Burlington is an evergreen destination. No matter the season, there is always a reason to play – whether it be taking in dinner and a show at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, or taking a stroll along our beautiful waterfront. Let us inspire your next adventure in Burlington.
Why not, Burlington!
Burlington is close to the urban buzz of Toronto and a quick trip on the GO Train. Yet, it is surrounded by the tranquil beauty of parks, gardens, and its downtown waterfront.
Here are 5 ways to experience Burlington for…
… the outdoor enthusiast
If you are an outdoor lover, then Burlington is definitely for you. Nestled between Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment there are outdoor experiences for all.
… the foodie
Burlington is quickly becoming known as a culinary destination with its’ wide array of restaurants and foodie stops. It offers international flavours as well as local delights. If you have a sweet tooth there is a wonderful selection of boutique shops offering everything from artisanal chocolates, biscotti, doughnuts, and cheesecake.
… the family
Exploring Burlington as a family? You and the kids will be kept busy and have fun. A visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens is a must. They are Canada’s largest Botanical Gardens and offer 5 formal gardens within a 1,100-hectare nature reserve. See what animals you can spot on the 27km of nature trails or stop and smell the roses in the beautiful rose garden in Hendrie Park. While there, see what public art you can spot throughout the gardens.
… the cultural fanatic
If you’re into Arts and Culture, Burlington has plenty to keep you busy. Lose yourself in the many galleries at the Art Gallery of Burlington, where admission is always free. Home to the largest ceramic collection in the world, take in craftsmanship and artistic expression. Stroll through the observatory and enjoy the sights and sounds, also make sure you visit the shop at the Art Gallery of Burlington before you leave.
Looking for a romantic day or overnight? Spoil yourselves and stay at the new Pearle Hotel & Spa. Located on the beautiful waterfront, start your day by grabbing a coffee at a nearby café and strolling the promenade along the waterfront. Head back to the hotel for a visit to their lovely spa and indoor pool.
Joseph Brant Museum Re-imagined
A wonderful community museum featuring both permanent and special exhibitions of local history.
Royal Botanical Gardens
Gardens are flourishing year-round and on-site restaurants will also satisfy your senses. Don’t forget to see their gift shop.
Conservation Halton Parks
No matter the season there are plenty of outdoor adventure activities to enjoy at the 7 parks in Halton.
Art Gallery of Burlington
The largest collection of Canadian ceramics with rotating exhibitions and free admission.
Day Trips & Drives
Explore the scenic rural routes by car or cycle and the downtown self-guided walking tours.
Ten Reasons to Visit Burlington
Location: we are so close! No really, we are only a 45-minute drive from Niagara, Toronto, or Kitchener-Waterloo. Don’t have a car? No problem, hop on the GO Train or Go Bus.
Golfers’ Paradise: we hate to brag, but we are proud of our 9 courses in Burlington. Plus, we have 42 in the Region and yes, winter golf is available at some locations.
Epic Trails: in all seasons, we have a trail for that! Walking, hiking, skiing, jogging, cross-country, and cycling, you have a lot of ground to cover. Don’t forget the Bruce Trail.
The Arts Scene: murals, street art, public art sculptures, and more. Not to mention the Art Gallery of Burlington and the stunning Burlington Performing Arts Centre plus numerous cultural events throughout the year.
Heritage: enjoy historical walking tours, museums, church, and more. Burlington is rich in heritage including the amazing renewed Joseph Brant Museum, heritage homes, Freeman Station, and more.
We Celebrate: whether it is culture, our history, our diverse talent, or music, we celebrate in style! We are home to so many free festivals featuring live music, themed activities, and great food, you want to check these out all year long.
Green City: An urban oasis of green parks, and tree-lined streets await you. Forests, farms, the Niagara Escarpment, and the breathtaking Royal Botanical Gardens ensure you keep breathing the wonderful, natural air.
Named #1 BEST MID-SIZED CANADIAN CITY TO LIVE & RAISE A FAMILY– Macleans Magazine.
Geography: Nestled between Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere. We are known for many geographical features from the waterfront to nature reserves, and from gardens to urban excitement.
Water: a pectacular, accessible waterfront to enjoy in all seasons for the entire family to play. Break out your water wings, floatings, and tubes, we have a beach too!