Here’s a fun little time killer, full of arbitrary questions and interesting facts. I learned quite a few things putting it together, hopefully you can learn some good stuff, too. See how many you can answer without using the Googler.
- What is the significance of Freeman Station?
- What is the approximate population of Burlington?
- What is Burlington’s oldest church?
- What is the name of our Mayor?
- Burlington has 2 twin cities…name them.
- What is the nickname for the Teen Tour Band?
- In 1874, 2 villages became incorporated to form the Village of Burlington. Name them.
- In what year did Burlington become a city?
- Renowned artist Robert Bateman taught art (and geography) at which 2 high schools in Burlington?
- Which famous actor/comedian attended Aldershot High School?
- Which dreamy a-list actor attended Lester B Pearson High School?
- How large is the area of the Royal Botanical Gardens?
- How many golf courses do we have in Burlington?
- How much did the Pier cost to build?
- Where is the best spelunking to be found in Burlington?
- What is the Art Gallery of Burlington’s claim to fame?
- Approximately how many restaurants do we have in Burlington?
- What returns to the shores of LaSalle Park every winter?
- What was war chief Joseph Brant’s Mohawk name?
- In 1669, French explorer LaSalle landed where? (this one should be a freebie).
- What is the name of the free music festival held every year in June at Spencer Smith Park? (hint: Julie Andrews).
- We have 2 museums in Burlington. Name them.
- What is the name of the pedestrian marketplace in downtown Burlington, designed with the idea of a historic town square, with cobblestone walkways and great photo spots?
- Burlington entrepreneur Ron Foxcroft invented what device used in sporting events?
- Who once owned the property that the Paletta Mansion sits on today?
- Freeman Station is the old Burlington Junction Station of the Grand Trunk Railway from 1906!
- Guesstimates for 2017 put our population at just under 200 000.
- St Luke’s Anglican Church at 1382 Ontario St. was built in 1834.
- Rick Goldring.
- Apeldoorn, Netherlands and Itabashi, Japan.
- The Redcoats.
- Port Nelson and Wellington Square.
- Nelson High School (1958-1963; 1965-1969) and Lord Elgin High School…which was later renamed to Robert Bateman High School (1970-1976).
- Jim Carrey.
- Ryan Gosling.
- The RBG grounds cover a whopping 27 000 acres, including 27 kms of beautiful trails and tens of thousands of plants.
- Nearly $15 million.
- Mt. Nemo has the best caves in town!
- The Art Gallery of Burlington houses the largest collection of contemporary Canadian ceramics in the world.
- We have over 300 restaurants in every flavour and style in this great city!
- The Trumpeter Swans. LaSalle is sheltered from harsh winter winds; these large birds winter with us every year!
- Thayendanegea. (He spelled it various ways, so no points off for spelling mistakes here).
- The area that is today’s Lasalle Park!
- The Sound of Music Festival!!
- The Joseph Brant Museum and Ireland House.
- The lovely Village Square.
- The “pealess” whistle…no more jamming.
- In 1806, Laura Secord was awarded the land in a lottery by the British government. She never lived there and there was no house on the property at the time of her ownership.
If you scored:
20-25: Wow! You are either a longtime resident of Burlington, or you cheated.
15-20: You did great! I Hope you learned some bonus fun facts to tell at parties.
I0-15: Pretty durn good! I’ll bet most people will score in this range. Me? I’m like Alex Trebek. I make like I know, but obviously I had to look most of this stuff up.
5-10: There is so much more to know about our fair city. Get on out there and explore!
0-5: You are clearly new to town. Welcome!