Make Winter Extraordinary – Discover Burlington
Burlington is a city that offers great experiences for residents and visitors alike, and winter is no exception. Despite snow and cooler temperatures, we are a community that enjoys bundling up and enjoying the great outdoors.
As Canadians, skating is a popular winter activity in Burlington. Rotary Centennial Pond offers free recreational ice skating. The rink is located downtown in the west end of Spencer Smith Park, right beside Lake Ontario, offering breathtaking views. Please call the Ice Conditions Hotline at 905-634-7263 for up to date ice conditions and weather related closures. Admission is free.
A new initiative created by the City of Burlington that I am particularly excited about this season is the neighbourhood rink program. Sixteen parks will feature neighbourhood rinks for the 2015-16 winter season, once the colder weather arrives. Thanks to neighbourhood groups who came together to create and look after a rink in their local park. Locations include: Brant Hills Park (2 rinks), Central Park, Ireland Park, LaSalle Park, Nelson Park, Orchard Park (2 rinks), Tansley Woods Park, Champlain Park, Emerson Park, Fairchild Park, Glen Afton Park, Optimist Park, Palladium Park, Sinclair Park, Skyway Park and Sheraton Park. Admission is free. Information about the City of Burlington’s neighbourhood rink program, including a map, can be found online here.
Another popular winter pastime in Burlington is walking. My wife, Cheryl, and I try to get out for regular walks around our neighbourhood and on our local trails. This is a great way to enjoy our community, meet other walkers, as well as keep the holiday weight off. Did you know the City of Burlington clears snow from the multi-use pathways in north and south Burlington, including the hydro trail corridor, the centennial pathway and the waterfront trail, to ensure our residents and visitors can stay active? Of course, sidewalks are also cleared from snow by our great staff. Visit the snow removal page for timely snow clearing updates.
Other popular outdoor attractions in Burlington are Mountsberg Conservation Area where you can enjoy the multi-use trails, visit with birds of prey or take a horse drawn wagon ride on weekends. Royal Botanical Gardens with its scenic trails, abundant wildlife and guided nature walks every Sunday from 2-3:30pm and Bronte Creek Provincial Park which boasts an outdoor skating rink, cross country skiing and tobogganing.
When the temperature dips down, there is also plenty to do indoors in our city.
Why not take in the galleries and exhibits at Joseph Brant Museum, explore the Art Gallery of Burlington which features both visiting exhibitions and a permanent collection or visit one of the Burlington Public Library branches across our city?
Looking to be entertained? The performing arts can be enjoyed at a number of locations, such as the Burlington Performing Arts Centre and Drury Lane Theatre. More information on arts, heritage and culture events can be found on the City’s of Burlington’s Arts & Culture webpage.
Our swimming pools, arenas and recreation centres have a wide selection of registered programs and drop-in activities from which to choose. Visit our website to learn more.
I look forward to seeing you during this extraordinary winter season in Burlington, Ontario.
Guest Writer, Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring
Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring is currently in his second term as mayor of this great city. Prior to that, he served as the Councillor for Ward 5. Mayor Goldring is a lifelong Burlington resident and takes great pride serving the city.