Award-winning Burlington was named the top midsized place to live in the nation by MoneySense magazine.* The annual Top Place to Live in Canada rankings are derived from quality of life factors including housing costs, income levels, amenities, and crime rate. Ideally located along the shoreline of scenic Lake Ontario just a short 45 minute drive from Toronto, Burlington offers waterfront dining, art galleries and museums, the world-famous Royal Botanical Gardens, and inviting hiking and biking trails. There are 115 parks in the city, numerous golf courses and annual festivals that provide fun for all. Burlington is known for its lively festivals and events, attracting middle class and upscale residents who enjoy the outstanding lifestyle.
Burlington’s waterfront along Lake Ontario is a wonderful destination for residents who want to walk along the shoreline, have lunch in an historical building or simply enjoy an afternoon of family fun. Ice skating and model sail boats are popular activities on the 10,000 square foot Rotary Centennial Pond, and Spencer Smith Park promenade is the perfect place for a stroll. The Brant Street Pier projects 137 metres into the lake, allowing for gorgeous water and shoreline views. Beachway Park invites residents to spend a relaxing day building sandcastles and enjoying the lake. Discovery Landing has become a popular destination for those who love weather watching. A 14,200 square foot building features glass enclosed Spencer’s at the Waterfront restaurant, serving fresh local fare with spectacular views of Lake Ontario. Starting in May and throughout the summer, the Dofasco Waterjet Plaza splash park delights youngsters.
The Waterfront Trail in Burlington is part of the Ontario trail system and winds past eight waterfront parks, a beautiful beach, the pier and the promenade. Nature trails provide scenic views of Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment, the perfect place to see glorious fall colours and native birds. The Royal Botanical Gardens is a major attraction and a hub for education, conservation and scientific research. Natural lands and nature sanctuaries are home to local plants and wildlife and include a plant biodiversity hotspot enabling the study of Canadian birds, as well as wetlands that provide spawning area for native fish species. Parks provide baseball diamonds, wading pools, children’s playgrounds, picnic areas and nature trails. There are several golf courses in Burlington, ranging from 9-hole public courses to challenging championship golf.
The profusion of galleries, museums, studios and public art makes Burlington an inspiring destination for the arts. Music, dance and theater enthusiasts will love the Burlington Performing Arts Center with its grand lobby, main theatre and community studio. Local theatre companies include the Aldershot Players, the Drury Lane Theatre and several others, such as the Student Theatre. The Art Gallery of Burlington features more than 2,000 pieces of Canadian ceramics, and the Burlington Artist Gallery presents award-winning paintings of birds by a local artist. West Burlington’s Aldershot district near the botanical gardens is home to the Teresa Seaton studio and gallery, featuring colorful stained glass. Gallery (2) presents theme nights and workshops, and the Medium Art Studio allows the public to paint their own ceramics.
The city of Burlington is composed of several neighborhoods, each with its own distinctive character. Expect to see lovely communities with detached single-family homes, large lots featuring mature landscaping and numerous nearby schools that are ideal for families with children. Upscale neighborhoods are highlighted by a mix of custom built residences and renovated properties, and golfers will appreciate golf communities that offer family amenities. Burlington neighborhoods that are located in the heart of the city offer optimum convenience near commercial areas, parks and the lake.