What’s Happening in Burlington, Ontario?

Welcome to Burlington Lifestyle, your definitive guide to what’s happening in the best mid-sized city in Canada! (MoneySense Magazine, 2013). Whether you come to Burlington, Ontario for the mild weather, the low unemployment and crimes rates, or the ideal location, you’ll be sure to stay for the sense of community that you’ll find here.

At Burlington Lifestyle, we give you the inside scoop on events, recreation, real estate,restaurants and featured businesses that will help you get the most out of your Burlington experience. You’ll want to check back often for regular articles featuring the people and places that make Burlington such a fantastic place to live and play.

The City of Burlington is known for its world-class festivals, moderate temperatures and views of both Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment. Add a strong sense of community spirit, a thriving arts community and diverse, welcoming neighbourhoods to the mix, and you have the ingredients for a city that feels both big and small, in all the right ways.


The name Burlington was in common use by the turn of the nineteenth century, after the first lieutenant governor of Upper Canada, John Graves Simcoe, named the area Burlington Bay in 1792. Moderate temperatures and fertile soil allowed early farmers to prosper and the population to grow. Today, one can still find the occasional peach tree tucked away in some of the city’s neighbourhoods. Burlington was officially incorporated as a city in 1974, and now more than 175,000 people call Burlington home.


Burlington is situated at the geographic centre and heart of the Golden Horseshoe of Ontario, between Toronto and Hamilton, and is part of Halton Region. This strategic location allows Burlington to maintain a small-town, community feel, while being close to big-city amenities.

The Niagara Escarpment flanks Burlington to the north and provides easy access to hiking on the famed Bruce Trail. Situated at the western end of Lake Ontario, Burlington’s waterfront provides many opportunities for exploring, strolling or enjoying some incredible views.

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The City of Burlington experiences warm, humid summers and cold (but not too cold) winters. Each season is spectacular here, but it is perhaps autumn that outshines the others, with glorious reds and golds adorning the trees and causing even the most seasoned Burlingtonian to stop and admire.

Winter offers plenty of opportunities for indoor or outdoor ice skating, sledding, or snowshoeing and skiing at nearby conservation areas. Our much-anticipated spring welcomes an abundance of local maple syrup festivals, and neighbourhoods become abuzz with activity, as folks prepare lawns and gardens to be admired. And summer, ahh summer, with plenty of sunshine and warmth, will inspire you to head to a local beach or outdoor pool to soak up some rays, or perhaps pitch your tent at a local campsite.


The City of Burlington is home to numerous world-class festivals, including Canada’s largest Ribfest, the Sound of Music Festival, and the Children’s Festival. Spencer Smith Park, which boasts a beautiful promenade along the lake, hosts these popular festivals. The Burlington Art Centre and the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, located in downtown Burlington, offer cultural experiences close to home.

Burlington, Ontario is proud to be the home of the Burlington Teen Tour Band, known as Canada’s Musical Ambassadors since 1947, as well as Walk off the Earth, an indie band sensation. Museums, parkland galore, golf courses, conservation areas and a delightful seasonal Farmer’s Market provide unending opportunities for recreation, exploration and learning.


Most Burlington schools are part of either the Halton District School Board or the Halton Catholic District School Board, which includes both elementary and secondary schools. There are also a variety of private, Christian and Montessori schools. Burlington is home to the Canadian campus of Australia’s Charles Sturt University.