Burlington, Ontario is best known as a bedroom community extension of nearby Toronto. But if you're living in or visiting Burlington, you'll want to know what there is to do in the city so you can avoid having to drive all the way to Toronto to find something to do. You may be surprised to hear this, but Burlington actually does have plenty of things to do. This guide can give you an overview of what there is to do and offer some suggestions for fun activities you can do with friends or family.

Sports and Outdoors

Burlington has some of the finest outdoor recreational spaces in the GTA. There are several golf courses, walking trails, nature preserves, and picnic parks that virtually any family can afford to enjoy. Burlington is also home to Canada's largest botanical garden and over 150 species of birds. The city has a lot of lake frontage, so it's also a great place to enjoy sailing and water sports. In the winter there's cross country and downhill skiing as well as maple syrup making and outdoor skating.

The Arts

If you're interested in ceramics, the Art Gallery of Burlington has a huge collection. It also offers classes in artistry and craft work if you want to try your hand at making some pieces to decorate your office. There's also an Artist's Walk in Village Square and several galleries you can visit. If you're more into performing arts, you can take in a play, attend dinner theatre, or see a concert by the internationally renowned Burlington Teen Tour Band.


You may not think that Burlington is that old, but it was home to native peoples for hundreds of years before being settled by French traders and later the British. Learn about the earliest settlers as they built the city up from nothing at the Joseph Brant Museum or visit Bronte Creek Provincial Park to see how people lived in the 1900s. Even just walking down the street you'll see historic homes and churches.


You won't have to take a limo into Toronto to attend a fun festival. There are celebrations centred on the maple syrup season in the spring that include free samples and wagon rides. In the summer there are festivals dedicated to music, art, food, kites, children, and food. There are even things to do in the winter, like the candlelight tours offered by local museums and the annual winter carnival.

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