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Give Gift of #BurlON Experiences 2020

by Pam Belgrade

NOTE:  Due to COVID some of these experiences may not be currently available.  Check individual websites for details.

Gift cards are a very popular item under the tree these days as it enables the person on your list to choose something for themselves after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  This year give a gift card that provides a memorable experience.  It could be something that you know your loved one already enjoys or something new for them to try.  Do you have a creative person on your list?  What about an outdoor enthusiast, gardener or a teenager who loves to do crazy things and post photos?  Many of our local attractions sell memberships, passes and certificates that make the perfect gift. Give Gift of #BurlON Experiences this holiday season.

All About Arts

Open Studio at Art Gallery

Art Gallery of Burlington – A gift of a membership to the gallery will enable your recipient to enjoy a reduction on art classes and events throughout the year and may spark a new hobby.  I have taken several courses at AGB and have made new friends and created some beautiful gifts.  Tourism Burlington frequently gives gift certificates from the Gallery shop and they are always a hit.  The shop features hand crafted unique Canadian art.  (Check out our holiday gift guide coming soon for more ideas.)

Nutrcracker- Burlington Performing Arts Centre

Burlington Performing Arts Centre – There are fabulous performances happening at the Centre so even those hard to please people on your list will find an experience that will inspire them.  There are comedy acts, music, children’s performers, theatre and dance all hosted in a beautiful venue.  You can give a gift certificate or purchase a membership that provides added benefits all during the year.

Get Out There!

Bronte Creek Provincial Park  – Here’s a gift idea for that friend who loves fresh air and the great outdoors.  You can provide them with unlimited daily vehicle access to all Ontario Parks including Bronte Creek Provincial Park by purchasing a winter or summer permit.  Depending on the season, they can hike, cross country ski, disc golf, toboggan, visit the children’s farm and animals, explore the turn of the century Spruce Lane Farm house, swim in one of the largest outdoor pools in Canada, and participate in special events such as the popular Maple Syrup festival.

Glen Eden - Tim SerneelsConservation Halton – Check out Conservation Halton’s website for some wonderful ideas that will fit every budget.  They offer individual and family memberships to their 7 parks where you can explore nature and take in numerous events.  For the adrenaline junkies pick up passes for Glen Eden Ski & Snowboard Centre.

couple ice skates close up

City of Burlington – Gift of Play -As you go about your holiday shopping, remember you can always give the gift of play to that special someone in your life. Holiday gift cards are available at designated community centres and can be used for any of the City of Burlington recreation programs, drop-in programs and memberships. Tyandaga Golf Course also has gift cards for sale that can be used at the pro shop, for membership or lessons.

Love to Learn?

Child playing with exhibit at Discovery Gallery in Joseph Brant Museum

Museums of Burlington – Step back in time and explore Burlington’s historic past with a membership to Museums of Burlington.  With the Joseph Brant Museum now reopened after an extensive expansion it is the perfect time to visit and see the amazing new exhibits celebrating local heritage.  Ireland House is a fascinating example of farm life in Canada featuring three time periods in history.  Did you know that most of the furnishings are original to the home and the knowledgeable tour guides have many stories to tell about the Ireland family?  Museum membership is a great value and provides annual admission to the museums plus other perks such as discounts on events and their gift shops.

Ireland House is offering Private Heritage workshops for your bubble. 4-6 people max. All supplies plus a tour of the historic Ireland House home is included. Holiday baking, Soup and stews, food preservation and baking bread.  Check here for more details.

Royal Botanical Gardens – If you haven’t visited the RBG lately now is the time to rediscover it.  Provide a gift of membership and your recipient will not only enjoy the lovely gardens (many of which have been rejuvenated over the past few years) plus they can attend discounted events throughout the year in this beautiful setting.  Of course you can always purchase gift cards for the gift shop – where I always pick up something for holiday hostesses and great books as stocking stuffers!

Risky Business

Man Bowling at Burlington BowlFor the young or young at heart there are lots of challenging activities that you can do to get your adrenaline pumping and gift certificates would make great stocking stuffers.

Remember these ideas for other special occasions throughout the year.

Tasty Culinary Experiences

Chef Derek providing instructions to class at Paradiso cooking studio

Have a food lover in your group?  Paradiso Restaurant located in the quaint downtown Village Square, offers a cooking studio with demonstrations and hands on approach where you prepare a meal under the guidance of their chefs.  I have done these classes several times and it a fun and tasty experience!  The LCBO on Appleby offers a full range of demonstrations from BBQ to Indian food. These classes are taught by award winning chefs from Burlington and beyond. There are also wine classes offered for anyone who would like to learn more about the wide variety of wines available.   NOTE:  These classes fill up quickly.  Denningers located at the Burlington Centre offers various Taste of Denningers experiences from cheese, wine and chocolate to making holiday cheese boards – sounds like delicious fun!

These are just a few ideas for giving amazing experiences to family and friends.  For more information on Burlington things to See & Do, Dine, Shop or Stay refer to our website or contact us


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