Discover Burlington Ontario

#BurlON til Apr 3

by Guest Writer

Spring has sprung! Enjoy some time outdoors at one of our parks, or visit the Art Gallery of Burlington to see the many different exhibits. Maple Syrup season is almost over so stop by  one of the festivals this weekend before they end. There is so much to do this week in BurlON.

Kettle Fire Maple Syrup Festival Bronte CreekMaple Syrup Festivals

This is the last weekend to visit the annual Bronte Creek  Maple Syrup Festival. Until March 31, take a tour guided by interpreters costumed for the 1890’s and visit the Spruce Lane Farmhouse which recreates life from 1899. Finish the day in the Maple Gift shop for some fresh maple syrup to take home and don’t forget to enjoy pancakes in the outdoor air.

It’s Sweet Water Season at Crawford Lake Conservation Area. Weekends until April 7 visit the reconstructed Iroquoian Village and learn about the origins of maple syrup with the Indigenous People. Try tasting different types of syrup and see demonstrations of taffy being made on snow. On Saturday March 30 try A Taste of Maple. Chef Johl Whiteduck Ringuette of Toronto’s NishDish Marketeria will be speaking about Indigenous cuisine and the significance of maple.

At the same time is Maple Town at Mountsberg Conservation Area. See how the sap from approximately 600 tapped trees is transformed into maple syrup, and taste some free candy samples.

Art Gallery ConservatoryArts in BurlON

Some amazing exhibits are leaving the Art Gallery of Burlington this weekend; make sure you see them before they are gone. Until March 31, Voices in Black Canadian Narratives and Ears, Eyes, Voice: Black Canadian Photojournalists 1970s–1990s are featured at the Art Gallery. Also, until March 31, Territories in Metal showcases the works of four artists who work with metal and other materials to create magnificent works of art. Also take a look at the exhibit Sanctuary: Chari Cohen, on display until April 21. Until April 28 is an exhibit titled In Search of Self. Every Sunday there is an open studio for families to enjoy. Admission is always free so make sure you stop by to check out these amazing exhibits and get creative.

At the Burlington Performing Arts Centre is The H. Phactor – Everything Potter on April 3.

Also on display until April 1st at the Performing Arts Centre, City Hall, and our Visitor Centre located at 414 Locust Street, are beautiful photographs by Robert Todd called Burlington: A city through the seasons.

Burlington Through the Seasons brochure cover with sakura trees

Get Outdoors

Get outside and enjoy spring in #BurlON. Take a walk around Crawford Lake and tour the Iroquoian village, or explore the Hide and Seek trail and look out for some of the diverse species who make their home here in southern Ontario. Looking to get nose to beak with some birds of prey? Visit the Mountsberg Raptor Centre to learn more about the various Ontario-native species.

The Royal Botanical Gardens are inviting you to get Back to Nature with hiking through the park. These are free guided hikes through the vast nature spaces the park has to offer. Hiking is also available at all of our conservation parks. Visit Conservation Halton’s website for information and to see which one of the many beautiful trails here in #BurlON is right for you.  Remember to dress for the weather as the ground is very soft and muddy.

Spiders Alive

Beware, until April 14 the Royal Botanical Gardens will be crawling with spiders and their arthropod friends for Spiders Alive!. Here you can learn about the many adaptations and behaviours of spiders and other creatures in two interactive exhibits and daily programs for all ages. This event is included in your general admission to the RBG, so make sure to stop by during your visit.

Around the Bay race - runners with banner

Around the Bay Race

Sunday marks the 125th anniversary of the Around the Bay Road Race. Congratulations to all the runners and to the organizers on 125 years!

Birding at Royal Botanical Gardens

Birding in #BurlON

It’s finally Spring so it is the perfect time to get out and explore #BurlON. Did you know that the western end of Lake Ontario (including Burlington) is home to close to 300 bird species? Birding is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the world, and with all of the opportunities to see many different species here in #BurlON it is the perfect activity to enjoy. For information on birding etiquette, locations, seasons, and more, check out our birding blog, or visit us at the Visitors Centre at 414 Locust St and see our “Birding in Burlington” display.




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