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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tourism New Year’s Resolutions

Okay so I admit, it is already the second week of January and I have procrastinated on creating a list of New Year’s resolutions.  In fact, I asked our staff team for some ideas since resolutions are not really my thing.  Don’t get me wrong, I have made lots of resolutions in my time, however I have not been so good at keeping them. Once we started on the resolution list, we found that there were so many great ideas that it will be a challenge to complete them all, but it sure will be lots of fun trying!  Have a look at ours and send us others we can add them to the list.

Tourism Resolutions
In 2012 I am going to be a tourist in my own hometown by encouraging friends and family to come visit Burlington to do the following activities:
  1. Try snowshoeing at Crawford Lake (Jan 6-Feb 25; 6:30-8:30 pm) – this is assuming that old man winter actually arrives in our neck of the woods!
  2. Visit at least 2 new restaurants during Taste of Burlington (Feb 20-March 11, 2012) – This is one of my favorites!
  3. Walkers Chocolates
  4. Learn more about the benefits of chocolate by taking the new self guided Burlington Chocolate Trail tour.  Then visit the RBG for Chocolate: The Exhibiton (Jan. 28- Apr. 15)
  5. Go to a performance at the new state of the art Burlington Performance Arts Centre.
  6. Visit the Tourism Visitor Information Centre – a hidden treasure of information about Burlington, surrounding area and Ontario with postcards and lots of Burlington and Canadian souvenirs.
  7. Shake up those creative juices by taking a course at the Burlington Art Centre.
  8. Check out all the Famous Burlingtonians on our Tourism Burlington site and send in a nominee.
  9. Bike, walk, jog or roll along the 23 km. of Waterfront Trail in Burlington.
  10. Stand at the compass on the waterfront promenade, face north and say something – you will hear your voice strangely amplified.  This is so cool!
  11. Try out the magnetic hill on King Rd. Be careful of other traffic and note all warnings indicated in link!
  12. Spencer Smith Park - waterfront
  13. Gaze at the stars in the summer sky during the star-gazing programs at the Waterfront.
  14. Learn about one of our first citizens and landowners in Burlington Captain Joseph Brant at the Joseph Brant Museum.
  15. Join 3,000 others and run in the Santa 5k this December.
  16. Try tubing at Glen Eden Ski and Snowboard Centre.
  17. Take a wagon ride out to the sugar bush and see Maple Syrup being made.  (offered at both Bronte Creek or Mountsberg Conservation Area).
  18. Watch the sunrise over LaSalle Park Marina.
  19. Golf at one or more of the great golf courses in the city.
  20. Walk the Iroquoia portion of the Bruce Trail that runs through Burlington.
  21. Watch salmon run at Lowville Park.
  22. Go bird watching for Bald Eagles at the RBG, Trumpeter Swans along the waterfront or the endangered Eastern Loggerhead Shrike breeding program at Mountsberg. 
  23. Take a self guided walking tour of historic Burlington. 
  24. BTTB @ Sound of Music Festival
  25. Attend local special events, here are some ideas but check out events calendar for many more suggestions: Winter Carnival, Women’s Show, Easter Eggstravangza, Youth Fest, Kite Festival, Doors Open, Art and Craft Festival, Sound of Music Festival, Canada Day, Country and Blues BBQ, Celebrate the Brant Inn, Zimsculpt, Joseph Brant Day, Lakeside a la Carte, Children’s Festival, Canada’s Largest Ribfest, British Car Rally, Fall into Nature, Art in Action Studio Tour, Wearable Art, Soup Bowl and Christmas Sale, Doorways to the Holidays, Christmas Parade, Festival of Lights, Santa Run, New Year’s Eve and Day.  Wow are you going to be busy! Also consider volunteering for one or several of these great events.
  26. Take a scenic drive or day trip in Burlington.  (Here are some ideas to get you motivated.)
  27. Enjoy some night life at a local club for comedy, music and dance.
  28. Try geocaching (a type of scavenger hunt) at the RBG, Bronte Creek or Conservation Halton.
  29. Burlington Mall Farmers Market
  30. Visit one of the local farmers markets or on farm markets in season.
  31. Treat myself to a spa treatment at one of Burlington’s many fabulous spas.
  32. Catch a trophy salmon, lake trout or steelhead on Lake Ontario.
  33. Enjoy a day (or two) at Burlington’s best kept secret Beachway Park.
  34. Listen to the Burlington Teen Tour Band in concert, Canada’s Musical Ambassadors.

We probably could have given you 30 more ideas, but we want you to keep your resolutions and hope you find time to do many of these throughout the year. 

Enjoy all that Burlington has to offer and be a tourist in your hometown.

P.S. Don’t forget to invite your family and friends to join you by sending them an epostcard. 

P.S.S. Send us your pictures of doing a resolution and you could be featured on a postcard or included in future blogs or on our website! 


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