Situated on the shores of Lake Ontario and conveniently located between Toronto & Niagara Falls, Burlington is surrounded by the tranquil beauty of parks, gardens and its downtown waterfront. The outdoor adventurers can hike the Bruce Trail, Canada’s oldest footpath with over 890 km of nature waiting to be explored, scale the limestone cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment or cycle through the scenic rural or city routes. If you are looking for a more leisurely pace, enjoy the Waterfront Trail, window shop in Burlington’s quaint downtown boutiques or get pampered at a one of the local spas. Along the way, savor the best culinary delights that local chefs are offering at the many cafés, chic eateries and fine dining restaurants.

Parks, trails & waterfront
Explore 1100 hectares of gardens and nature reserves at the Royal Botanical Gardens, take in the birds and wonderful views along the Niagara Escarpment, take part in the waterfront activities along Lake Ontario. Rock climb, ski, snowshoe or participate in the making of maple syrup at one of seven local conservation areas. Swim at one of North America’s largest man-made outdoor swimming pools at Bronte Creek Provincial Park. Play a round of golf at one of the many picturesque courses or just relax in a neighborhood park. Whatever your pleasure, you will find something to keep you active in Burlington!

Recreation, arts & culture
Residents can experience Burlington’s history in the Museums of Burlington, take a tour of the many exhibits at the Art Gallery of Burlington and take in a musical performance or a touring theatre event at the state-of-the-art Burlington Performing Arts Centre. Many annual free festivals take place in Spencer Smith Park, including Canada’s Largest Ribfest and the Sound of Music Festival, Canada Day, Children’s Festival, as well as the winter and holiday Lakeside Festival of Lights. Give your taste buds a treat at Burlington’s biannual prix fixe Taste of Burlington dining events.

Elementary schools and high schools in Burlington are a mix of private and public schools. Burlington is covered by the Halton District School Board, Halton Catholic District School Board, Conseil scolaire de district du Centre-Sud-Ouest, and Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud. Trillium College, one of the largest diploma schools in Ontario, offers a wide range of career-oriented programs related to industries, such as healthcare, social sciences, business and technology. Burlington is also home to the McMaster University DeGroot School of business.
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