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City of Burlington

Welcome to the “City of Burlington”

 

General Information

Burlington is a city located in Southern Ontario at the western end of Lake Ontario, lying between the north shore of Lake Ontario and the ridge of the Niagara Escarpment. Its geographic position puts it roughly in the centre of the Golden Horseshoe region, a dynamic location with many attractions.

While it contains both some small industrial areas and high-tech companies, Burlington is primarily a bedroom suburb of both Toronto and Hamilton. Burlington bears many similarities to the neighboring town of Oakville, including a high per capita income amongst its residents and a thriving downtown heritage area.

 

Geography and climate

Burlington is located at the southwestern end of Lake Ontario, just to the north of Hamilton and the Niagara Peninsula, roughly in the geographic centre of the urban corridor known as the Golden Horseshoe.

Although it shares the temperate climate found in Southern Ontario, its proximity to Lake Ontario moderates winter temperatures, allowing the most northerly tracts of Carolinian forest to thrive on the Niagara Escarpment that runs through western sections of city.

 

Climate data for Burlington

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Year

Average high °C (°F)

-0.89
(30.4)

0.11
(32.2)

5.11
(41.2)

12.22
(54.0)

19.39
(66.9)

24.89
(76.8)

28
(82.4)

26.72
(80.1)

21.78
(71.2)

15
(59.0)

7.89
(46.2)

2.11
(35.8)

13.5
(56.3)

Average low °C (°F)

-8.61
(16.5)

-7.78
(18.0)

-3.39
(25.9)

2.22
(36.0)

8.22
(46.8)

13.61
(56.5)

16.61
(61.9)

16.11
(61.0)

11.72
(53.1)

5.78
(42.4)

0.72
(33.3)

-4.72
(23.5)

4.22
(39.6)

Precipitation mm (inches)

67.1
(2.65)

57.1
(2.25)

69.6
(2.74)

73.2
(2.88)

80.4
(3.17)

70.8
(2.79)

71.6
(2.82)

76.8
(3.02)

89
(3.50)

73.8
(2.91)

77.9
(3.07)

71.5
(2.81)

878.9
(34.60)

Source: Environment Canada February 2009

 

Burlington’s Demographics

Ethnic Origin

Population

Percent

English

59,330

36.51%

Scottish

39,605

24.37%

Irish

33,855

20.83%

German

16,640

10.24%

French

15,980

9.83%

Italian

11,430

7.03%

Dutch

8,575

5.27%

Polish

8,120

5.00%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Race and ethnic origins

As recorded in the same census, 91.04% of the population was white. Other groups include South Asian: 3.1%, mixed race: 1.5%, black: 1.5%, and Chinese: 1.3%.

The top eight ethnic origins from the 2006 census are listed in the accompanying table. Percentages add up to more than 100% because respondents were able to choose more than one ethnicity.

 

Economy

Burlington’s economic strength is the diversity of its economic base, mainly achieved because of its geography, proximity to large industries in southern Ontario (Canada’s largest consumer market), its location within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and proximity to Hamilton, and its transportation infrastructure. The city has a robust economy with potential for future growth – it is located at the hub of the Golden Horseshoe, is largely driven by both the automotive and manufacturing sectors and has been named to 3rd best city to live in Canada.

There are also many stores and shops in Burlington. The Burlington Mall and Mapleview Centre are popular malls within the city. The many summer festivals in the city, including Canada’s Largest Ribfest, and the Burlington Sound of Music Festival which also attract many visitors.

 

Attractions

Burlington shares the Royal Botanical Gardens, Canada’s largest botanical garden with neighbouring Hamilton, which incorporates both untamed and cultivated landscapes.

There are 75 parks and 325 ha (800 acres) of parkland within the city, the largest being Lasalle Park located in Aldershot and Spencer Smith Park newly renovated & located centrally, also on the shore of Lake Ontario. Lasalle Park, is owned by the city of Hamilton but is leased by Burlington, which also assumes responsibility for maintenance.

Mount Nemo Conservation Area is the only area in Burlington operated by the Halton Region Conservation Authority.

Kerncliff Park, in an abandoned quarry on the boundary with Waterdown, is a naturalized area on the lip of the Niagara Escarpment. The Bruce Trail runs through the park, at many points running along the edge of the cliffs, providing a clear overlook of Burlington, the Burlington Skyway Bridge, Hamilton, and Oakville. On a clear day, one can see the CN Tower in Toronto, approximately 50 kilometres (31 mi) from the park.

The Burlington Art Centre shows various exhibits throughout the year from local to national talent, including the Canadian artist Robert Bateman. The Burlington Art Centre holds the world’s largest collection of Contemporary Canadian Ceramics, many pieces of which are on permanent display.

The Joseph Brant Museum and Ireland House, which showcase the history of Burlington, are also popular attractions.

There are no large-scale stadiums, arenas, theatre or opera companies in Burlington. However, in 2008, city council approved the construction of a Performing Arts Centre on Locust Street, in the downtown core. The Performing Arts Centre is designed by Diamond and Schmitt Architects who also designed Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Many annual lakefront activities take place in Spencer Smith Park, including Canada’s Largest Ribfest and the Sound of Music Festival. There is also the semi-annual Taste of Burlington Dining event.

 

Future

The City of Burlington’s plans for the future are outlined in a strategic plan called Future Focus VII. Issues such as responsive community, managed growth, economic development, environmental stewardship, financial management, transportation and transit and excellence in government are addressed in this document. Future Focus VII is available for download on the city’s website.

 

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For more information on the City of Burlington, please visit the following websites:

City of Burlington: http://cms.burlington.ca/site4.aspx

Halton Region: http://www.halton.ca/

Halton Catholic School Board: http://www.haltonrc.edu.on.ca/

Halton District School Board: http://www.hdsb.ca/Pages/Home.aspx

Burlington Transit: http://cms.burlington.ca/Page146.aspx

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