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7 Things to Love About Living in Burlington, Ontario

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Relocating for work is big decision – it helps to learn about your potential new home before you say yes to that job offer. Here’s a quick introduction to Burlington, where you’ll find our corporate headquarters, a close-knit community and a great family-friendly lifestyle.

We asked some WESCAM employees why they love living in “the Burl,” and here’s what they had to say:

It’s right on the lake. Whether you fancy a walk by the water or a sail around the bay, Lake Ontario makes Burlington a summertime playground. It has a marina with an active boating community, and a beautiful sandy beach with shallow water that is great for kids. “You can rent paddleboards and sunshades at Burlington Beach Rentals,” says Kristine Shaver, Digital Marketing Lead. “Plus, they have volleyball, morning yoga on the beach and other community activities.Burlington sunrise at Spencer Smith ParkPaddle Boarding

The festivals are fantastic. Burlington is a city that likes to celebrate, and there’s never a shortage of fun things to do. Sample local restaurants during Taste of Burlington, fly your own creation at the Kite Festival, entertain the small fry at the Children’s Festival, and have the quintessential Canadian experience at the many maple syrup events.

“The Sound of Music Festival and RibFest are two of Canada’s largest festivals, held on Father’s Day in June and Labour Day weekend in September,” says Brian Klodt, Bids and Proposals Manager.

Spencer Smith Park
Spencer Smith Park, located right on the waterfront, is the setting for Canada’s largest outdoor music festival, the Sound of Music.

Green space galore. Burlington has 115 parks totaling 580 hectares. The newly renovated Spencer Smith Park has a bike path along the shore, a great beach and a picturesque pier. If you like flowers, the Royal Botanical Gardens has them – 2,700 acres worth. You can go hiking along the Niagara Escarpment and local sections of the Bruce Trail, and camp with the family at Bronte Creek Provincial Park. And if you like to play golf, the area has dozens of great courses to choose from. Royal Botanical Gardens

So many things to do! “Burlington is a hop, skip and jump to so many places,” says Louise Sanderson, In-Service Account Coordinator. “It’s close to Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario wine country, skiing, antique markets, shopping outlets, you name it.”

It’s surrounded by interesting cities and towns. Hamilton, a quick 10-minute drive west, has a vibrant cultural scene driven by the artists and creative entrepreneurs who have flocked there after being priced out of Toronto. They have an Art Crawl the second Friday of every month, trendy restaurants, and relatively affordable homes. Milton, with its charming downtown and small-town feel, is a short drive to the north. Oakville, with its beautiful waterfront, and high-end neighbourhoods, is a few minutes east. If you’re in the mood for a Sunday drive, there are countless small towns and country roads to explore. “I love hopping in the car on the weekend to pick up fresh eggs and organic produce from a selection of nearby farms,” says Kristine Shaver. Here’s a site with ideas for local day trips.

It’s close to Toronto. If you crave the stimulation of the big city, it’s only a 40 minute drive, or a relaxing trip on GO Transit that takes approximately the same time. Take in a show, sample amazing restaurants, or visit Ripley’s Aquarium or the Art Gallery of Ontario. And for spouses looking for work, it’s the biggest job market in Canada. Many people commute on the GO – where new services are being added to accommodate the growth in the region.

For more information about Burlington, visit:

City of Burlington

Tourism Burlington

The Burlington Chamber of Commerce

Arts Burlington

Burlington Downtown

 

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