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#BurlON Celebrates Canada’s 150th

by Pam Belgrade

The Canada 150 excitement is building!  Throughout 2017 we are encouraging visitors to discover #BurlON local attractions, restaurants, shops and events.  Many of our local organizations have embraced the theme with special programs planned for all ages that range from being in the audience during live performances to participating in hands-on activities.  With so many things happening we can’t highlight them all so check the City events calendar and search the sub-category Canada 150 for more events and details. 

Celebrating Burlington Authors – May 12- Dec 2017 – FREE

The City and Burlington Public Library are celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday with the launch of Celebrating Burlington Authors, a traveling book display which features 71 books from a variety of both children’s and adult’s authors and illustrators. Some of these authors are listed on our Famous Burlingtonian list.  The exhibit is travelling to a new library branch each month until December 2017. For more information visit. 


Nature Connects – Art with LEGO Bricks – May 20 – August 20 – ADMISSION FEE

Who doesn’t love LEGO?  I have helped build many a LEGO kit and can appreciate the time involved so I am looking forward to the Royal Botanicals Gardens hosting the Canadian debut of Nature Connects – Art with LEGO Bricks.  This is a fun and inspiring exhibit that teaches people the importance of connecting with nature. You will be amazed at the over 300,000 LEGO pieces in 14 sculptures throughout Hendrie Garden created by New York artist Sean Kenney.  Daily activities are planned plus on weekends there are guided tours.

Canada 150 Mosaic Community Painting Days – Sun May 21, Mon May 22 – FREE

The Canada 150 Mosaic project will bring together 150 communities and thousands of participants to create community murals that celebrate Canada’s unique history and culture. Burlington’s mural will be made of 400 tiles and the theme is our very own Burlington Teen Tour Band (who are celebrating their 70th anniversary this year). You can participate in this community project by painting your own tile that will become part of the mural. You do not need to be an artist (thank goodness, I am in!) Drop in to one of the community painting days however due to limited tiles, they will be first come, first served. Sunday, May 21, 2017 Burlington Mall 777 Guelph Line 2 to 6 p.m. Monday, May 22, 2017 Art Gallery of Burlington 1333 Lakeshore Rd. 1 to 4 p.m.

Celebrate Canada 150 by Showcasing the Beauty of Burlington

As part of Canada’s 150 celebration, the City of Burlington is calling upon its residents to submit photos that capture Burlington’s iconic landmarks, including the beautiful lakefront and escarpment. Residents are asked to submit their photos on Instagram and Twitter by including the hashtag: #BurlON150.  The submission period will run until Monday, June 19, 2017. Selected photos will be published across social media on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

Student Theatre Canada 150 Chain – FREE

Each link describes what it means to be Canadian and their Canadian pride. This chain will travel throughout Burlington at various events honouring Canada’s 150th.  Add your own link to the chain, which will be featured at Spencer Smith Park on July 1, 2017.  Pick up your link at any pool, arena or community centre. When finished bring them back and we will add them to our link.

ParticipACTION 150 Playlist – Sat May 27 – FREE

Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday at the cross-country tour stop for ParticipACTION 150 Play List. You can find the crew in Burlington on Saturday May 27 from 12 noon until 6pm at Haber Recreation Centre.  Stop by to learn more about the 150 Play List, where you can check a few activities off your list all at once plus see demonstrations of Wheelchair Basketball and meet Olympian and Famous Burlingtonian Brandon Wagner.  If you are not registered for the 150 Play List you can register at this event or sign up online.

Kite Festival – Sun June 4 – FREE

The 26th annual Kite Festival takes place at Brant Hills Park from 11 am – 4 pm where you can celebrate diversity and let fun take flight.  This free family focused event offers kite building materials while supplies last, as well as activities and entertainment. 

The Tenors – Sun June 4 – ADMISSION FEE

Looking for a lovely way to spend a spring evening?  Showcasing their undeniable charm and diverse vocal styles, the award-winning and multi-platinum The Tenors will perform in the tranquility of RBG’s Hendrie Park.  Purchase tickets online.

Sound of Music Festival – Sun June 11 – FREE – featuring Walk Off the Earth, The Spoons & Tebey

On Sunday June 11 at Spencer Smith Park a special new Canada 150 Celebration is planned by the Sound of Music Festival in partnership with the City of Burlington. The entertainment lineup has been released and it features Burlington bands Walk Off the Earth, The Spoons & Tebey.  The day will include fabulous free music from 1 to 9 pm and a special reaffirmation ceremony for Canadians who were born here and did not get a chance to take the citizenship oath.  See full schedule.

A Day on the Bridge – Sun June 11

Spend A Day On The Bridge with your family, friends and neighbours and celebrate our magnificent natural surroundings while commemorating Canada’s 150th birthday.  Enjoy food, fun, activities, arts and music on the bridge throughout the day, and then a gala fundraising dinner and grand finale celebration to cap off the night.  The historic McQuesten High Level Bridge offers a magnificent vantage point from which to view Cootes Paradise, Hamilton Harbour and the Niagara Escarpment.  This event is raising funds to purchase and protect land that will become a part of the Cootes To Escarpment EcoPark System one of the most biologically-rich areas of Canada.

Canada 150 Trail Challenge – June 15- October 15

Conservation Halton challenges you to hike, bike, run and climb their trails from June until October.  Get out there and enjoy nature and have an opportunity to win fabulous prizes such as an extended month to your Halton Parks Membership plus you will be entered to win one of the grand prizes.  Breathe in fresh air, and work-out whether it’s hiking the trails on the Escarpment Trail in the forest surrounding Crawford Lake; mountain biking through the woods at Hilton Falls, rock-climbing the cliff face of Rattlesnake Point or trail running through Kelso to add up those kilometres or routes.  Follow Conservation Halton on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for mini contests and prize announcements!  Register online.

Canadian Citizenship Ceremony – Thurs June 29

New this year the Royal Botanical Gardens is proud to host our nation’s newest Canadians as they take their oath of citizenship in the historic Rock Garden.  A very touching event for both participants and spectators. 

Tall Ships Sail Past – Fri June 30

Eleven magnificent Tall Ships will gather on Lake Ontario near the entrance to the Burlington Bay Canal on Friday, June 30 for a Parade of Sail around Hamilton Harbour beginning at 2 pm with all ships docking at Pier 8 at 4 pm.  The Parade of Sail launches the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta at Pier 8, in Hamilton until July 1. You won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to witness the spectacle of 11 Tall Ships gracing our beautiful Waterfront.

Celebrate Canada Day – Sat July 1 – Activities happening across the city

Canada Day 5K & 1K Kids Run – 9am –REGISTRATION FEE

Start the day off with a new family tradition for Canada Day by participating in this fun 5K or 1K run with routes through Spencer Smith Park.  VR Pro the event organizer provides finishing medals to all participants plus food and great prizes! The 1K starts at 9 am and the 5K at 9:30 am and participants need to register in advance. 

Yoga –Spencer Smith Park West Lawn – 10 am – FREE

Canada 150 Mosaic – 10 am Music Centre – FREE

Burlington’s mural for the Canada 150 Mosaic project will be unveiled.  For more information visit Mural Mosiac

Freeman Station Open House – 11:30am – 4 pm – FREE

The historic Freeman Station will be open for the public to view the restoration progress undertaken by dedicated volunteers (over 5,000 hours donated).   This is one of the last surviving Grand Trunk Railway stations which operated from 1854 – 1988.


Canada Day Festival – 12pm-10 pm – FREE

Don your red and white and celebrate Canada’s 150 at the Canada Day Festival in Spencer Smith Park.  You can enjoy free Canadian-inspired activities and entertainment all day including face painting, balloon animals, photo booth, inflatables, stilt walkers, dog show and finishing with fireworks over the lake at 10 pm. Opening ceremonies with the crowd favorite, Canadian Musical Ambassadors Burlington Teen Tour Band are at 1 pm.  Get there early and take shuttles/taxi or walk/cycle as parking will fill up quickly.  If you take a Burlington Taxi on Canada Day you will receive $1.50 rides if book using online app. Lakeshore Rd. will also be closed from 9 – 11pm – check the website before you head to the park for updates. 

Community Chimes – 2 pm – FREE

Celebrate the official opening of “Garden of Chimes” in the Art Gallery of Burlington Dan Lawrie Family courtyard. This exhibition of sight and sound is the culmination of artist led community workshops. AGB Guilds, Brantford and Hamilton Potters’ Guilds will be contributing individual Chimes submissions.  Canada Day family BBQ  1 – 3 pm.

Red and White Fun Swim – FEE or FREE!

Show your Canadian pride and get active at fun swims at Mountainside and LaSalle Parks.  Wear red and white – pay $1.50 per person or wear red and white and show a photo of a Canadian flag in your window and get in FREE!


Canadian Craft Biennial – August 19 – October 29 – FREE

For culture enthusiasts, the Art Gallery of Burlington, 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! 

Since Canada’s birthday is being celebrated all year long we will provide another blog in the fall about the events happening for the remainder of 2017.  If you are looking for Canada 150 items many local businesses have product including RBG, Museums, Art Gallery, Springridge Farms and our Visitor Information Centre.

Burlingtonians are #Hometownproud

Residents are being asked to show their #Hometownproud by reconnecting with family and friends and inviting them to Come Home 2 Burlington by sending EpostcardsThere isn’t a better time to revisit and celebrate your pride in being a Canadian and Burlingtonian! Burlington residents/businesses are also being asked to host events and reunions here and tools have been created to assist you… check out Love My Hood resources to help you plan your event. 




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