Discover Burlington Ontario

#BurlON til Mar 20

by Guest Writer

It is officially the last week of winter! Hopefully for us here in #BurlON that means warmer weather and an end to the seemingly endless snow! Here are some of the fun things you can do this week in Burlington.

St Patricks Day green burlap background with paper shamrock border

St. Patrick’s Day

This Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day, and what better way to celebrate than visiting one (or more) of the amazing venues here in #BurlON. Enjoy a meal, some drinks, and live music at various restaurants and comedy club parties. Check online for a listing of venues and events and remember to arrange a DD or safe ride home.

Bronte Creek Provincial park maple festivalSweet Syrupy Treats

It’s officially my favourite time of the year – Maple Syrup season. It has begun to get a little bit warmer so it’s the perfect time to be outside to try some sugary, syrupy treats.

It’s Sweet Water Season at Crawford Lake Conservation Area. Weekends until April 7 and during March Break visit the reconstructed Iroquoian Village and learn about the origins of maple syrup and Indigenous People. Try tasting different types of syrup and see demonstrations of taffy being made on snow.

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.

Weekends in March as well as March Break plan a visit to Bronte Creek Provincial Park for the annual Maple Syrup Festival. Take a tour guided by interpreters costumed from 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.

Escarpmenet Train Exhibit RBGFun at the RBG

Back for the March Break is the RBG Escarpment Train Exhibit. From March 9 to 17 learn the story of how railroads shaped our history through three eras of locomotion.

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.

Enjoy the Outdoors

With these cold temps you can still hit the slopes at Glen Eden. Not much of a skiier? Try snowshoeing and learn about its origins at Crawford Lake.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.  The outdoor rink at Rotary Centennial Pond opening hours are day by day according to the weather so your best option is to call the hotline at 905. 335.7738 #8587 to check on ice conditions before you head out for a skate.

Arts and Culture

There is a variety of live performances on at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. From Fri 15 – Sun 17 is Ahuri Theatre: This is the Point, on Fri 15 is Gandini Juggling: Sigma, on Sat 16 is The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival, on Sun 17 is Jesse Cook, and on Tues 19 is A Musical Journey ‘REMEMBERING THE BRANT INN’.

Some interesting exhibits are on display at the Art Gallery of Burlington. 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. While at the gallery take a look at the exhibit Sanctuary: Chari Cohen, on display until April 21. 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.



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