things to do in Burlington

Burlington lies in the municipality of Halton on the northwest end of Lake Ontario.It is at the center of the Golden Horseshoe – an urban corridor in Canada. It is a beautiful place that is located between Toronto and Niagara Falls. It is one of the best places to live in Canada and also makes a good getaway. There is something to do for everyone over in Burlington and if you decide to visit, then here are some of the things to do in Burlington.

Royal Botanical Gardens

The Royal Botanical Gardens are world renowned and the city’s top attraction. The garden is spread over 900 hectares and has one greenhouse, four outdoor gardens and three restaurants. The picturesque gardens are a great place for photo opportunities and if you want to enjoy a warm day then stroll through the beautifully landscaped gardens. It has the world’s largest lilac collection and is also an important Bird Area.

Brant Street Pier

The Brant Street Pier is a signature destination of Burlington. Located at Spencer Smith Park, it extends 137 meters over Lake Ontario. You can walk out onto the water if you go on this pier. There is a lighted lookout tower on the water which is accessed by a staircase. In the evenings you can have gorgeous views of the whole area. It is open between 7 am to 11 pm and offers stunning views of the shoreline too. If you are looking for adate night book a Burlington Limousine and first go to the pier for some romantic moments.

Mount Nemo Conservation Area

The Mount Nemo Conservation Area is operated and owned by the Conservation Halton. It is very popular amongst rock climbers and it is one of the most popular places for this activity. The climb starts at a level of 5.9 and hence it isn’t for amateurs. An avid rock climber will love the challenge and if the day is clear one can have a clear view all the way to CN Tower. Hiking trails are also available for those who don’t want to go rock climbing. There are more activities on offer including camping, cycling fishing and skiing.

Bruce Trail

Bruce Trail is a hiking trail that extends from the Niagara River to Tobermory, Ontario.  The main trail is around 550 miles long and there are 200 miles of associated trails. It is the oldest marked hiking trail in Canada and has multiple waterfalls on the way. It also passes through the Nemo Conservation Area and Crawford Lake Conservation area leading to stunning views.

Walking Tour

Take a walking tour of the city of Burlington and get to know more about it. Downtown Burlington has historic sites that one can see.  Start at the city hall and move on to exploring downtown. Gothic and Victorian revival mansions still exist and do check out the Zimmerman house. There is plenty of history to see and explore downtown.


Burlington has the largest ribfest as the rib eating festival happens on Labour Day Weekend. It is full of food vendors and also has a marketplace. The ribs are cooked in various ways, with different sauces. There is also live music and you can enjoy great meat while enjoying the festival.

Spencer Smith Park

The Park is located in downtown Burlington on the shores of Lake Ontario. It was named after a former president of the horticultural society who was instrumental in developing the park system. It is the location for the Ribfest Festival, Sound of Music and the Beer Festival. Enjoy the open surroundings of the park or have a picnic as you soak the sunshine. It is one of the coolest things to do in Burlington.

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