Burlington (Ontario)

Royal Botanical Gardens in early August

Burlington is a city in Ontario, Canada which lies across Burlington Bay from Hamilton. Located on the north shore of Lake Ontario, Burlington is a 45-minute drive from Toronto and Niagara.

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.

Get in

By plane

By car

By train

Get around

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.



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.




There are many great dining establishments in Burlington. The restaurants below are just a few of over 200 establishments.





Please note that not all hotels are listed.




Go next

Routes through Burlington

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

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