With schools remaining closed, it has left many families struggling with things to keep the kids occupied while minimizing close contact with others in the community (social distancing). With many of the local attractions, events and recreational facilities closed to help contain the spread of this virus, outdoor activities are an option to consider.
Message from Mayor Marianne Meed Ward – Burlington Declares State of Emergency.
Can I still go for a Walk with my family?
Yes, you can still go for a walk or bike ride and get outside to stay active and get some fresh air, as long as you are doing so with the people from within your own household. As far as other family, friends and neighbours go: no play-dates, no baseball games, no dinner parties or poker nights even with close friends, and no pick-up games of hockey in the street. If you encounter others while out for a walk, employ social distancing techniques and maintain at least a 6-ft distance from everyone except those in your own household and/or immediate family. These steps are critical in minimizing the spread of COVID-19, especially by those with mild or minimal symptoms. Ensure children stay off public playground equipment as it is not disinfected, and we know this virus can live on surfaces for up to 2 days. If you are sick or have been advised to self-isolate due to recent travel, stay home until you are fully recovered or have passed the 14-day self-isolation period with no symptoms. Refer to City website for more information on Coronavirus (COVID-19).
30/60 Home Play Challenge
The City parks and facilities may be closed, but you can still have fun and be active with your family in your home. The 30/60 Home Play Challenge has been launched and is available at Goosechase.com. Create a login, search for the challenge and start playing. Questions can be directed to Recreation Services.
Take a Hike
Hiking is a wonderful way to get some exercise while relieving stress. With so many great places to hike in Burlington we are spoiled for choice. Stroll along the Waterfront Trail while taking in the spectacular views. The portion of the trail along Spencer Smith park goes to the lift bridge and is paved so it is perfect for strollers, roller blades and bikes. Don’t miss walking out on the Brant St. Pier.
NOTE: Conservation Halton parks, Bronte Creek Provincial Park and Lowville Park have been closed due to overcrowding and playgrounds and sports fields at city parks have been closed to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Art in the City – Public Art Tour
Art and the City is a self-guided downtown public art walking tour. It is available online and accessible from any mobile device. The free web app offers a new way to explore Burlington’s downtown points of interest and learn about public art in the process. The web-based map works across all platforms and allows residents and visitors to tour highlights from the public art collection using any internet-enabled smartphone or tablet. Art and the City is also available in PDF format to download, save and print. You can do this tour any day or time from the comfort of your own home. Note that most points of interest along the tour routes are closed.
Step Back in Time – Historical Self Guided Walking Tours
Stroll the historical streets of the downtown area to discover some of the first homes built in Burlington, dating back to the late 1800’s. Download copies of the walking tour brochures so you can take a self guided walk of the area at your leisure.
- Walking Tours of Heritage Burlington – Art Gallery of Burlington Neighbourhood Tour Heritage Walking Tour
- Walking Tours of Heritage Burlington – Downtown Burlington Tour Heritage Downtown Walking Tour
Burlington is for the Birds!
Bird watching is the fastest growing hobby in the world. It’s one of the few activities people can do more of as they get older, it is inexpensive and available to everyone. The beauty of birding is that an amateur has just as good a chance at making that rare bird sighting as a professional and it’s a great way to get kids interested in nature. To get you started here are some great tips for beginner bird watchers. The western end of Lake Ontario (Cootes to Escarpment Park System) which includes Burlington, offers a variety of habitats enabling birders to see over 300 bird species. Check out our birding page for Prime Birding Locations however some locations such as RBG, Lowville Park, Bronte Creek Park and Conservation Areas are closed.
Allow these are challenging circumstances, try to enjoy this time with your immediate family and with the warmer weather arriving, get outdoors during this extended break.
If the weather does not permit outdoor activities remember that many of the local library services are available online.