Burlington is regularly rated one of the best cities in Canada to live in by MoneySense.

The city lies on the northwest end of Lake Ontario, between Toronto and Niagara Falls. Its total land area is 187 square kilometers. Burlington is divided by Highway 407, with its urban area in the south and its rural and agricultural area to the north. The 2016 census shows a population of 183,314.

City of Burlington Website
About Burlington

Burlington History

The Burlington area was occupied by aboriginal people for thousands of years before European settlers arrived. The first was French explorer Rene Robert Cavalier, who discovered the modern-day site of LaSalle Park in 1669. In 1784, the British rewarded Captain Joseph Brant with the land around Burlington Bay for leading a daring assault on an American camp during the U.S. War of Independence. Brant sold lots of this land at auction, and by 1900, Burlington became a thriving agricultural community.

History of Burlington
Burlington Historical Society

Burlington Weather

It’s partly cloudy year-round in Burlington, and the summers are pleasant and mild with an average high temperature of 26°C in July. The weather is freezing and windy from early December to mid-March, with average daily temperatures around 4°C and a low of -8°C in late January. The snowiest month is February, with an average snowfall of 10 millimeters.

Climate and Weather in Burlington
The Weather Network Forecast for Burlington

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Cost of living in Burlington

According to Numbeo, consumer prices are higher in Burlington than they are in Toronto, but the average cost of rent in Burlington is a full 26 percent lower. All living expenses in Burlington cost only a fraction of what they do in New York City. Consumer prices including rent are 43.25 percent lower in Burlington than they are in New York.

Numbeo: Cost of Living in Burlington
Cost Comparison: Burlington vs. Toronto

Real Estate

The average price of a house in Burlington is $810,667, and housing costs in Burlington and across Canada are continuing to rise. Apartments are similarly expensive, with a studio apartment costing an average of $845 and a two bedroom apartment listing for an average of $1,558.

Burlington Real Estate Trends
Houses for Sale in Burlington
Apartments for Rent in Burlington

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Hospitals

The Joseph Brant Hospital is located in the center of the city and offers emergency services, pregnancy care, cancer care, mental health care, a full diagnostic imaging department, and a Wellness House that offers physical and occupational therapy.

Joseph Brant Hospital
Joseph Brant Wellness House

Transportation

Burlington is a highly walkable city, and it’s also an official “Bicycle-Friendly Community” with a silver rating from the Share the Road Coalition because of its approximately 200 km of bike lanes and paths. It can be accessed by car via ON-407 and ON-403. Public bus transportation is offered by Burlington Transit, which also offers door-to-door transit for people with disabilities called Handi-Van.

Getting Around – City of Burlington
Burlington Transit
Handi-Van

Schools

Burlington is served by four school boards, including the Halton District School Board, the Halton Catholic School Board, Conseil scolaire Viamonde, and the French Catholic School Board. The Performance School of Music and Dance is also available for after-school and summer classes for all ages, including infants and adults. McMaster University in nearby Hamilton is a public research university that was ranked the fourth best in Canada by Times Higher Education magazine in 2017.

Burlington School Boards
Performance School of Music and Dance
McMaster University

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Hotels

Lodging in Burlington is practical and affordable without sacrificing luxury. The Waterfront Hotel, perched on the shore of Lake Ontario, has 129 newly-renovated rooms, a heated indoor pool, and beautiful panoramic views. If you want the personal touch of a bed and breakfast, try the Creekside B&B and Guest Suite. It’s the perfect lodging option for large families, featuring optional guest quarters, free parking for up to four vehicles, and a recreation room.

The Waterfront Hotel
Creekside B&B and Guest Suite

Restaurants

Burlington’s restaurant scene offers a diverse range of flavors, including everything from Indian and Korean food to pizzerias and burger joints. The pizzas at Son of a Peach Pizzeria are hand crafted and made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Paradiso is a great spot for private parties and date nights, and even offers a special date night menu on Mondays with a three course meal and two glasses of wine for only $60.

TripAdvisor Best Burlington Restaurants
Son of a Peach Pizzeria
Paradiso

Things To Do

One of the best things to do in Burlington is to enjoy its natural beauty. The Royal Botanical Gardens are composed of four distinct gardens filled with gorgeous flowers and blossoming trees that change with every season. On rainy or cold days, visit the Art Gallery of Burlington to view the latest exhibit and participate in a class or workshop.

Burlington Tourism
Royal Botanical Gardens
Art Gallery of Burlington