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150 Things to Discover in #BurlON in 2017

by Pam Belgrade

CANADA150LOGO_FC_RGB400pxCanada’s 150 anniversary year has arrived and we have gotten into the theme by creating a list of 150 activities/events in Burlington to enjoy throughout this milestone year.  We are encouraging visitors to discover #BurlON and residents to invite your friends and family to join you as you are a tourist in your hometown.  Here are 150 reasons to make beautiful Burlington part of your vacation plans in 2017.

Note: Some links are to last year’s dates as 2017 details have not been confirmed.  Check websites before you go. 

  1. Escape the winter blues by visiting the lush and lovely Mediterranean Garden at the Royal Botanical Gardens
  2. Take in dance, comedy, music or theatre at the state of the art Burlington Performing Arts Centre and enjoy pre/post show dining in the downtown
  1. Walk on the wild side at a Coyote Howl at Bronte Creek Provincial Park or Owl Prowl at Conservation Halton
  2. Hit the slopes at Glen Eden –lessons and rentals available for newbies. (weather permitting)
  3. Don a kilt and run in the annual Robbie Burns 8K Run
  4. Applaud the fabulous performances sponsored by our local performing arts groups
  5. Get ready for baseball season by practicing at the Fieldhouse Athletics
  6. Flight of Beer at Nickelbrook (39)Sample some suds at the Winter Beer Festival at the Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel & Conference Centre.
  7. Cheer on our OHJL Burlington Cougars Junior A Hockey Club
  8. Check out the GWD Foundation for Kids Creative Hub, a FREE open studio Sundays at the Art Gallery of Burlington
  9. Lace up your skates and go for a spin on the Rotary Centennial pond next to the beautiful waterfront at Discovery Landing (weather permitting)
  10. Embrace winter by snowshoeing at Conservation Halton Parks (weather permitting, rentals available at Crawford Lake)
  11. Step into the ice age at Big Freeze the coolest winter exhibit at Royal Botanical Gardens
  12. Browse the creative and inspiring exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Burlington
  13. Learn about local history at the Free Heritage Fair, which officially launches Heritage Month at the Burlington Central Library
  14. Winter CampingLooking for a winter getaway how about trying winter glamping at Toronto West KOA
  15. Too cold outside? Try indoor rock climbing at Climbers Rock
  16. Get up close to amazing raptors at Mountsberg Conservation Area
  17. Tempt your palate at the winter Taste of Burlington fixed price dining program
  18. Kid around during the Downtown Comedy Festival at the Water St. Cooker and the Burlington Performing Arts Centre
  19. Admire the majestic beauty of Trumpeter Swans who winter along the lake at LaSalle Park Marina
  20. Run with 3,000+ other hardy souls during the Chilly Half Marathon and Frosty 5K
  21. Maple syrup is running during Mapletown Sweetwater Season at Conservation Halton
  22. Check out award-winning movies from film festivals around the world at Screeners held at the Burlington Central Library
  23. Bronte Creek Provincial park maple festivalSweet family outing at the Maple Syrup Festival at Bronte Creek Provincial Park
  24. Join the oldest road race in North America the Around the Bay Race Hamilton-Burlington
  25. Hop over to Springridge Farm for their Easter Festival or Bronte Creek for their Victorian Easter event
  26. Sp’egg’tacular Easter Event at Ireland House Museum
  27. Join in the annual Good Friday Run through beautiful Aldershot
  28. Get inspired at the Kaleidoscope Art Show and Sale at the Art Gallery of Burlington
  29. Cheer on the athletes at the Canadian Wheelchair Basketball Championship held at Haber Recreation Centre
  30. Find out why Burlington is a golfers paradise at once of the many challenging and picturesque courses
  31. Watch the largest invitational gymnastics meet in Canada the Spring Cup
  32. Laugh out loud at Club 54 Nightclub comedy nights
  33. Go on a modern day scavenger hunt geocaching at Halton Parks
  34. Take mom out to celebrate Mother’s Day at Royal Botanical Gardens or Ireland House Museum
  35. Participate in painting a tile for the Mural Mosiac – a Canada 150 activity
  36. Cherry Trees in Spring (6)Visit Bronte Creek Provincial Park for Spring Thyme on the Farm and Victorian Tea festivities
  37. Join the ParticipACTION Play list crew when they visit us at Haber Recreation Centre on May 27 a Canada 150 event
  38. Cheer on the teams during the Lively Dragon Boat Races at Kelso Conservation Area
  39. Try your luck fishing at several local spots including LaSalle Marina
  40. Start spinning your wheels in our cycle friendly city
  41. Celebrate the relationship between Canada and the Netherlands at Canadian Netherlands Friendship Day
  42. Welcome spring with the Japanese cherry blossoms during the annual Sakura Festival
  43. See over 300 bird species in Burlington including bald eagles at the Royal Botanical Gardens
  44. Challenge yourself mountain biking at Kelso or Hilton Falls Conservation Areas
  45. Learn how to lawn bowl at the Burlington Lawn Bowling Club
  46. Join this summer evening run through quaint downtown Burlington @ Moon in June Race
  47. Head to the ball park to watch the Intercounty Baseball Leagues local team the Burlington Herd
  48. Mount Nemo ViewCheck out the view of Toronto while hiking at Mount Nemo Conservation Area
  49. Pack a picnic and enjoy one of our local parks
  50. Great fresh local produce and meet area farmers at the Burlington Farmers Market
  51. Hit the beachfront and try out paddle boats, stand up boards, kayaks rentals available from Burlington Beach Rentals
  52. Sleeping under the stars not for you? Try yurt camping Bronte Creek Provincial Park
  53. Learn from Royal Botanical Gardens interpreters how the Fishway a 2 way carp barrier, helps protect the water in Cootes Paradise
  54. Fly high during the annual Kite Festival at Brant Hills Park
  55. Enjoy a leisurely Sunday at the seasonal Centro Garden Market in Downtown Burlington
  56. Sound of Music Festival (44)Launching 9 days of music in Burlington the Sound of Music Kick Off event is epic
  57. Show your Canadian pride by joining the Canada 150 reaffirmation ceremony featuring Burlington entertainers
  58. Burlington Teen Tour Band members, alumni and families are celebrating the bands 70th anniversary with performances
  59. Listen to free live music at various local bars/restaurants during the Sound of Music Club Series
  60. Everyone loves a parade especially the Sound of Music Grand Festival Parade
  61. During the Sound of Music Festival take in Downtown Streetfest with music, sidewalk sales and patio parties
  62. Take Dad out for lunch at the Food Truck Festival at Springridge Farm
  63. Discover local history by taking the self-guided Historical Walking Tours of downtown.Heritage Homes in Downtown Burlington (9)
  64. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy Movies under the Stars at various outdoor parks
  65. Take in the beautiful views along 23 km of the Waterfront Trail in Burlington
  66. Dine alfresco at one of the many patios throughout the city some with waterfront views
  67. Listen to free summer music during Concerts in the Park at Central Park Bandshell
  68. Welcome the Summer Solticise by walking the Central Park Labyrinth
  69. Dancers Crawford Lake - Conservation HaltonLearn about First Nations during Aboriginal Awareness Day at Crawford Lake
  70. Get dirty at the Mine Over Matter Off Road Triathalon at Kelso Quarry Park
  71. No license required for Ontario Family Fishing Events
  72. Pick your own strawberries at Stonehaven Farms in season
  73. Start a new tradition by participating in the Canada Day 5K Run and Childrens 1K
  74. Don your red and white and celebrate Canada’s 150 birthday at the Canada Day Festival in Spencer Smith Park
  75. Enjoy a BBQ and the opening of the Chimes exhibit at the Art Gallery of Burlington
  76. Admire the restoration work done during the opening of the historic Freeman Train Station – Canada 150 event
  77. Savour delicious baked goods and preserves at Springridge Farms
  78. Royal Botanical Gardens Pond & TeahouseBuild a masterpiece at Nature Connects: Art using LEGO bricks at the Royal Botanical Gardens
  79. Recognize National Chocolate Day on July 7 by visiting the decadent chocolatiers and artisans in Burlington
  80. Listen to Hot Jazz and Cool Country & Blues during Garden Music Nights at the Royal Botanical Gardens
  81. Check out history and farm fun at the Summer Fair and Farm Expo and Country Heritage Park
  82. Savour street eats at the new Burlington Food Truck Festival and shop downtown at the Red Tag Event
  83. Take your savasanas outdoors at Yoga in the Park at Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area
  84. Admire classics, muscle cars, tuners & exotic sports cars at the annual Downtown Car Showcar show
  85. The Rock Garden at the Royal Botanical Gardens comes to life with theatre performances
  86. A perfect evening out with free music on the plaza at the Burlington Performing Art Centre
  87. Celebrate Burlington during the Joseph Brant Day community festival at LaSalle Park
  88. A touch of magic awaits you at the Enchanted Garden Weekend at Royal Botanical Gardens
  89. Have a good fright at the ghost walks at Spruce Lane Farm at Bronte Creek Provincial Park
  90. Delight in a summer afternoon of wine, spirits and fine dining at Lakeside a la Carte
  91. Sandcastle FestivalBring your pails to Burlington’s Beachway Park
  92. Excite the kids with live entertainment, inflatables, crafts and a marketplace at the Children’s Festival at Spencer Smith Park
  93. See the first Canadian Craft Biennial featuring master and emerging artists at the Art Gallery of Burlington
  94. Enjoy flowers year round at the Royal Botanical Gardens by checking what’s in bloom
  95. Spot the colourful catamarans at the annual Regatta along the Burlington waterfront
  96. Lip smacking and finger licking good eats at Canada’s Largest RibfestFB_RibfestChef
  97. Feast your eyes on the display of British Cars at Bronte Creek Provincial Park
  98. Cycle along scenic rural roads during the GTA GrandFondo Epic Tour
  99. Before our winged friends head south take in the Migration Fest at the Royal Botanical Gardens
  100. Register for the Christmas Town lottery to enjoy a personalized visit with St. Nick
  101. Follow the Pumpkin & Pastries trail for delicious fall fare
  102. fall-springridgeHave lots of harvest fun during the Museums of Burlingtons’ Applefest Fall Fair
  103. Hike Canada’s oldest and longest footpath on Bruce Trail Day
  104. Get a good workout while having fun at Bad Axe Throwing
  105. Get into spirits at tastings events at the Royal Botanical Gardens 
  106. Try a new sport Archery Tag at Burloak Sports Centre
  107. Create, participate and share during Culture Days activities
  108. Tour heritage sites, noteworthy buildings, interesting locations and cultural centres during Doors Open Burlington
  109. rock climbing CHGet to new heights while Rock climbing at Rattlesnake Point or Mount Nemo
  110. Enjoy fall’s bounty during the Harvest Festival at Springridge Farm
  111. Admire the fall colours while cycling the Greenbelt route
  112. Ride the chair lift to see autumn colours during Fall into Nature at Kelso Conservation Area
  113. Watch the salmon spawn along Bronte Creek in Lowville Park
  114. Challenge yourself at an escape rooms like Mission Possible, or Confundrum 
  115. Come if you dare to the Burlington Ghost Walks
  116. Get spooked at the Halloween Spooktacular at the Halton County Radial Railway

    Treats in our Streets in Downtown Burlington

    Treats in our Streets in Downtown Burlington

  117. Dress up and visit downtown for the annual Treats in our Streets
  118. Sample a light of beer at Nickel Brook Burlington’s own craft brewery
  119. Meet amazing artists and admire their creations at the Art in Action Studio Tour
  120. Admire the amazing International Sculpture Collection at the Royal Botanical Gardens
  121. Get up close to farm animals at the Play Barn at Bronte Creek Provincial Park
  122. Enjoy delicious soup and take home the bowl at the annual Soup Bowl event at the Art Gallery of Burlington
  123. Go on a scavengar hunt to find all the creative Public Art pieces throughout the city
  124. Greet Santa as he arrives in a Parade of Lights at Country Heritage Park
  125. Get in the spirit during Christmas Activities at Springridge Farm
  126. 0911_Ireland House_Christmas_06Visit the Museums of Burlington for a Christmas event at Ireland House
  127. Shop for exquisite gifts by Canadian artists at the Art Etc. Gallery Shop
  128. Have the golfing bug in the offseason? Hit the indoor links at Faraway Greens
  129. Take a step back in time and learn about Victorian Christmas traditions at Bronte Creek Provincial Park
  130. Watch the kids eyes sparkle at the tree lighting and official opening of the Festival of Lights
  131. Indulge in holiday cheer at the Royal Botanical Gardens Fest of Ales
  132. Carol throughout the sparkling downtown during the annual Candlelit Stroll
  133. Ride with Santa at Christmas on the Rails at the Halton County Radial Railway
  134. Cheer on the jolly old elf during the annual Santa Claus Paradewin-santaparade
  135. Shop and dine in the quaint and historic Victorian replica Village Square 
  136. Marvel at seeing 3,000 Santa’s running in the all Santa 5K Race in downtown Burlington
  137. Take a cool ride on the Snow Tube at Glen Eden (weather permitting)
  138. Take a staycation and have someone else make the beds at one of our local hotels
  139. Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens for Holiday Traditions featuring the RBG Train Show, visits with Santa and the RBG Express
  140. Enjoy the skating performances during the annual Christmas Collage at the Rotary Centennial Pond along the waterfront
  141. Enjoy plant-based fare at one of Burlington’s many vegan eateries
  142. Watch or participate in AAA hockey over the holidays at the 50th Golden Horseshoe Hockey Tourney
  143. Winter activities - skating waterfrontLace up for free holiday skating courtesy of Tim Horton’s at local arenas
  144. Relish fresh baked pizza, bread and pastries next door to our Visitor Centre at Pane Fresco Italian Bakery
  145. Hit the lanes at our local bowling facilities Splitsville, Roseland, Burlington Bowl
  146. Take a horse drawn sleigh ride at Mountsberg Conservation Area
  147. Howl in the New Year at Bronte Creek Provincial Park at the Coyote Howl Hike
  148. Bring the kids to the family New Years Eve Hoopla at Mountsberg Conservation Area

For more information about Canada 150 visit Tourism Burlington’s webpage or check out the video.


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