Burlington does it again! The city once again made MoneySense Magazine’s list of the best places to live in Canada. It also took the number one spot on the list of best mid-sized cities in Canada. In light of this, we’ve decided to revisit our list of 8 reasons why Burlington is the place to be. We’ve also added two more reasons why we think Burlington rocks!

Mount Nemo

1) The Niagara Escarpment

The Niagara Escarpment is the most prominent topographical feature of southern Ontario and in 1990, it was designated a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO,  making it one of 12 in Canada. The Niagara Escarpment provides endless possibilities for nature enthusiasts and along its 725 kilometres length, you can find plunging cliff faces, pebbled beaches, waterfalls and wetlands.

2)  Mount Nemo

If rock climbing is your thing, then we highly recommend that you give Mount Nemo a go. It is one of the most popular climbing destinations in Southwestern Ontario and for good reason.It has spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and also has one of the best cliff ecosystems on Ontario’s Niagara Escarpment.

3) Climber’s Rock

Before you take on Mount Nemo, head over to Climbers rock first to get some practice and to perfect your climbing skills.  If you’re not into indoor rock climbing then don’t fret, they also offer yoga and pilates classes too!

4)  The Waterfront

Burlington’s picturesque Waterfront is one of its biggest draws. The wide promenade by the waterfront, offers a magnificent view of the lake and beach and it’s a great spot for  cycling, roller blading or simply walking. Other spots to check out by the waterfront include: the Observatory, theRotary Centennial Pond Brant Street Pier and the Waterfront Trail.

Spencer Smith Park

5) Spencer Smith Park

While at the waterfront, make sure to stop by Spencer Smith Park right on the shore of Lake Ontario. The park boasts a small beach and plenty of walking paths as well as a Japanese Garden and several performance areas. Definitely make a point to visit the Discovery Landing  Centre. It’s the perfect place for skating in the winter and has a water-jet play area for those hot summer days.

6) Canada’s largest Ribfest

True to its name, Ribfest really is the largest Rib festival in Canada. Every year, more than 150,000 people line up every year for this 4 day festival and stuf themelves silly with as many ribs as they can.  In  2009, 175,000 people  consumed more 150,000 lbs of ribs over the course of 4 the weekend!

7) Burlington’s Sound of Music Festival

The Sound of Music Festival is Canada’s largest free music festival that spreads along the city’s waterfront and into the downtown core. With more than 90 acts spread cross ten performance areas, you’re  likely to hear anything from Carly Rae Jepsen to Tom Cochrane.

8) Golf

Burlington is literally a Golfer’s Paradise.With 9 courses within the city and 42 in the region, golfer’s are never short of a place to tee off.

9) Hiking

Burlington is the perfect place to take a hike, There There are so many trails in the Burlington area that you could spend days exploring them all.  In total, all the main hiking trails combined cover a span of over 130 km. Hiking enthusiasts are definitely spoiled for choice.

10) The Royal Botanical Gardens

The Burlington Royal Botanical Gardens  is considered the plant biodiversity hotspot for Canada. More than 1,100 species of plants grow within  its 2,700 acre boundary and it has the world’s largest lilac collection. The Royal Botanical Gardens also hosts the not to miss Ontario Garden Show, which is the second-largest garden show in Canada.


Do you live in Burlington? Did we miss anything on our list? Tell us why you think Burlington is the place to be!