Summertime in North Burlington
Did you know that more than half of Burlington is in the Greenbelt? This is one of the best features of our community and a summertime visit – or a staycation – in Burlington would not be complete without a tour through north Burlington.
Lowville Park, maintained by the City of Burlington, is worth a visit. Located in Lowville, the scenic, large park has picnic areas, a playground, a creek and nature trails, as well as a baseball diamond. It’s a good location to gather with family for a special occasion or stop and sit by the creek and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. Be sure to return in the winter for tobogganing on one of the best hills in the city.
Conservation Halton operates several parks in north Burlington and in neighbouring Milton, including Mount Nemo, Crawford Lake, Mountsberg, Kelso, Rattlesnake Point, Hilton Falls and Robert Edmonson. Each site offers a number of recreational features and programs, allowing residents and visitors alike the opportunity to connect with nature.
There are a numerous farms you can stop at in north Burlington and surrounding area offering fresh produce, from strawberries and raspberries to corn and peas. It is easy to find local produce, which tastes particularly great this time of year, and supports area farmers.
Hutchinson Farm on Walker’s Line in north Burlington offers a wide variety of local produce. They can also be found at the Burlington Mall Farmers’ Market which is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday into October.
Springridge Farm, situated just outside Burlington northeast of Appleby Line and Derry Road in Milton, is a popular stop for people of all ages, including cyclists, with its baked goods, farm produce and large children’s play area.
Speaking of cycling, north Burlington is a prime destination for cycle tourism. Local and visiting cyclists alike enjoy taking in the rolling landscapes, picturesque countryside and quiet side roads. Cycling maps are available online.
North Burlington also has a number of horse farms that are open to the public. Many offer riding lessons and group bookings, giving your family and guests a good opportunity to bond while enjoying the scenery.
If you venture a little further south, there are other prime destinations in our city to enjoy this summer.
Ireland House Museum is located on Guelph Line, just north of Upper Middle Road. Ireland House at Oakridge Farm was built in 1837 and is one of Burlington’s oldest heritage homes. This was the home of Joseph Ireland, who was among the first settlers in Burlington. Many of house’s original furnishings owned by the subsequent generations of the Ireland family are on display. The site, which has programs and events, also features four acres of woodland, gardens and picnic areas, perfect for a family day out.
Bronte Creek Provincial Park is a large natural area situated just north of the 403 at Burloak Drive that offers year-round activities. Families rave about the 1.8 acre outdoor pool (one of the largest outdoor pools in Canada) and farmyard. There are also five walking trails, picnic spots and camping sites, among other amenities.
Burlington also has numerous golf courses north of Highway 403. The City of Burlington operates Tyandaga Golf Course, an 18-hole course southwest of Brant Street and Upper Middle Road. Tyandaga offers the convenience of an urban golf course with the atmosphere of a rural setting, with affordable green fees starting at $15 for nine holes. Junior green fees start at $10. There are also numerous other golf courses across the city offering spectacular views and great golf.
All that fresh air and exercise is likely to make you hungry. Be sure to try one of Burlington’s many restaurants. The summer edition of Taste of Burlington runs from mid-July to the end of the month, with prix-fixe lunch and/or dinner options at 23 of Burlington’s finest restaurants.
Whether you are a visitor to our great city, or a resident looking for summer fun close to home, enjoy your summer in beautiful 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. Keep up with Mayor Goldring on Twitter, on Facebook, on Instagram and on his blog. You can also connect with Mayor Goldring by phone at 905-335-7607 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.