I am a huge champion of Burlington, but I’ll be the first to admit it, I honestly didn’t know there were so many cultural spots in our great city! If you’re even a little like me, you’ll find this list of places to go and things to see a huge motivator to get some Burlington culture!
Public Art: Did you know that Burlington commissions local artists to bring their skills and passion to selected outdoor spaces around Burlington? Why not plan to visit all of the Public Art installations this summer?
Artist Designed Benches and Bike Racks: Take a walk or ride along one of Burlington’s many paths and see some of the dozens of benches designed by a local Burlington artist. Or park your bike at one of the designer bike racks downtown!
Art Gallery of Burlington: Home to an acclaimed collection of Canadian contemporary ceramics and seven arts and craft guilds, plus interactive and creative spaces, the AGB provides education programs and public tours for people of all ages.
Ireland House Museum: Immerse yourself and learn about the Ireland family and Burlington’s agricultural roots at Ireland House at Oakridge Farm, built in 1837 and one of Burlington’s oldest heritage homes.
Joseph Brant Museum: Discover Burlington’s rich cultural past and early foundations at Joseph Brant Museum, named after the famous Mohawk who first settled at the Head-of-the-Lake.
Freeman Station: This is Burlington’s only surviving Grand Trunk Railway station, and from 1854 to 1988 this location was Burlington’s railway arrival and departure centre.
Twin Cities: Burlington is loved all over the world, and “twinning” with Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, and Itabashi, Japan are just two of the ways we promote the City of Burlington as “A World Community”.
Royal Botanical Gardens: Designated as a national historical site, RBG is revered world-wide for its extensive 400 acres of display gardens. RBG is unique in that it also protects and stewards over 2300 acres of environmentally sensitive lands and diverse ecosystems.
Paletta Lakefront Park: Once owned by Laura Secord, and purchased by the city in 1990, this picturesque park boasts mature sugar maple trees, a converted barn, caretaker’s gatehouse, and aromatic flowers, all along the shoreline of Lake Ontario.
Events and Festivals
Canada Day: Bring your national pride and explore the abundance of Canadian inspired activities and musical entertainment. July 1, from noon to 10 p.m. in Spencer Smith Park. Burlington’s annual Canada Day Celebration attracts over 70,000 visitors to our beautiful waterfront and is the community’s largest one day festival. Our Canada Day celebration also ranks in the Top 100 Festivals and Events in Ontario.
Children’s Festival: Celebrate Burlington’s 25th annual Children’s Festival with a birthday party! Join us as we celebrate being a kid. The Burlington Children’s Festival will be held on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017 from 10 am to 5 pm at Spencer Smith Park in downtown Burlington. Attracting more than 25,000 people, this exciting event celebrates being a kid and features a variety of free activities. Yet another Top 100 Festivals and Events in Ontario list-maker!
Doors Open Burlington: The 8th Annual Doors Open Burlington takes place on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The event features open access to locations in downtown Burlington, free of charge. The Doors Open event provides a unique opportunity to view our city from a new perspective and celebrate the cultural importance of these sites to the community.
And to see all that Burlington has to offer, please check out Burlington’s Cultural Map. You won’t be disappointed that you did!