We hit the jackpot when we decided to build Ironstone Condominiums in Burlington. The city is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in Cananda by MoneySense Magazine and we couldn’t agree more.  We think Burlington rocks and summer always give us more reasons to fall in love with this beautiful city. Here are 10 reasons why we love  summer in Burlington.

1. City of Burlington’s Movies Under the Stars

One of our favourite summer activities is to go catch a good flick. The City of Burlington  hosts Movies Under the Stars every week during the summer in various parks across the city. Grab a lawn chair or some blankets, bring your family and settle in to watch family favourites like Despicable Me and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

2. Rock climbing at Mount Nemo

Mount Nemo is one of the most popular rock climbing destinations in Southern Ontario. Whether you’re interested in more traditional climbing or climbing for sport, Mount Nemo is the place to be this summer. If you’re with the family and climbing isn’t their hobby of choice, Mount Nemo Conservation Area is also known for their amazing bird-watching opportunities.

3. Golf

With 9 courses within the city and 42 in the region, golfers are never short of a place to tee off in Burlington. Various clubs, such as The Golfer’s Academy also host summer camps for kids

4. City of Burlington’s Children’s Festival (August 17-18)

Held in August, the Children’s Festival is another top festival in Ontario. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Festival and they’re going crazy  - circus style! Be sure to bring your family for a weekend of fun-filled activities including juggling and sand sculptures.

5. Swimming

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This summer is shaping up to be a scorcher! There are many pools in Burlington that are open to the public and offer various options, including outdoor pools and splash pads.

6. Taste of Burlington

As Summerlicious comes to an end in Toronto, Burlington gets ready to bring back “A Taste of Burlington” running from July 21st to August 5th. Twenty-four of Burlington’s best restaurants will be offering three-course meals fixed at price points of $15 or $20 for lunch, and between $30 and $40 for dinner.

7. Joseph Brant Day Festival (August 5)

The festival is dedicated to Joseph Brant Thayendanegea, one of Burlington’s original settlers and a national figure. There are many activities, performances and even special historic re-enactments for all to enjoy. It is also the largest summer event in Burlington and helps to fundraise for museums in Burlington.

8. Canada’s Largest Ribfest (August 30-September 2)

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! Hosted in Spencer Smith Park on Labour Day weekend – be sure to bring your appetites

9. Garden Music Nights at Royal Botanical Gardens

Join fellow-music lovers for live music and good food at the Royal Botanical Gardens this summer! Weekly events include Wednesday’s Red-Hot Jazz and Cool Blues and Country Tuesdays. Live music, good company and delicious dining makes for the perfect summer evenings.

10. Spending the day at the Burlington Waterfront

The Waterfront Park is one of Burlington’s major attractions. Offering a beautiful view of the lake and beach, many come to ride their bikes or walk along the lake shore. Other spots to check out by the waterfront include: the Observatory, theRotary Centennial Pond Brant Street Pier and the Waterfront Trail.

Did we miss anything? What’s your favourite summer activity to do in Burlington?