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City of Burlington

Brant Street in Downtown Burlington, OntarioSituated on the shores of Lake Ontario and conveniently located within an hour of Toronto & Niagara Falls, the beautiful City of Burlington awaits you. The City of Burlington is located in southern Ontario on the north shore of Lake Ontario between Hamilton and Toronto. It is a growing municipality with a population of over (Canada 2011 Census population 175,779), located at the western end of the Greater Toronto Area.

Take a stroll on the waterfront trail, explore Royal Botanical Gardens, one of North America's largest botanical gardens, and enjoy Bronte Creek Provincial Park. Hike on our nature trails, and take in scenic landscapes along the Niagara Escarpment or walk the spectacular Waterfront at Downtown Burlington.

Participate in special events such as The Sound of Music Festival, Burlington Jazz n' Blues Festival, Art in the Park, Lakeside Festival of Lights and Rotary Ribfest. Experience our history in the Museums of Burlington, and take a tour of the Burlington Art Centre. Elevate your experience in Burlington!

Climate
Burlington's climate is generally continental with warm humid summers and cold, dry winters. This is moderated by the proximity of Lake Ontario, which tends to reduce temperature extremes. Monthly mean temperatures range from 22 degrees centigrade (71 degrees F) in July to -5 degrees centigrade (23 degrees F) in January. The annual precipitation consists of about 28 inches of rain and 51 inches of snow. Easterly winds off the open waters of Lake Ontario may add substantially to local snowfall however the prevailing winds are from the southwest. The average date for a late frost is May 3rd, and the first autumn frost occurs about the 15th day of October.


Who lives here?

Residents (by age)
under 20 12.1%
20-54 74.9%
55-79 12.3%
Total number of
private households
68,780
Average number of persons
in private households
2.5
Average Family Income (2011) $98,995
English is the mother tongue 90.4%

Life Style
Spencer Smith Park in Burlington, OntarioBurlington maintains 580.78 hectares of park land and has a quality of life second to none. It offers 4 indoor and 2 outdoor pools, 3 splash pads, 12 ice pads, 6 community centres, and 9 golf courses. Some of the best hiking in the world can be done in the local sections of the Bruce Trail and the Niagara Escarpment, which is a UNESCO-designated World Biosphere Reserve, as well as along the Waterfront Trail that skirts the northern shore of Lake Ontario.

You can relax and take in the Sound of Music Festival in June that features the world famous Burlington Teen Tour Band who have performed in Europe, Japan, and throughout Canada and the United States.

Through its Mundialization Committee, Burlington promotes itself as a global community by fostering United Nations support at the local level and by maintaining a twin city relationship with Itabashi, Japan and Appledorn, Netherlands. This effort is realized by numerous community-based projects that strengthen ties.

There is no daily newspaper published in Burlington. Papers delivered to Burlington include: The Burlington Post The Hamilton Spectator, the Toronto Star, the Globe & Mail, the Toronto Sun, and the National Post.

Attractions
Burlington is home to the Royal Botanical Gardens (which has the world's largest lilac collection). The Burlington Art Centre, has a unique national role in collecting contemporary Canadian ceramics. The Joseph Brant Museum (named after the Mohawk Chief) and Ireland House at Oakridge Farm, a history museum depicting family life from the 1850s to the 1920s are also popular attractions.
Burlington has the distinction of having one of the only 2 naturally occurring magnetic hills in Canada. The magnetic hill is located on King Road, north of Bayview Park.

Whether it's adventure, history, culture, recreation or relaxation, Burlington has it all.

Information provided by Tourism Burlington. For more information about Burlington please visit the Tourism Burlington website.

Town of Oakville

Oakville HarbourA vibrant and impressive community within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), the Town of Oakville is a beautiful lakeside town with a strong heritage, preserved and celebrated by residents and visitors alike. Founded in 1857, this striking town has become one of the most coveted residential and business centres in Ontario, and for good reason:

  • Great neighbourhoods
  • Great places to do business
  • Quality schools
  • A full-service acute care community hospital
  • Proximity to Lake Ontario and recreational areas
  • Easy access via QEW, 403, 407 and GO Transit
  • Charming shopping districts in the downtown core

This thriving municipality of about 182,500 residents provides all the advantages of a well-serviced urban centre, while also maintaining its small-town ambiance. Along historical downtown streets, Oakville offers a mix of converted 19th century buildings which accommodate over 400 fine shops, services and restaurants.

Destination for both visitors and residents

A 30-minute drive from downtown Toronto, and an hour’s drive from the U.S. border, Oakville is a great destination for visitors.

Residents and visitors enjoy theatre, dance, music and comedy performances at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts. They can visit the Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate, located in the home of the Chisolms, Oakville’s founding family. Other points of interest include galleries, historical societies and local architecture, especially in heritage neighbourhoods. Oakville is also home to the state-of-the-art Sixteen Mile Sports Complex and the new Queen Elizabeth Community and Cultural Centre.

Oakville ParksAmong the many special attractions and activities for the whole family, Oakville’s annual RibFest and Jazz Festival draw crowds from around the GTA. The community also provides plenty of recreational opportunities. Golfers can play at one of Oakville's many golf courses, including PGA-recognized Glen Abbey Golf Course, which has hosted the Canadian Open for many years.

Enjoy the acres of park space, many with groomed hiking trails, or join a recreation centre which provides programs for all ages. For boaters, Oakville features two picturesque harbours with docks and slips for sail and powerboats.

A place to do business

Oakville's strong and diversified economic base offers an excellent location for both new and expanding businesses. Currently, national and international corporate headquarters represent automotive, technology, business service, aerospace, pharmaceutical and tourism sectors.

It's all about quality of life

People who live here are proud of the quality of life this great community has to offer. In a recent survey of residents, 86 per cent said Oakville is a better place to live than anywhere else in the GTA. Ideally located in a beautiful natural setting, Oakville offers first-rate facilities and amenities. The outstanding range of lifestyle choices will continue to make this growing community one in which residents and businesses feel a sense of pride and connection.