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Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Burlington - what we are thankful for
It seems like just
yesterday that summer ended and we bid adieu to our student travel counselors
but now I look at the calendar and realize that Thanksgiving is just around the
corner. By the nature of the name of Thanksgiving
you know what to expect and I am no different, taking some time to reflect and
be grateful for all that I have both in a physical and emotional sense. And while I am thankful for the obvious
things (health, family, friends…) I am also aware that there is a lot we can be
thankful for living in a country like Canada and in the city of Burlington.
Here are some of the
things we at Tourism Burlington
are thankful for (in no particular order)
photo courtesy Dan Banko
Our walkable downtown - There are not a
great deal of cities that boast such a beautiful and vibrant downtown and while
that might seem somewhat trivial, I think it is one of the most appealing
things about our city. Our downtown is ripe with amazing eateries, one
of a kind boutiques and shops, and plays host to many events throughout the
Our fabulous Performing Arts Centre – In only its
second season the Burlington Performing Arts
Centre has already had over 30,000 people come through its doors to
experience a wide range of music, dance and theatre. The upcoming year will be no exception with a
terrific line-up of performers and new programming such as the “Classically
Yours…” and Theatre series that will engage and entice visitors both new and
Our sports community – Burlington is home
to an active sporting
community at all levels of sport.Our city is host to hundreds of tournaments, runs and competitions
throughout the year including the annual Santa 5k, Shoe hockey tournament,
Spring Cup Gymnastics Invitational and more.
Our festivals and events – with Lake
Ontario as a backdrop, Spencer Smith Park is home to many events such as the
ever popular Sound of Music Festival and Ribfest but it doesn’t end there,
Burlington has great events throughout the year. You can explore fall colours at Fall in Nature, welcome Santa at the Holiday Parade, stroll through the
gardens during the spring bloom celebratons at the Royal Botanical Gardens and during the summer
there are always lots of events to choose from.
We would also be remiss if we didn’t thank all the hard-working
volunteers that make these festivals and events happen.
Our great outdoors – Burlington is
fortunate to be just a stone throw away from some of the prettiest natural
areas in Ontario. With a beautiful waterfront, hundreds of kilometers of hiking
trails, six conservation areas and a Provincial Park there is ample opportunity
to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.
From the weekend explorer to the avid adventurer, there is something for
Our heritage – Burlington has a rich history
and is home to two museums that reflect
our unique heritage. You can pick up a
copy of the heritage walking tours at our Visitor Centre then stroll the
downtown or art centre neighbourhood on a self-guided tour (outside only) of
the many historic properties in our core.
Photo courtesy of Rolly Astrom
Our arts community – not many people know
but the Burlington Art Centre is home to
the world’s largest collection of contemporary Canadian ceramics and is home to
seven guilds. They regularly features exhibitions in various mediums in
addition to their permanent collection.
In addition to The BAC, Burlington has a large arts community of working
and studios. Art in Action has a studio tour in
November each year which gives residents and visitors to get up close and
personal with local artists. There are
also several other studios, galleries and shops that are open to the public and
operate year round including Artists
Walk in historic Village Sqaure.
Our culinary scene – Burlington is becoming
known as a dining
destination with the variety and unique offerings of larger metropolitan
cities combined with the accessibility and service of a small town. We have amazing chefs working magic in their
kitchens and offering up gourmet fare.
From the culinary stylings of Chef Matteo at Blacktree to the local fare from Chef
Tobias at Red Canoe Bistro and
Chef Andrew at Spencers on the Waterfont
you are sure to find something to suit your tastes at any budget.
We want to wish you a
happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Tourism and if you need assistance
finding great things to see and do in Burlington drop by our Visitor
Centre, give us a call
or visit our website.