The City of Burlington is conveniently located between Toronto and Niagara Falls, at the centre of southern Ontario’s “Golden Horseshoe.” The city boasts a population of 183,000.
Nestled between two defining geographical features – the Niagara Escarpment and the northwest shores of Lake Ontario – Burlington’s total land area is 187 sq. km (73 sq. miles or 46,300 acres). While Burlington’s urban area is located mainly south of the Highway 407, its agricultural, rural residential, several golf courses and conservation areas are in the northern reaches.
Burlington shares the temperate climate found in southern Ontario, generally continental with warm, humid summers and cold, damp winters. The city’s proximity to Lake Ontario moderates winter temperatures. Burlington also benefits from a sheltering effect of the Niagara Escarpment. Annual precipitation consists of about 71 cm (28 inches) of rain and 129 cm (51 inches) of snow. While easterly winds off the open waters of Lake Ontario add to the winter snowfall, the prevailing winds are from the southwest. The average date for a late spring frost is early May, and the first autumn frost occurs about mid-October.
The City of Burlington is the largest of the four municipalities that comprise the Regional Municipality of Halton. There are 6 Wards in Burlington served by a Mayor and 6 Ward Councillors – all sit on both the municipal council and Halton Region council. There are also federal and provincial government ridings in the Halton Region: Burlington, Oakville and Halton.
Burlington is located at the geographic centre of Canada’s largest consumer and industrial market and urban corridor – the “Golden Horseshoe.” The local economy is diverse and includes among its leading industrial sectors: food processing, packaging, electronics, motor vehicle and transportation, business services, chemical and pharmaceutical, and environmental.
Burlington is proud of its green city heritage with more than 581 hectares (1,436 acres) of parkland and a quality of life second to none. Recently, MoneySense Magazine rated Burlington the #1 mid-sized city in Canada to live. If swimming, skating or golfing is your bag, you’ll be happy to know Burlington offers 4 indoor and 2 outdoor pools, 3 splash pads, 12 ice pads, 6 community centres, and 9 local golf courses. Some of the best hiking in the world awaits you on the Bruce Trail and 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 welcomed event.
Through its Mundialization Committee, Burlington promotes itself as a “world community.” Mundialization, one of the oldest of municipal peace activities, encourages citizen connections as a way of fostering world peace and global understanding. Burlington is dedicated to the United Nations philosophy of peaceful co-operation among the peoples of the world. It encourages community understanding of different cultures and global issues while maintaining a “twin city” relationship with Itabashi, Japan and Apeldoorn, The Netherlands. Many ongoing community-based projects and events strengthen these ties.