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Cool off in Burlington

by Linda Cvetanovic

When I woke up this morning and stepped outside, I looked around for palm trees and the all you can eat buffet.  Okay that might be slight exaggeration, but it really did feel like I was on a tropical vacation with the summer heat. If you are looking for ways to cool off in Burlington, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Splashing good times

When the temperatures rise, kids will love visiting one of the many City of Burlington splash pads to cool off.  9 splash pads are located in parks throughout the city and some have wading pools as well.  If you want a little more that a splash, head to one of the outdoor or indoor pools for a swim.  You can view the locations and swim schedules online.  Also look for Tim Hortons Free Swims throughout July and August. It’s a fun and inexpensive way to beat the heat.

Dofasco waterjet area

Get Cool in the Pool

Pack a picnic lunch and head to Bronte Creek Provincial Park where you can enjoy the outdoors – lots of trees = lots of shade plus kids will love the children’s playbarn and farm animals.  Don’t forget your bathing suit if you want to cool off in the their 1.8 acre outdoor pool* (one of the largest in Ontario).
*additional fee for pool use

bronte creek pool

Beach Fun

Unfortunately Mother Nature has not been kind to our beach this year and it is temporarily closed due to high lake water levels. Not to worry you can still find our friends from Burlington Beach Rentals at Binbrook Conservation Area.  They provide SUP rentals and lessons SUP, kayak or paddle boat. Be sure to check their website for details on what is happening at the park.

The City of Burlington has closed the beach at Burlington Beach Regional Waterfront Park—the Beachway—until further notice due to high water levels. The closure includes all beach rentals and services. The closure takes place to protect public safety and will remain until the lake-level goes down. There is significant sand erosion and debris at the shoreline (June 2019).

More Beach Fun

If you head further North, you can find more beach fun at Kelso Conservation Area. The swimming area at the beach is supervised by a lifeguard and there is a nice sandy beach area for a game of volleyball or for kids to build sandcastles.  If you are looking for something more active to do at Kelso beach, consider renting a canoe, paddle boat, kayak or SUP – rentals rates available here.  Stay for the day and explore the trails and picnic areas or grab a snack at the beach concession stand.

Kelso Beach volleyball

Cool Treats

Sometimes all you need is a cool treat to beat the heat and we’ve rounded up some of the best places to do that here.  Plan to visit one of the many locations including Kelly’s Bake Shoppe, Lakeshore Coffee House, and Murphy’s Ice Cream Parlour.


Head indoors

Of course there is always one sure way to stay cool and that is to find an air-conditioned place to spend some time.  Might be suggest:

We hope everyone enjoys the summer weather because in a few short months ….

winter at spencer smith park


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