Discover Burlington Ontario

#BurlON til Jan 16

by Guest Writer

The holidays are over and the kids are back in school, but there are still plenty of things in BurlON to see and do. Try ice skating outdoors at Discovery Landing, or pick up a new hobby looking for rare birds through Burlington’s many parks. Here are some things we recommend you try this upcoming week.

Memorial Tribute Concert – Mike Taylor Walk Off the Earth

Walk Off The Earth’s memorial tribute concert for Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor with special guests is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Civic Square in downtown Burlington.  The line-up includes acoustic performances by Walk Off The Earth and members of Barenaked Ladies, Scott Helman, Monster Truck, USS, Darenots and Saint Alvia. Kelly’s Bake Shoppe will be providing free hot chocolate.  Due to the expected large crowds and local support for the band, the following roads will be closed from 3 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13 to midnight on Jan. 14 to allow for set-up and clean-up of the event:

  • Brant Street, from Ontario Street to Pine Street
  • James Street, from John Street to Brant Street
  • Elgin Street, from Locust Street to Brant Street
  • Ontario Street from Brant Street to Locust Street

Parking will be free; however, traffic is likely to be heavy and concert-goers are strongly encouraged to take Burlington Transit to the Downtown Transit Terminal on John Street or other nearby bus stop locations. For safety reasons, concert-goers are also asked to use their mobile phone’s flashlight, battery-powered lights or glow sticks instead of candles.

Mike was very proud of being from Burlington and was an amazing ambassador for the city.  He provided Tourism Burlington with this heartfelt quote for our visitor guide a few years ago.  Come out and show your support for the band, family and fans.

Skating at Discovery Landing


Come downtown to the Rotary Centennial Pond for free Pond Skating until March 4th. This is a great way to spend some time with the family while also being active, despite the cold weather!  Since we have had weather ups and downs it is best to check ahead to make sure the pond is open before you head out by calling 905 335.7738 #8587 or website.


Weekends until February 18, Mountsberg Conservation Area is inviting you and your friends or family to enjoy horse-drawn Winter Sleigh Rides through a winter wonderland. Pre-registration is recommended as spaces do sell out fast. Also at Mountsberg is the fascinating Raptor Centre. Get nose to beak with some Ontario Raptors at the Birds of Prey shows.

Hiking is a great outdoor activity and there are many options at the 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.

Skiing and Snowboarding

Glen Eden is officially open for winter. While we may not have had much snow, that won’t get in the way of hitting the slopes this week. Check online to see slope conditions and other information.  A more detailed blog has been posted Snow Much Fun in #BurlON which highlights outdoor winter activities if Mother Nature cooperates a little more and provides some white stuff.

Birding at Royal Botanical Gardens

Birding in 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.

Burlington Performing Arts Centre Aerial - Blimp Pics

Arts and Culture

The world’s number one production of Abba is coming to Burlington. On Wed 9 and Thurs 10 at Burlington Performing Arts Centre Abbamania will be performing with Night Fever as the “Bee Gees”, and special guest “Cher” perform hits from the Mamma Mia movie. Buy your tickets online here.

We recently posted a blog about What’s On Stage in 2019 in Burlington so that you can plan to attend a number of great performances over the winter and spring.

Ongoing until January the 27 are two fantastic exhibits, Dancing on the Grave and Beautiful Scars: Mohawk Warriors, Hunters, and Chiefs at the Art Gallery of Burlington. Every Sunday from 1-4 pm engage in art and craft making at the free Open Studio. All are welcome to participate.



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