From our experience greeting visitors and supporting residents with visiting friends and family we have compiled a list of Burlington Visitor FAQ (frequently asked questions) to help you plan your trip to our city. If your question is not on this list contact us and our friendly travel counsellors will be happy to assist you.
For information regarding visas and entry requirements for Canada, contact Immigration Canada at 1.888.242.2100 (in Canada). Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is a Canadian visa entry requirement for travellers from countries that in the past did not need a visa for entry (US citizens excluded). This requirement came into effect March 16, 2016. Basic information and What You Need to Know. From outside Canada, please contact the nearest Canadian Embassy, High Commission, or consulate in your region.
We recommend that you use Canadian currency when travelling in Canada. Visitors can exchange currency at Canadian chartered banks, trust companies, credit unions, or at offices of foreign exchange brokers, but it is advised to have local currency on hand prior to arriving.
If you are visiting Ontario for less than 3 months and want to drive while you’re here, you can use a valid driver’s licence from your own province, state or country.
Buses visiting our visitor centre can unload passengers in the commercial loading zone on the east side of Locust St. across from our building. Once unloaded we will redirect drivers to parking spaces close by.
There are no RV/Bus parking spots at the waterfront, however you may be able to park at the Art Gallery of Burlington off Elgin Street – parking fees apply.
The City of Burlington offers “temporary on-street parking” as a short-term solution to residents who may have parking needs that can not be fulfilled in their garage or on their driveway.
City Hall has a parking office on the main floor that is open Monday to Friday 8:30 am-4:30 pm. You can also pay tickets online or by phone.
Speeding Tickets have to be paid at the Provincial Offenses Courthouse, 4085 Palladium Way,Burlington, ON L7M 2A6 905.637.4125
The Burlington CAA is located on 3480 Fairview St. between Walkers and Guelph Line, 905.632.6772.
The following hotels collected a voluntary Destination Marketing fee from 2007-2010 and work together with Tourism Burlington to increase visitation to the city’ Thanks to the BHA for their support of our Tourism Awards and Tourism Ambassador program.
- The Comfort Inn,
- Hilton Garden Inn
- Homewood Suites by Hilton
- Best Western PLUS Hotel and Suites
- Waterfront Hotel Downtown Burlington
- Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel and Conference Centre
You can find frequently updated information on housing and rentals:
- Friday’s Burlington Post has a large housing section.
- The Halton Region provides social housing services.
- For homes for sale and some rentals visit www.mls.ca
- For student or short term housing you can try the local university/college housing websites through Oakville Affordable Accommodations or McMaster University.
- You can also try more general sites such as www.capreit.com or www.rentershotline.ca, and other property search/property management sites.
- Nelson Pool which is located on New Street, East of Walkers Line.
- LaSalle Park which has a wading pool and splash area (located at the West end of North Shore Blvd.)
- Mountainside Pool on Mount Forest Drive. – Pool & Splash pad
- Bronte Creek Provincial Park– Large “lake style” pool (1 acre), additional cost to use pool in addition to park entrance fees (per car).
- Kelso Conservation Area – Large sandy beach, 50 acre lake.
- Dofasco Waterjet Plaza located at Discovery Landing in Spencer Smith Park. – Splash Pad
- Norton Community Park – 3040 Tim Dobbie Drive, Burlington (905-335-7738) – Splash pad
- Millcroft Park – 4250 Millcroft Park Drive
- Orchard Park – 2255 Sutton Drive, Burlington
- Pinemeadow Park – 3171 Pinemeadow Road, Burlington
- Hidden Valley – 1137 Hidden Valley Road, Burlington – Splash pad
Also refer to Water Sports page.
- Burlington Beach Rentals – 1094 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington 1.287.337.0808 (also have Stand Up Paddleboards and Sunbrellas for rent)
- Beach Marine – Canoes/Kayaks – 1127 Beach Blvd., 905.545.4745 (Hamilton)
- Kelso Conservation Area – Kayaks/Paddleboats/Sailboards, 905.878.5011 (Milton)
See also Water Sports
Opportunities to fish are plentiful in Burlington. Find out more @ fishing.
Canada’s Musical Ambassadors the Burlington Teen Tour Band can be contacted as follows:
The Burlington Performing Arts Centre offers a variety of performances, events and activities for residents and visitors to enjoy. Check out their calendar of events.
Burlington is a great place to cycle and enjoy the waterfront, escarpment and everything in-between. Visit our cycling page for further information about rentals, routes, bike repair shops, welcome cyclist locations etc. The Visitor Information Centre at 414 Locust St. is a cycle friendly facility, we have bike racks both outside the centre and in the parking garage, a water refill station, a bicycle repair kit and public washrooms. We do not have bicycles for rent at the Visitor Centre.
Visit the pet friendly page for information about travelling and visiting with your four-legged friends.