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Winter Activities

Snowboarders sitting at top of the hill with Kelso in background

Winter is an exhilarating time of the year in Burlington, Ontario. Whether you’re looking for outdoor activities, or take advantage of indoor attractions, there is something for everyone.

Snowboarders sitting at top of the hill with Kelso in background

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.

Outdoor Fun

Bring the family out for a day of downhill skiing and snowboarding on the slopes at Glen Eden Ski Centre. Hike, trek or stroll the Bruce Trail, Canada’s oldest footpath with over 890 km of nature waiting to be explored. Do something quintessential Canadian by lacing-up a pair of skates at one of our indoor or outdoor skating rinks (weather permitting).

Indoor Attractions

If you are not an outdoor adventurer there are many cultural happenings in the city including music, comedy, and dance performances at various venues and thought provoking and inspiring exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Burlington, Museums of Burlington and Royal Botanical Gardens.

Looking for an oasis to shake your cabin fever?  While at the Art Gallery enjoy a respite from the cold in the conservatory with its lush tropical plants and whimsical sculptures.  Your visit to the RBG would not be complete without a stop at the Mediterranean Garden where you can identify species native to the Mediterranean and have a quiet moment watching koi in the pond.

FAmily looking at ceramic exhibit at Art Gallery of Burlington

Taste of Burlington Prix-Fixe Dining Program

Runs in February/March each Winter! Trust us, you don’t want to miss this!

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Familia Fine Foods entrees

Winter Events

When the snow falls, Burlington is also a winter wonderland of events. Cold weather doesn’t deter participants in the Santa 5K run, Robbie Burns Run, Chilly Half Marathon and the oldest race in North America the Around the Bay Road Race.

Our winter Taste of Burlington program offers prix fixe dining at numerous restaurants in late February and into March – a favourite culinary experience for residents and visitors.

ribs, salad, poutine

What to Wear in Winter

Our winters can be cold and fairly wet with snowfall from November to March and temperatures average from -1º to -10º Celsius (30 to – 14ºF). To stay cozy and dry, you’ll need winter apparel. Waterproof footwear is always a good idea.

Burlington Temperatures (in Celsius)

Weather Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Maximum -2 -1 4 12 18 24 27 26 21 14 7 0
Minimum -10 -10 -4 1 6 11 14 13 9 4 0 -6
Mean -6 -5 0 6 12 17 21 20 15 9 3 -3
Bollards and chains along promenade covered in ice
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