Tips

Here are some handy tips when travelling to Canada to be aware of:

Electricity

Outlets and voltage (110 volts) are the same as in the United States. Small appliances such as hair dryers, irons, razors, etc. can be used in Canada. For those from other countries, adapters are required for electrical appliances. The frequency of electrical current in Canada is 60 Hz.

Food & Beverages

An extensive variety of cuisine is available in Burlington including fine dining, casual and family friendly restaurants. In Ontario, alcohol can only be sold in retail establishments designated by the provincial government including Beer, LCBO and selected grocery stores. Minors under the age of 19 are not permitted to consume, sell or purchase alcohol.

Holidays

There are 10 statutory holidays and one civic holiday celebrated annually in Ontario. Generally, banks and some businesses remain closed. Theatres, restaurants, and corner grocery stores remain open for business as usual. In some tourist areas shops remain open.

Language

Canada has two official languages – English and French. English is the predominant language in Ontario.

Metric Measures & Metric Equivalents

Canada follows the International Metric System. Temperatures, rainfall measures, distance, weights, velocity are expressed in metric units. Distance is measured in kilometres.

Measurement Unit Approximate Equivalent
Length 1 kilometre 0.6 mile
1 mile 1.6 kilometre
Capacity 1 litre 1.06 US quart
1 US quart 0.95 litre
Weight 1 kilogram 2.2 pounds
1 pound 0.45 kilogram
Mileage Conversion 20 mph 30 km/h
30 mph 50 km/h
50 mph 80 km/h

Newspapers

Residents of Burlington stay informed through a variety of daily and weekly newspapers that service a wide range of cultural interests. The bi-weekly newspaper is the Burlington Post. Many residents also subscribe to the Hamilton Spectator a daily paper, which covers the Hamilton, Halton and Niagara areas. For local business information, the Globe and Mail and National Post provide national and international news on a daily basis.

Phones

There are a number of different telephone area codes for the province of Ontario. Dialing requires 10-digit phone numbers, so ensure you include the correct area code in front of the local number you are dialing.

Local vs. Long Distance

  • A recorded message will play if you have dialed a long distance number and will provide redialing instructions.
  • Phone calls to some areas of Hamilton, Toronto and Niagara are long distance, but most businesses have either toll-free or local-call numbers.

Direct Dial

  • If you’re calling from within Canada or the United States, direct dialing is: 1.areacode.phone.number (e.g. 1.905.634.5594).
  • If you’re calling from outside North America, you can dial directly to Ontario numbers. Simply use the international access code 00 if you’re calling from countries in Europe and 0011 if you’re calling from Australia. Then dial our country code 1, the area code and the number. (e.g. 00.1.905.634.5594).

Directories

You can find the phone numbers of most residents and businesses (as well as see a map of their location) in Burlington by using the following sites: Yellow Pages – Super Pages OR Canada 411

Cell Phone Use & Driving

Ontario law prohibits the use of cell phones and other hand held devices while driving.  Hands-free use is permitted.

Smoking Laws

Smoking is not permitted by law in public buildings, on public transit, in shopping malls, and in restaurants, patios, pubs, nightclubs and casinos. Please smoke in designated areas only.

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act prohibits smoking or having lighted tobacco in a motor vehicle while a person under 16 year old is present.  For more information, contact your Public Health Unit or call the INFOline toll-free at 1-866-396-1760 or smoke free website.

Time Zone

Ontario is in the Eastern Standard Time Zone. Daylight Savings Time is in effect from 0200hr on the second Sunday in March until 0200hr on the first Sunday in November.

Tipping

Some properties and hotels include tips or gratuities for tour groups to simplify bookkeeping. This will usually include gratuities for housekeeping, bell service and food service. If meals are included in the price, customary gratuity will be calculated at 15 per cent.

Video/DVD Systems

In Canada, the NTSC-system is used for television broadcasts. This system is not compatible with the PAL and SECAM systems used in Europe and several other countries. If you purchase a video cassette/DVD in Canada, ensure it is recorded in the appropriate system for your home country.

What to Wear

In Burlington we enjoy all four seasons and smart casual clothes will see you through most situations. Refer to the Weather Channel for the current forecast.

Summer

Burlington enjoys warm, summers. June to August daytime high temperatures range from 24-27º Celsius (75-80º F). Evenings, can be cool especially by the lake, so it’s best to pack a light jacket and sweater.

Fall

Autumn can often be mild with summer-like weather often stretching into September. Usually by October, the air turns crisp and leaves start to fall. Bring warm, waterproof clothing if visiting at this time of year and expect to see some spectacular fall foliage!

Winter

Our winters can be cold and fairly wet with snowfall from November to March, temperatures average from -1º to -10º Celsius(30 to – 14ºF). To stay cozy and dry, you’ll need winter apparel. Waterproof footwear is always a good idea.

Spring

Spring arrives in April when you’ll see early crocuses and daffodils popping up, followed by lots of spring blossoms. Pack lighter clothing along with a warm spring jacket, or sweaters and an umbrella for the spring showers.

Burlington Temperatures (in Celsius)

Weather

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Maximum

-2

-1

4

12

18

24

27

26

21

14

7

0

Minimum

-10

-10

-4

1

6

11

14

13

9

4

0

-6

Mean

-6

-5

0

6

12

17

21

20

15

9

3

-3

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