Burlington is a lively city set between shimmering Lake Ontario and the rugged Niagara Escarpment. It cradles a flourishing local arts scene, with a handful of galleries, studios and exhibition spaces. Just outside the city you can tour working farms, explore provincial parks and visit the mighty Niagara Falls.
Things to do in Burlington
Stroll through the Royal Botanical Gardens on almost 30 kilometres of scenic nature trails, then explore balmy greenhouses, flower-filled gardens and an English-inspired arboretum. Don't miss the Centennial Rose Garden, where you can admire the ultra-hardy Canadian Shield, created to celebrate the country's 150th anniversary.
Burlington is 45 minutes from Niagara Falls, one of the world’s most iconic natural wonders. You can stroll along the cliffside park promenade or head up Skylon Tower for panoramic views of the falls. Boat cruises offer a unique chance to get up close with the thundering waterfall.
The Art Gallery of Burlington celebrates culture, creativity and local communities with a heightened focus on Contemporary Canadian ceramic art. The impressive collection features over 2,300 works from across the country, ranging from larger-than-life sculptural installations to delicate miniatures.
Venture out the city to discover rural Ontario, where you'll find rolling countryside, picturesque horse farms and roadside farmers markets. Get lost in the giant corn maze at Stonehaven Farm Market, then enjoy a wagon ride and stock up on homemade preserves at Springridge Farms.
Getting around Burlington
Downtown Burlington is easy to get around on foot, while local buses and taxis are also available. A rental car is best for exploring Greater Toronto. Burlington is a one-hour drive from downtown Toronto and 45 minutes from Niagara Falls.