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Desirable Living: 10 Things To Do In And Around Burlington, Canada - Updated 2019

Kate
Updated May 21, 2019

Where can you find a massive amount of nature, with a diverse collection of living organisms? Burlington, Canada! Burlington is located between two of the most famous geographical sites in Canada, namely the Niagara Escarpment and the Northwest shores of Lake Ontario and it covers a total land area of 187 square kilometers (73 square miles).

Green nature can be found all over Burlington and the 187 square kilometers (73 square miles) of land is divided into southern and northern regions. The South of Burlington is where the urban areas are located, but in the north, it’s a very different story. Agriculture, golf courses, nature reserves, and conservation areas are some of the main categories where Burlington shines the most. This is also what attracts visitors, as with nature comes culture and exploring the culture of any new city is in the heart of every tourist.

So why not enjoy the scene, have a cup of coffee, juice, or tea while you overlook a great conversation reserve? Go beyond tourism in Burlington, Ontario. Here are some of the best things to do in and around the area of this fun and exciting city!

1. Have a picnic at Spencer Smith Park

Spencer Smith Park is located on the waterfront in downtown Burlington. Here, a view of the lake, beach and Skyway bridge, while enjoying a breath of fresh air is well worth your time. You can also go cycling, walking, or rollerblading and if you’re bringing kids, they can escape to the playground.

If you go at the right time, you might even get to experience a picnic way better than you could ever imagine, as this park holds most of Burlington’s signature festivals and events. Canada’s Largest Ribfest is an annual fundraising activity of the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore and proceeds go to charities. If that doesn’t get your attention, another annual festival is the Burlington Beer Festival! Aside from the festivals, you can stroll around the park and see different historical exhibits, any day.

Spencer Smith Park

Address: 1400 Lakeshore Rd, Burlington, ON L7S 1Y2, Canada

Phone: +1 905-335-7738

Website: Spencer Smith Park

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2. Bring out the naturalist in you at Mount Nemo Conservation Area


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A place known for being small but offering big experiences, Mount Nemo boasts its hiking, rock-climbing, and its quick access to nature. It holds the title of having one of the best cliff ecosystems in Ontario’s Niagara Escarpment. It holds rich green ferns, limestone boulders, and even crevice caves and ancient cedars, that are about 1000 years old. Mount Nemo offers an exceptional view of the escarpment and it’s open every season, with ever-changing scenery.

For adventurists, the rock-climbing here might be one of the great experiences of your trip. Nature will be in the palm of your hands. Other than that, you can freely go to the caves, as within Mount Nemo, lies one of the rare cliff edge ecosystems and cave systems in Ontario. All you have to do is prepare for the adventure, as it awaits you!

Mount Nemo Conservation Area

Address: 5317 Guelph Line, Milton, ON L9T 2X6, Canada

Phone: +1 905-854-0262

Opening Hours: Every day - 8:30 AM to 9:00 PM

Website: Mount Nemo Conservation Area

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3. Watch turkey vultures soaring at Rattlesnake Point

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Considered one of the most beautiful places in Ontario, Rattlesnake Point can be accessed from Burlington in approximately 20 to 40 minutes, depending on which route you take. It is said that spending a day here in any season will show its beauty and it’s clearly an eco-tourism area!

It features caves and cliffs where you can sightsee and fill your eyes with more natural beauty, all in one place. It is also awesome for cyclists, hikers and climbers or, you can find a serene spot and relieve your stress during a Yoga in the Park session. Enjoy and witness the beautiful sunsets, during every season.

Rattlesnake Point

Address: 7200 Appleby Line, Milton, ON L9T 2Y1, Canada

Phone: +1 905-854-0262

Opening Hours: Every day - 8:30 AM to 9:00 PM

Website: Rattlesnake Point

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4. Visit the Art Gallery of Burlington



The seventh largest public art gallery in Ontario, the Art Gallery of Burlington is an award-winning gallery located in the heart of Burlington. Hosting around 20 exhibitions per year, the AGB is open to artists and thinkers for the viewing and exhibition of personal artwork. Not only this, it has Canada’s largest collection of contemporary Canadian ceramics!

The AGB is a not-for-profit organization, relying on memberships, sponsorships, grants, donations, and proceeds from special events to keep their operation going, which makes it such an inspirational place to be.

Art Gallery of Burlington

Address: 1333 Lakeshore Rd, Burlington, ON L7S 1A9, Canada

Phone: +1 905-632-7796

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday - 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Saturday to Sunday - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Website: Art Gallery of Burlington

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5. Indulge in the history at the Ireland House Museum


From past to present, get ahold of the knowledge and history of the Ireland family and of Burlington’s agricultural history. Ireland House Museum is one of Burlington’s oldest heritage homes, as it was built in 1837. For just 5 CAD (3.90 USD) you can get a tour of the place, which contains the history of Burlington from the 1830s to the 1920s, through the eyes of the Ireland family. For the history-seekers out there, don’t miss this place when in Burlington!

Ireland House Museum

Address: 2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, ON L7P 5A8, Canada

Phone: +1 905-332-9888

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday - 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Sunday - 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Website: Ireland House Museum

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6. Get wet at the Waterfront Trail


Want to get some sun or the beach getaway you’ve been dreaming of or maybe you just want a chill day in a park? Well, you might as well go to the Waterfront Trail in Burlington! It’s a combination of eight waterfront parks, an exquisite beach, and the downtown waterfront, pier and promenade. Better get yourself ready for an adventure and make sure to bring your swimwear and sunscreen.

Waterfront Trail

Address: 1094 Lakeshore Rd, Burlington, ON L7S 1A2, Canada

Website: Waterfront Trail

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7. Bring your binoculars to Paletta Lakefront Park


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“Majestic” will be your first thought when you see Paletta Lakefront Park, which effortlessly combines elegance with natural beauty. The gardens are remarkably green and clean and there is also a lakefront viewing spot that is a nice place to relax. Within the park, you’ll also find the Paletta Mansion, built around 1930 and it is divided into two parts, namely the estate lands, featuring the beauty of the mansion and its surrounding landscape, and the flood plain of Shore Acres Creek, a part of nature remaining fully untouched.

The park is often a wedding venue, so it is really a sight to see with your loved ones and is considered the “jewel in the crown” of the Burlington waterfront area.

Paletta Lakefront Park

Address: 4250 Lakeshore Rd, Burlington, Ontario L7L 1A6, Canada

Phone: +1 905-632-7809

Website: Paletta Lakefront Park

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8. Go hiking in Clappison Woods

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Clappison Woods is a conservation area, featuring the Clappison Escarpment Woods ESA, the Regional Life Science ANSI, species at risk habitat, Bruce Trail and property trails. This place is used mainly for hiking and you can explore the biodiversity here, as you walk along the different trails, encountering different organisms, whether in motion or not.

Come here to become more aware of the nature around you, which will encourage you to take care of the beautiful environment Clappison Woods. Nature and outdoor enthusiasts alike will definitely love this place.

Clappison Woods

Address: Hwy 6, Dundas, ON L9H 7B8, Canada

Phone: +1 905-336-1158

Opening Hours: Open daily

Website: Clappison Woods

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9. Bring your family to Bronte Creek Provincial Park

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Part of the Ontario Parks System, Bronte Creek is filled with activities such as biking, birding, fishing, and hiking! Featuring a farmhouse and nature center where you can see a touch of agriculture in the park, with its farm animals, crops, and much more, this park is a great recreational venue!

The park is also great for camping or staying in a yurt and it is also known for hiking, as it offers a variety of trails, such as Maiden’s Blush Trail, Trillium Trail, Ravine Trail, Gateway Trail, and last but not the least, Halfmoon Valley Trail, with a combined distance of approximately 8.2 km (5.1 miles). This is an adventure filled park, indeed!

Bronte Creek Provincial Park

Address: 3201 Upper Middle Rd W, Oakville, ON L6M 0L9, Canada

Phone: +1 905-827-6911

Website: Bronte Creek Provincial Park

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10. Discover different flowering plants at Royal Botanical Gardens



Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) is the largest botanical garden in Canada. It is also a National Historic Site and a charitable organization. Here, activities include a showcase of the use of plants and the natural world to connect people, place and sustainable behaviors. One of the garden’s missions is to reconnect children with nature and the Royal Botanical Gardens leads a province-wide “Back to Nature” campaign, to help children discover the beauty of outdoors and nature.

The natural areas and gardens here are overflowing with different flowering species, which they also research for more discoveries and the development of the collection. This is a place great to relax and unwind from work or the hustle and bustle of the city. The gardens also exhibits sculpture and artwork in natural areas for viewing. It is a very inspirational place to be in, for either clearing your mind or filling it with ideas to take back after unwinding.

Royal Botanical Gardens

Address: 680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON L7T 4H4, Canada

Phone: +1 905-527-1158

Opening Hours: Everyday - 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Website: Royal Botanical Gardens

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Love of nature...

Discover the culture and vast history of the nature and agriculture of Burlington, Canada, where you can go to a lot of different natural places with unique twists. Have a look at beautiful Lake Ontario or the Niagara Escarpment. Find tranquility and be one with nature.

This article was originally published on Nov 15, 2017

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Kate currently resides in the Philippines and has previously lived in Singapore and Thailand. She has also traveled in a few other countries with her family. She has also traveled by herself to...Read more

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