Feel Good About Where You Live: Burlington
April 23, 2018
Author: Park Property Management
Do you live in Burlington or are you considering making the city your new home?
Park Property Management believes you should feel good about where you live.
We want to help you get to know the city of Burlington, Ontario. Check out the links and information below to find out what the city has to offer you!
Burlington has several well defined and established neighbourhoods.
Located in the heart of the Golden Horseshoe and bordered by Hamilton and Toronto, Burlington has a small town feel with convenient big-city amenities within reach.
With a population of over 183,000, Burlington has many things to offer including great employment rates, a wonderful community feel, and world class amenities!
The neighbourhood communities consist of:
- Alton Village
- Brant Hills
- Elizabeth Gardens
- Headon Forest
- The Orchard
- Tansley Woods
Situated along the shores of Lake Ontario, Burlington has much to offer in greenspace and waterfront parks and views throughout the city.
Burlington has plenty of natural attractions to explore from the beautiful views of Lake Ontario to the stunning landscape of the Niagara Escarpment. The Mount Nemo Conservation area is the perfect place to explore the Niagara Escarpment. This outdoor space features caves, lookouts, great hiking, and rock climbing opportunities..
Best Natural Feature: Burlington Waterfront (Spencer Smith Park/Beachway Park)
Burlington's waterfront is located along the southwestern end of Lake Ontario and includes a large sandbar that resident's enjoy during the summer months. Both recreational and commercial boats pass through the area, due to the nearby location of Hamilton's industrial/steel area. A lift bridge near the beach strip, accommodates all watercrafts heading to and from Hamilton.
Spencer Smith Park is the site of many annual festivals and seasonal features, is dog-friendly and hosts a fun waterpark and playground for the little ones!
Getting around Burlington is simple with its public transportation system and easy access to highways and rail lines.
The City's bus routes run year-round, throughout the city. The lines run from Aldershot, all the way to Burloak Dr (Oakville) and from Lakeshore Rd up to the 407, just past Dundas St. View the full routemap here.
VIA Rail and GO Transit are the two major passenger railway companies in Burlington. There is no main station in the city, but there are a couple stations for pickup/dropoff. If you're travelling with VIA Rail to Toronto or Niagara, you can load on/disembark at the main Burlington GO station, or the Aldershot GO station. For the GO Train, you can also use the Appleby GO station. The Burlington GO line is the Lakeshore West corridor.
Taxi and Ride Services
Burlington Taxi couriers residents as the main local taxi service, with UBER available as well.
- Hwy 403
- Hwy 407
- Hwy 5 (Dundas St)
All the 400-series highways and the QEW offer quick access to Hamilton, Oakville, Mississauga and Toronto.
Burlington has a great sense of community!
Burlington has several community centres and arenas that service it's residents.
- Brant Hills Community Centre
- Haber Community Centre
- Mountainside Community Centre
- Tansley Woods Community Centre
- Nelson Recreation Centre
Do you need to see a doctor, STAT?!
Her'es a quick list of health service resources in Burlington.
The Joseph Brant Hospital is the main hospital and emergency services recipient in Burlington. For non-emergency concerns, feel free to contact the Family Health Information Line by dialing 311 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Walk-In Medical Clinics
- Burlington Therapists
- Burlington Dental Clinics
- Burlington Optometrists
- Burlington Physiotherapists
Looking for a little retail therapy? Burlington has so much to offer any type of shopper!
Burlington is home to two large malls, a thriving downtown boutique shopping area and many super-centers.
The main mall in Burlington, Mapleview offers over 165 retailers that range from your typical mall stores, to designer brands. Hungry after a long day of shopping? Stop in at the large food centre on the top floor for a quick bite, or visit Earl's or Turtle Jack's on the lower level for a fuller dining experience and patio option in the warmer weather!
Brant St. in the Burlington downtown area and nearby streets offer boutiques and quaint stores for the more savvy shopper. You'll find several casual and specialty restaurants along the street if you're in the mood for a culinary delight! Otherwise, enjoy the one-of-a-kind stores like Centro Garden, Joelle's, Scrivener's Men's Apparel and Fairhome Interiors. Don't forget to stop in for a sweet treat at MollyCake or Kelly's Bake Shoppe before you head home!
Burlington Mall off Fairview St between Guelph Line and Walker's Line is home to over 140 shops and services, as well as a 24/7 Goodlife Gym. The mall is currently undergoing renovations and an extension which will see a new food court, large Indigo location, revamped Winners and the addition of Denninger's.
Q: What is there to do in Burlington? A: Lots!
Dance to the Music!
The annual Sound of Music Festival is a huge hit with locals and out-of-towners alike! Held over 4 days each year in June, it features several stages in Spencer Smith Park with local and well-known mainstream music artists, a streetfest along Brant St with buskers, live music, vendors and extended patios, and a parade! With both free and paid concerts, this is a can't-miss summer kickoff event!
Stop & Smell the Roses
Royal Botanical Gardens is the largest botanical gardens in Canada. This National Historic Site is the perfect place to enjoy art, wildlife and acres of beautiful blooms and plumage. Events are held year-round, with the majority available in the Spring and Summer months, once the gardens start to come to life!
Walk the Pier and Beachstrip
Burlington has an outstanding waterfront along Spencer Smith Park, including a lookout tower on the Brant Street Pier. Take a stroll along the water while enjoying the views of Lake Ontario! You'll pass the Dofasco Waterjet and playground, the Burlington Rotary Centennial Pond - where you just might catch some toy boat enthusiasts displaying their models along the 10,000 square foot water feature.
After you walk the length of the waterfront boulevard, keep going to walk along the beachfont. Burlington has a great sandy beach available to the public, along with a snack house, public changehouse & showers, watersport rentals and ample park area for charcoal barbecuing and playing games!
Do you know...
Burlington's RibFest is the largest one in Canada?
It's true, it's organized by the Rotary Club of Burlington and sees over 150,000 guests each Labour Day weekend! It is also the largest fundraiser in Burlington where all the proceeds go to charities.
Park of the film X-Men was filmed in Burlington?
Spencer Smith Park was a fill in location for the scenes at the Statue of Liberty and along the island. The red brick promenade of Spencer Smith park was the perfect substitute for Ellis Island and Lake Ontario was used as the New York Harbour!
Burlington has been the starting point for several bands who have made it 'big'?
Burlington is home to bands and artists before they made it to the big-time. Who are they? Here's a quick list:
- Finger Eleven
- Sarah Harmer
- Jordan Hastings (Alexisonfire)
- Walk Off the Earth
Other notable famous residents include actors Jim Carrey, Ryan Gosling and artist Robert Bateman.