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#BurlON Oct 19-26

by Pam Belgrade

Now that it is finally feeling like fall (wow lots of frost this morning!) I hope you are inspired to get out and enjoy a hike, harvest activities and the emerging fall colours. Since we are getting close to Halloween you can check out that specific blog for spooky events over the next two weeks. Here are some other less frightening highlights for the week to come.

Fall at Springridge FarmApples, pumpkins, gourds, oh my!  Many of our local farm markets are featuring local produce and other harvest activities including Springridge Farms, Stonehaven Farm Market and the Burlington Mall Farmers Market which continues until the end of October and is open Wednesdays and Saturdays 8am -2pm Friday 8am-4pm.

Make some time this fall to get outdoors.  Burlington offers the perfect location to cycle or hike along one of the many multi-use trails from beginner to advanced. Scale the escarpment at Rattlesnake Point or Mount Nemo or get some late season camping in at one of our area campgrounds including Bronte Creek Provincial ParkKOA Toronto West or Conservation Halton.

If you can’t get enough of pumpkins, then the Halton Pumpkins to Pastries Trail is for you. Explore locations across Halton as they feature unique pumpkin and harvest themed experiences until the end of October. View the online map for participating locations and offers.

There are a number of new exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Burlington and it is a fabulous way to spend a few hours plus admission is free!  This fall the Gallery in collaboration with Craft Ontario, is presenting the first Canadian Craft Biennial. This event will celebrate and educate on the importance of contemporary craft throughout Canada’s diverse history and future under the theme Can Craft? Craft Can! Featured Exhibitions to October 29 include: International Ceramic Exhibition: Anton Reijnders; National Craft Exhibition: Can Craft? Craft Can!; Craft Ontario Provincial Exhibition: Nothing is Newer than Tradition and the AGB Provincial Exhibition on until December 31: Setting Ontario’s Table – Once Upon a Time. Get creative at the Art Gallery of Burlington Creative Hub on Sundays from 1-4pm, you can create art projects from recycled materials.

Burlington Performing Arts CentreThe new season at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre is well underway with many great performances to chose from.  In the spring when the season was launched we posted a blog about top picks, check it out for ideas.  I am looking forward to singing and dancing along with Olivia, Amy and Beth at LIVON this week with a group of friends and going for a pre-show dinner at a downtown restaurant.  If you are looking for culinary options in the city check out the dine section on our website.

In addition to these specific events here are some other suggestions for activities that you can enjoy:

  • Watch the salmon spawn along Bronte Creek in Lowville Park (checked Oct. 17 at 2nd Concession and no sign of them yet!)
  • Challenge yourself at an escape rooms like Mission Possible, or Confundrum
  • Sample a light of beer at Nickel Brook Burlington’s own craft brewery and then explore the rest of the True Brew Path
  • Admire the amazing International Sculpture Collection at the Royal Botanical Gardens
  • Connect with your inner child at Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park – I just went for the first time and it is amazing!
  • Get up close to farm animals at the Play Barn at Bronte Creek Provincial Park
  • Go on a scavengar hunt to find all the creative Public Art pieces throughout the city

Events Oct 18-26

Planning your visit to Burlington? We are always here to help, for more information on what to see and do give us a call at 877.499.9989, visit our website or connect with us on twitter or facebook.

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