoor options for fitness, sports of all sorts, climbing, winter sports etc.  Here are a few of the more unique opportunities… call us for more ideas or check the website.

NOTE: This information reflects activities and events offered in Burlington prior to COVID-19 and are meant to inspire you to visit when it is safe to do so. With changes happening rapidly we recommend that you contact businesses directly to make sure services are open to the public and what restrictions are in place.

Day 1 – Waterfront

Bring your bikes, blades or your runners and plan to follow the waterfront trail.  If you start in the downtown area you can head towards the Royal Botanical Gardens where you can enjoy lunch at one of their on-site restaurants and then return downtown to spend the evening.  Within a short walk of the downtown is The Beachway where you will find seasonal Beach Rentals of paddleboats, stand-up boards, kayaks, canoes and beach spots.  This beach is a hidden oasis just minutes from shops, dining, attractions etc.  We often walk from our office to the lift bridge at lunch or after work and it is a great place to take a break, get some exercise and enjoy the beautiful lake views.

You may want to plan your getaway around some of the many runs/walks/rides that are hosted here in the city including Robbie Burns Run – last Sunday in January, Chilly Half Marathon – 1st Sunday in March, Around the Bay Race – last Sunday in March or Santa 5k Run – in December where you run with 3,000+ Santas.

Evening Options

If you want to extend your activity into the evening here are a few options for you.  A couple of new options have opened up recently include Viking’s Landing Burlington’s axe throwing and virtual reality centre and Activate which has unique game rooms.  Enjoy mini-putt or practice your drive at Within Range.  Have fun and socialize while trying glow in the dark bowling at Burlington Bowl .  We had a summer staff get-together there and had some great food from Brooklyns.  This on-site restaurant was featured on the t.v. show Restaurant Makeover and has a fun 50’s theme.  Another fabulous bowling and lazer tag location is Splitsville.  For other unique ideas check out Fun Activities.

Day 2 – Escarpment

In all seasons you can spend a day visiting area parks and conservation areas such as Bronte Creek Provincial Park, Kelso, Glen Eden, Mountsberg, Crawford Lake, Hilton Falls, Rattlesnake Point, Robert Edmondson and Mount Nemo Conservation Areas. Walk, ski, jog or cycle through their scenic trails with breathtaking waterfalls and hidden lakes and streams. Travel north of Dundas Street and encounter the Bruce Trail, one of Canada’s most spectacular world biospheres the Niagara Escarpment. If you are really adventurous you may want to try Rock Climbing at one of the conservation areas or if the weather is not cooperating visit Climbers Rock an indoor climbing facility.  If you are golfers you have many wonderful courses to choose from in the area, many are nestled into the escarpment with magnificent views.


Let’s face it, often getaways of any kind involve discovering great food.  When you come to Burlington you may be surprised by the wonderful variety of culinary experiences and we encourage you to discover our local terroir (taste of the earth).  Plan your getaway to coincide with the popular Taste of Burlington Fixed price dining program End of February –  March OR mid-end of August – you won’t be disappointed!  Or stop at one of the many on-farm markets in the picturesque countryside such as Springridge Farms or Stonehaven Farms for fresh produce or bakery items (in season). There are many healthy choices for dining here too with several restaurants featuring local foods Spencers at the Waterfront or vegan options such as Lettuce Love in the downtown.  OR if after all that exercise you want to forget the diet and indulge a little, you can splurge at The Works, (great burgers) many ice cream shops (seasonal), Lola Choco Bar & Sweet House or Kelly’s Bake Shoppe all located downtown.

Baskets of apples at market