Burlington is a progressive city with a small-town feel located in Halton Region at the heart of Southern Ontario. It’s unique location between Toronto and Hamilton has it regularly grouped in with both the Hamilton-Niagara region and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
The city also offers easy access to nature, with the shores of Lake Ontario to the south and the cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, to the northwest. The Brant Street Pier is a signature attraction located at the waterfront of Downtown Burlington in Spencer Smith Park.
The City of Burlington has placed an emphasis on sustainability, healthy living, and inclusivity with accessible public buildings and services, a Cultural Action Plan, a Burlington Community Engagement Charter, and more. In 2019, Burlington was ranked by Maclean’s Magazine as Canada’s Best Community with its top features being amenities, low crime rate, and its culture and community. Today, 95% of Burlington residents rate their quality of life as good or excellent.
Burlington is home to award-winning restaurants, the Art Gallery of Burlington, the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, museums, community centres, and more. The city also hosts large outdoor, seasonal events such as Sound of Music, and Canada’s Largest Ribfest.
For those who prefer the outdoors, Burlington attracts hikers, bird watchers, and nature lovers to its Royal Botanical Garden, Bronte Creek Provincial Park, Mount Nemo Conservation Area, Spencer Smith Park, and sections of the Bruce Trail. More than half of the city is protected rural space and every resident lives within a 20-minute walk of a park or green space.
Travelling in and around the Burlington area is simple and residents can easily access surrounding areas in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). The city is bike-friendly, offers public transportation via buses operated by Burlington Transit, and has connections with GO Transit including three stations located within the city. Via Rail also operates a stop in the west end of the city.
For those with a vehicle, both the 407 highway and the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) run through the city. Located within a one-hour drive is the U.S. border as well as three international airports.
Burlington has developed from a quiet bedroom community to a savvy, vibrant waterfront city. With its proximity to the three largest cities in Ontario and its own booming economy, Burlington residents have the option to work in Burlington or commute.