Welcome to Burlington

About Burlington

Burlington’s beautiful lakeside views and small-town charm offer high-quality living at its best. Rich in diversity with a strong economy, safe neighbourhoods, and an abundance of culture, it is no surprise that Burlington has been awarded “Best Mid-Size City to Live in Canada” time and time again by Maclean’s Magazine.

Centered between metropolitan Toronto to the east and the beautiful Niagara Region with its wonderous falls and wine country to the west, this lakeside city features many parks including Spencer Smith Park on its waterfront, a quaint downtown, an abundance of walking trails, and a conservation area touching the Niagara Escarpment to the north.



Burlington was first incorporated in 1873 as a village, encompassing the earlier settlements of Port Nelson and Wellington Square, later becoming a town in 1914. In 1958, Nelson Township and the Aldershot area of East Flamborough were amalgamated to form the municipality now known as Burlington.

People and Lifestyle

Many free annual festivals are planned on the waterfront at Spencer Smith Park, including Canada’s Largest Ribfest, the Sound of Music Festival, Canada Day celebrations, the Children’s Festival, and the spectacular Lakeside Festival of Lights. There is also the semi-annual prix fixe Taste of Burlington dining event enjoyed by restaurant patrons and many food lovers. The warmer months also bring movies under the stars each weekend with cinema classics at the waterfront, with residents and visitors enjoying the bustling activities as well as strolls along the boardwalk and the pier.

Burlington is home to the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) featuring gardens and nature sanctuaries covering 2700 acres and is part of the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve. As a National Historic Site, it offers many natural wonders for nature lovers including 27km of trails, a botanical garden, prized blooms in warmer months and delightful events throughout the year. 


Burlington is a golfer’s paradise with nine pristine golf courses within the city limits. Many of the courses are open to the public all while maintaining a country club atmosphere. Most include a driving range, putting green, banquet and/or dining facilities, and a fully stocked pro shop.

For more information, visit: www.tourismburlington.com/see-do/sport-recreation/golf/

Schools & School Boards

Public Schools

Catholic Schools

Private Schools

Glenn Arbour Academy                           
Halton Waldorf School                            
Trinity Christian School                          
Blyth Academy Burlington                      
Burlington Christian Academy                
Fern Hill School Burlington                        
Fairview Glen Montessori