Discover Burlington Ontario

Burl#ON Sept 14-21

by Pam Belgrade

This last official weekend of the summer looks to be a glorious one weather wise so it is a perfect time to enjoy some family/friend time in Burlington.

There are so many exciting Weekend activities at the Royal Botanical Gardens it will be difficult to chose just one to attend.  The Fall Migration Fest is being held on Saturday at the Arboretum, a great family activity that I thoroughly enjoyed last year.  I learned about butterlies and birds migratorary habits and enjoyed a walk down to Cootes Paradise.  Also this Saturday is the Women’s Fall Retreat a day to recharge and focus on your health.  For garden lovers the Hamilton and District Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society is being held on Saturday and Sunday and blooms will be available for purchase after the show. On Sunday the Indigenous People and Plants Trail will open at 11 am at the Nature Centre at the Arboretum and also on Sunday is the Forever Young Lifestyle Retirement Show  at the RBG Centre.  Of course RBG is also a fantastic place for hiking, enjoying the International Scuplture garden and the fall colours in the various gardens.

Also in Aldershot (west Burlington) this Saturday afternoon is Alderfest at Bolus Gardens Parkette.  With a free BBQ, live music, arts & crafts and kids zone it will keep all ages entertained.

This Friday Sept 15. at 6 pm the Art Gallery of Burlington has it’s official opening of the Canada 150 Craft Biennial that features works from seventy Canadian makers in glass, ceramics, wood, metal and fibre.  AGB always has exhibitions including Can Craft? Craft Can! in collaboration with Craft Ontario.  For those who like to create, every Sunday, you can enjoy the free Creative Hub Open Studio from 1-4pm.

On Sunday Sept. 17, the Museums host their annual Applefest Fall Fair.  The day is filled with family friendly activities, entertainment and of course – apples!  For full details visit the website.

Sunday is race day in Burlington with both the Terry Fox Run/Walk/Roll supporting cancer research and the Amazing Bed Race supporting Joseph Brant Hospital.  There are also some other walks and rides listed below…cheer them on and sponsor some great causes.

Conservation Halton parks always offer lots of opportunities to get outside and connect with nature. Explore the 15th Century Aboriginal Village at Crawford Lake, get nose to beak with the Birds of Prey at Mountsberg, hike, climb, cycle or paddle, just be sure to check park pages for what activities are offered. Don’t forget to sign up for the Halton Parks 150 challenge for your change to win prizes!

Bronte Creek Provincial Park has the 34th British Car Day on Sunday showcasing over 1,000 classic, vintage and current model British vehicles in a beautiful park setting.  It is the largest one day of it’s kind in North America.  While there explore the trails, visit the play barn & farm and learn more about our heritage at the Spruce Lane Farm House.

British Car Day

Last weekend I headed north of the city to visit some of the rural sites including Springridge Farm where friends and I enjoyed some delicous soup, sandwiches and bakery treats.  (Chocolate croissants and tea biscuits were divine!)  We then browsed the gift loft and I picked up yet another jar of Canada 150 jam as a hostess gift.  From there I headed to StoneHaven Farms where I purchased fresh picked corn, home-baked cookies and checked out the corn maze where several families were enjoying the challenge.  Of course if you don’t have time to venture that far, visit the Burlington Mall Farmers’ Market which is open Wednesday 8 am – 2 pm Friday from 8am – 4pm and Saturday from 8am – 2pm.  In downtown Burlington from 9am-noon on Sundays visit the Centro Market, a perfect place to stroll and pick up produce and fall décor.

If you love camping this weekend will be epic, check out Bronte Creek Provincial Park (camp sites & yurts), Conservation Halton Parks, or KOA Toronto West (camp sites and camping cabins) to see if sites are available.  If you want to pamper yourself a little more there are several B&B’s and brand name hotels in the area.  Check them out on our website.

Events List Week of September 14-21


Sept 14-21

If you need help planning your visit, stop by our visitor centre at 414 Locust St., call us at 877.499.9989, visit our website or connect with us on facebookinstagram and twitter.   Our fall/winter/spring hours are from 9am – 4pm daily including weekends.

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