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Burlington (Ontario)

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Introduction

Nestled on the shore of beautiful Lake Ontario in the shadow of the Niagara Escarpment, Burlington offers everything for that perfect get-away. The beautiful waterfront features something to do year round; dining, water play, skating and model boating. Enjoy unique shopping, exquisite dining, the world-renowned Royal Botanical Gardens, museums, art galleries, golf courses, scenic hiking and biking trails and lively festivals such as Sound of Music and Canada’s Largest Ribfest. Burlington is located only 45 minutes from Toronto and Niagara Falls.

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Sights and Activities

Winter is an exhilarating time of the year with something for everyone. Bring the family out for a day of downhill skiing and snowboarding on the 12 slopes at Glen Eden Ski Centre, hike, trek or stroll the Bruce Trail, Canada’s oldest footpath with over 1200 km of nature to be explored, lace up the skates at an indoor or outdoor skating rink.

Art, culture, and heritage exhibits are showcased in our year-round museums preserving Burlington’s long history. Stroll the downtown historical streets and discover the first homes built in Burlington dating back to the late 1800’s. Outdoor adventurers eagerly challenge themselves on the Bruce Trail by scaling an escarpment wall or cycling scenic rural or city routes. For a more leisurely pace, window shop in Burlington’s quaint boutiques or get pampered in a spa. Explore, discover and enjoy beautiful Burlington.

For more information about sites, have a look at the following links:

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Events and Festivals

Nature’s bounty comes to life in the spring during the Maple Syrup festival at Bronte Creek Provincial Park while effervescent lilacs, daffodils and 100,000 tulips bloom at the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG).

The summer’s Sound of Music Festival brings together an invigorating mix of acclaimed Canadian performers and emerging talent with crowd-pleasing outdoor venues that include bistro patios and waterfront stages.

The splendor of conservation areas is on display during the autumn with crisp, cool hikes amidst brilliant colours and harvest festivals.

Celebrate the season during the winter carnival or sip hot chocolate as you walk through the Festival of Lights in Spencer Smith Park.

For a detailed guide check the Burlington Events Calendar.
Otherwise have a look at the following sites:

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Getting There

By Plane

The John C Munro International Airport in Hamilton and Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International Airport are conveniently located within a short driving distance from Burlington. Niagara Falls NY, and Buffalo NY International Airports are located about an hours drive away.

By Train

Amtrak and VIA Rail trains all arrive at Aldershot Station in Burlington's west end, while The Go Train arrives regularly from Toronto to one of three stations located throughout Burlington

By Car

Burlington is located off of the QEW (Highway 403 & 407) between Toronto and Hamilton.

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Eat

Burlington has over 200 restaurants which offer a variety of dining experiences featuring ethnic and Canadian cuisine, many in picturesque settings. Burlington boasts several award winning establishments and is fast becoming a dining destination in southern Ontario. With both casual and fine dining available, you are bound to find several favourites that will excite your palate. In fair weather many restaurants have decks, some overlooking the lake, rooftop patios and outdoor seating so you can enjoy your meal alfresco.

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Entertainment

Lively Downtown Burlington features numerous festivals throughout the year and is a great evening destination for musical entertainment and dancing at various restaurants and bars.

With a passion for the arts, Burlington has a number of local theatre groups, dance companies and music performers.

Movie buffs can enjoy their favorite flick on the big screen at various theatres around the city including the newly opened Silver City which features games, lounge, club rooms, bowling, pool tables and much more.

Further uptown, Burlington is the centre for comedy clubs and nightclubs where it is always party time!

For those looking for the excitement of live horse racing and the chance to try your luck at the slots, Mohawk Raceway and Flamboro Downs are just minutes away.

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Sleep

From hotel suites to charming B&Bs, the Burlington area has over 2,000 guestrooms with a lodging option to suit every taste and budget. Brand-name hotel rooms along the city’s beautiful waterfront put you within steps of the downtown or choose any one of the highway properties for quick transport access. For a personal touch, quaint and historic B&B's provide a welcoming experience and hearty breakfasts. Outdoor enthusiasts looking for a great Ontario nature experience will appreciate the selection of regional campsites with amenities that range from cozy to solitude.

Green Keys Program
The Hotel Association of Canada's (HAC) Green Key Eco-Rating Program is a graduated rating system designed to recognize hotels, motels, and resorts that are committed to improving their fiscal and environmental performance.

Based on the results of a comprehensive environmental audit, hoteliers are awarded a 1-5 Green Key rating and given guidance on how to "unlock" opportunities to reduce operating costs and environmental impacts through reduced utility consumption, employee training, and supply chain management.

The following Burlington Hotels have obtained Green key ratings

  • Travelodge by the Lake – 3 keys
  • Comfort Inn – 3 keys
  • Holiday Inn – 2 keys
  • Motel 6 – 4 keys
  • Quality – 3 keys

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet usage is wide-spread in Canada. Wi-fi is available in many locations in larger cities, sometimes free and sometimes at a cost. You will find Wi-Fi in coffee stores, some restaurants and also hotels and motels more and more offer this service for free, but with a code usually. Internet cafes are common along major streets, and and in larger cities, charge between $3 and $4 for an hour, usually in 20-minute increments.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Canada is: 1. To make an international call from Canada, the code is: 011. Emergency services can be reached by dialling 911. This number will give you free access to Police, Fire and Ambulance services and can be used from landlines, phone booths and cell phones.

The populous areas of Canada along the border with the USA have excellent cellular and wired telecommunications, meaning that travellers are never fair from an international phone call home, a WIFI connection or an internet cafe. Depending on the mobile phone provider, coverage could be either CDMA and GSM coverage. Travellers wishing to purchase SIM cards for GSM phones should look for Rogers Wireless, Telus Mobility and Bell Mobility, which all offer nationwide availability.

Post

Postal service is provided by Canada Post, a crown corporation owned by the government but run as an independent business. Most post offices keep hours from 9:00am to 5:00pm though in bigger places longer hourse might be available.

To format the envelope of a letter sent within Canada, put the destination address on the centre of its envelope, with a stamp, postal indicia, meter label, or frank mark on the top-right corner of the envelope to acknowledge payment of postage. A return address, although it is not required, can be put on the top-left corner of the envelope in smaller type than the destination address.

The lettermail service allows the mailing of a letter. The basic rate is currently set at $0.63 for one standard letter (30 grams or less). The rates for lettermail are based or weight and size and determine whether the article falls into the aforementioned standard format, or in the oversize one. The rate is the same for a postcard. Mail sent internationally is known as letterpost. It can only contain paper documents. The rate for a standard letter is of $1.10 if sent to the United States, and $1.85 if sent to any other destination. Oversize or overweight letters may be charged a higher fee. Larger parcels can be shipped via Canada post both domestically and internationally, the rate is dependent on the weight and destination. [1]

Federal Express, TNT, UPS or DHL also provide interntional shipping from Canada and are usually very quick and reliable though might cost a little more compared to Canada Post.

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