Ask the Rocca Sisters: What’s Great About Burlington?
Welcome to our weekly feature, Ask the Rocca Sisters, where we answer the important questions from clients, colleagues and members of our community. This week our question comes from Jon S. from Toronto, who says “My wife and I are currently living in Toronto and would like to sell our condo and move somewhere with a yard. We’ve heard great things about Burlington but cannot make up our mind about whether it is for us. Our question is, simply, what does Burlington offer?”
Hi Jon! Tanya here, and as a proud Burlingtonian, I’m so happy to answer this question for you! Both Cathy and I live in Burlington, and we absolutely love it. Here’s why:
So Much to Do!
Burlington has developed from a quiet bedroom community to a savvy, revitalized waterfront city. Strategically located in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Burlington offers a quality of life that is second to none with great schools, shopping, dining, recreational facilities, parkland, festivals and nightlife all available within the city. MoneySense, a leading lifestyle and investment magazine, has named Burlington the #1 mid-sized city in Canada to live. The lake is accessible to all with Spencer Smith Park being the main access point. Some of the city’s attractions include Canada’s Largest Ribfest, the world-renowned Sound of Music Festival, the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, the Burlington Art Centre, and Spencer Smith Park, all located near in the downtown core. Additionally, the city attracts hikers, birders and nature lovers to the stunning Royal Botanical Gardens located on the border with Hamilton. The Gardens are in close proximity to a part of the Niagara Escarpment in the north end of the city and includes the Iroquoian section of the Bruce Trail. Other fantastic events to enjoy in Burlington each year include Art in the Park, Lakeside Festival of Lights, and the Burlington Jazz’n Blues Festival.
Green and Clean
Burlington is proud of its green city heritage with more than 1,436 acres of parkland. If swimming, skating or golfing is your thing, you’ll be happy to know that Burlington offers four indoor and two outdoor pools, three splash pads, 12 ice pads, six community centres, and nine local golf courses. Some of the best hiking in the world awaits you not only on the Bruce Trail but also on the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO-designated World Biosphere Reserve. The Waterfront Trail – part of the Niagara-on-the-Lake to Québec border trail – skirts the shores of Lake Ontario and Burlington Bay/Hamilton Harbour. The cream-coloured sandy beaches and tepid waters at Beachway Park make hot summer days a welcome event.
Modern and Convenient
Burlington is recognized as a progressive Great Lake City located along the Niagara Escarpment and offers a full-service hospital that has just undergone a massive redevelopment and expansion, quality schools, safe neighbourhoods and an all-around outstanding quality of life for its residents. Burlington is in the centre of the Golden Horseshoe with easy access to all major centres – just half an hour to Pearson International Airport and downtown Toronto and minutes to Hamilton and Oakville. Burlington has three Go Transit stations and a well-developed local transit system that will get you where you need to go.
For more information about Burlington and properties available here, or for help finding your dream home, please do not hesitate to contact us at 905.335.4102. Good luck, Jon, and we hope to see you around town soon!