The city's waterfront features dining, water play, skating and model boating. Downtown, next to the lake, are many homes owned by middle to upper-class families, as well as many expensive homes from millionaires living in Burlington. Enjoy unique shopping, exquisite dining, the world-renowned Royal Botanical Gardens, museums, art galleries, golf courses, scenic hiking and biking trails and lively festivals such as Sound of Music and Canada's Largest Ribfest.
- The Hamilton International Airport is the local airport which is just 30 minutes from Burlington. it is serviced by WestJet.
- Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International Airport is located a short driving distance from Burlington, around 45 or more minutes.
- Niagara Falls NY and Buffalo NY International Airports are located about an hour's drive away.
- Burlington is easily accessible by highways 403, 407, and QEW.
- VIA Rail. Operates regular train service from Aldershot station which is located at the border with Hamilton. Service is available to London, Windsor, and Niagara Falls. Trains also travel to Toronto which allows for connections to Kingston, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City.
The best way to get around Burlington is by car. Arterial roads are spaced about 2 kilometres (1.25 miles) apart, and generally run on a 45 degree angle to the compass points. Main roads running northeast to southwest are (from southernmost to northernmost) Lakeshore Road (former Highway 2), New Street, Plains Road/Fairview Street, the Queen Elizabeth Way/Highway 403 (a controlled-access highway), Upper Middle Road, and Dundas Street (former Highway 5). Main roads running northwest to southeast are (from easternmost to westernmost) Burloak Drive, Appleby Line, Walkers Line, Guelph Line, Brant Street, King Road, and Waterdown Road.
Burlington is a pedestrian- and cycling-friendly city, although, as the city is somewhat sprawling, walking or cycling is sometimes impractical. There are several long-distance walking and cycling trails in Burlington, including the Waterfront Trail, a 23-kilometre-long paved trail that offers beautiful views of Burlington's waterfront. In Burlington, you may ride your bicycle on sidewalks, except in the downtown core. Burlington Transit is the transit authority for the city. Bus service is reasonable for a city of Burlington's size, although not as good as other neighbouring GTA municipalities due to lower population density and higher levels of car ownership. Most buses run on a 30-minute schedule, although some routes run more frequently during rush hour and/or less frequently on weekends or evenings. A variety of discount tickets and passes are available.
- Burlington Art Centre.
- Joseph Brant Museum.
- Ireland House.
- Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Rd West, ☎ +1 905-527-1158, toll-free: +1 800-694-4769. Canada's largest botanical garden. It is comprised of several gardens and natural areas, spread out over 900 hectares, accessible by foot, car, and a RBG run shuttle bus. Adult $12.50, Senior/Stgudent $10.50, Child $7.50, Family $30.50.
- In the winter time during December, you can walk through an extensive Christmas lights display downtown at Spencer Smith Park. Showing the Eiffel Tower and various large displays of lights, this is the time when you can enjoy the beauty of Christmas.
- On July 1, you can celebrate Canada Day in Spencer Smith Park and gather with dozens of others to wave the Canadian flag with pride and music.
There are 115 parks and 325 ha of parkland within the city. A complete list of parks can be found here
A great time to visit Burlington is in the summer, when there are numerous free festivals are held.
- Discovery Landing. A 14,200 square foot landmark building that faces out to the lake and offers prime storm and weather watching views. Designed by Baird Sampson Nuert it has given residents and visitors a unique place to discover, celebrate, play, and relax by our lake. Discovery Landing is open all day, daily and features The Observatory, Spencer's on the Waterfront, the Bite Café, and an information area to provide information on the park. Discovery Landing overlooks the Rotary Centennial Pond, a 10,000 square-foot year-round water feature. In the spring, summer and fall it is a reflective pool ideal for model sail boating and in winter it will have free ice-skating on an artificial ice surface.
- Surrounding features include the Joseph Brant Museum, the Ireland House the Burlington Art Centre, and Tourism Burlington.
- Hike the Bruce Trail. A portion of the Bruce Trail, the hiking trail that runs along the Niagara Escarpment from Niagara to Tobermory runs through Burlington. The Burlington portion of the trail starts near the intersection of Highway 6 and Mountain Brow Rd., skirts the escarpment before reaching Snake Rd., and then takes a winding path that isn't always easy to follow (if you find yourself in a cemetery near a convent, you've gone the wrong way), but leads to a few beautiful waterfalls just before entering Waterdown. East of Waterdown, the trail then runs through Kerncliff Park, crosses Dundas St., then runs for several miles through rural Burlington before entering Milton.
- Canada's Largest Ribfest, Spencer Smith Park. Labour Day weekend. Music, crafts and some of the best rib makers in North America.
- Sound of Music Festival, downtown, waterfront, ☎ +1 905-333-6364, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Proclaimed as Canada's Largest Free Music Festival. Five day free music festival on several stages. Jazz, folk, rock, pop, country, blues, latin, celtic. Parade, carnival, marketplace, family zone and downtown streetfest. Held on Father's Day weekend. For 2014, the dates are June 7, and 12 to 15.
- Many stores and malls are located in the city. Mapleview Centre, at 900 Maple Avenue, has more than 150 stores. You can also shop at the Burlington Mall , at 777 Guelph Line.
- If you are interested in small shops, then the downtown core, on Brant Street, is the right place for you. Stores are in an old town setting with many restaurants, cafés, and boutiques nearby.
- One of Ontario's five Ikea stores is located on Plains Road.
- Woodworking and gardening enthusiasts will want to visit Lee Valley Tools off Guelph Line north of the QEW.
- For the sports enthusiast, Mountain Equipment Co-op is located on Brant Street before Highway 403.
There are many great dining establishments in Burlington. The restaurants below are just a few of over 200 establishments.
- Easterbrooks, 694 Spring Gardens Rd. (near Royal Botanical Gardens), ☎ +1 905-527-9679. 10AM–10PM (Summer), 10AM–8PM (winter). Well-known for its footlong hotdogs (note that a "regular" hotdog here is a footlong) its ice cream and milkshakes are also good. The restaurant has been located at this location since 1930 and features a retro atmosphere. A second location is located at; 2422 New Street. 905-632-7490
- Beaver and Bulldog, 2020 Lakeshore Rd, ☎ +1 289 337-9119.
- East Side Mario's, 900 Maple Ave, ☎ +1 905 681-8888. American-Italian food, in the Mapleview Centre.
- Kelsey's Restaurant, 777 Guelph Line (beside the Burlington Mall), ☎ +1 905 633-9323.
- Le Chinois Chinese Burlington, 1250 Brant St, ☎ +1 905 331-0033.
- Mandarin, 1235 Fairview St, ☎ +1 905 632-6000. Chinese Food.
- Shoeless Joe's, 2000 Appleby Line, ☎ +1 905 315-7933. Attractive serving staff with tight and semi-revealing attire.
- West Plains Bistro, 133 Plains Rd, ☎ +1 905 333-9449.
- Earl's Kitchen and Bar, 900 Maple Ave, ☎ +1 905 631 1212.
- Turtle Jack's Muskoka Grill, 900 Maple Ave (across from Earl's at the Mapleview Mall), ☎ +1 289-288 0484. 11AM-2AM. There is also an another location at 4155 Fairview Street.
- 50/50s Restaurant, 1445 Elgin st, ☎ +1 905 333-5050.
- The Carriage House, 2101 Old Lakeshore Rd, ☎ +1 905 634-7723.
- Charles Dickens Pub, 423 Elizabeth St, ☎ +1 905 333-4991.
- Honey West, 399 Elizabeth St, ☎ +1 905 634-7999.
- Ivanka's Downtown Bistro, 441 Elizabeth St, ☎ +1 905 639-7577.
- La Costa Nuova, 421 Brant St, ☎ +1 905 634-7421.
- Latitude Restaurant, 390 Brant St, ☎ +1 905 333 3309.
- Lezley's Chaps, 355 Plains Road East, ☎ +1 905 333-4431.
- Martini House, 437 Elizabeth St, ☎ +1 905 333 9553.
- Paradiso Restaurant, 2041 Pine St, ☎ +1 905 639-1176.
- Pepperwood Bistro, 1455 Lakeshore Rd, ☎ +1 905 333-6999.
- Red Canoe Bistro, 398 John St, ☎ +1 905 637-6137.
- SB Prime, 380 Brant St, ☎ +1 905 634-6275.
- Siam Dish, 1477 Lakeshore Rd, ☎ +1 905 632-2525.
- Walker Fish Market, 4045 Harvester Rd, ☎ +1 905 633-9929.
- Water St. Cooker, 2084 Old Lakeshore Rd, ☎ +1 905 634-2084.
Please note that not all hotels are listed.
- Comfort Inn, 3290 South Service Rd, ☎ +1 905 639-1700.
- Best Western, 2412 Queensway Dr, ☎ +1 905 639-2700. Convenient location, right beside Hamilton, Niagara, and Toronto highways.
- Creekside Bed and Breakfast, 3158 Pinemeadow Dr (Guelph Line near Upper Middle), ☎ +1 905 336-5382.
- Hilton Garden Inn, 985 Syscon Road East, ☎ +1 905 631-7000.
- Homewood Suites, 975 Syscon Rd, ☎ +1 905 631-8300.
- Quality Hotel, 950 Walkers Line, ☎ +1 905 639-9290.
- Holiday Inn, 3063 South Service Rd, ☎ +1 905 639-4443.
- The Waterfront Hotel Downtown, 2020 Lakeshore Rd, ☎ +1 905 681-5410. Formerly Travelodge.
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|London ← Brantford ←||W E||→ Oakville → Toronto|
|Niagara Falls ← Grimsby ←||W E||→ Oakville → Toronto|
|Niagara Falls ← Hamilton ←||W E||→ Oakville → Toronto|
|London ← Hamilton ←||W E||→ Oakville → Brampton|
|END ← Hamilton ←||W E||→ Oakville → Toronto|