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Burlington, Ontario

Located on the northwest shore of Lake Ontario, and conveniently located within an hour of Toronto & Niagara Falls, the beautiful and vibrant city of Burlington awaits you. Burlington is conveniently located at the western end of the Greater Toronto area, and is just an hour north of the USA border. The Niagara Escarpment, Lake Ontario and the sloping plain between the escarpment and the lake make up the land area.

In 1798, as a reward for his support during the American Revolutionary War, the Mohawk Chief Joseph Brant was awarded 1,441 hectares (3,561 acres) of land by the British Crown. This territory ultimately evolved into the city of Burlington in 1974.

Brant's deed covered 3,724 acres, including lake frontage; it was there that Brant built his last home soon after he received the deed, and it was there that he died on November 24, 1807. There was a wave of Loyalist immigration at this time followed by an influx of European settlers. Besides farming, the community’s principal industry was the export of lumber for the construction of sailing vessels. After the decline of the lumber trade Burlington once again depended on farming and agriculture for its existence.

While visiting Burlington be sure to see the Burlington Art Centre with exhibitions of Canadian art including contemporary ceramic art. Admission is free. Another worthwhile museum to visit is the Joseph Brant museum where you can take a tour of a replica of the Brant Homestead. The Royal Botanical Gardens are a world renowned 2,700 acre wildlife retreat. A double decker bus takes visitors throughout the spectacular gardens.

For the nature enthusiasts there is also Bronte Provincial Park. This all-season oasis between Burlington and Oakville offers a place to unwind and step back in time. View living history demonstrations in a 1890s farmhouse. Children will enjoy the play area where they can pet the animals or romp in the outdoor playground. Camp overnight, swim in a huge outdoor pool, stroll along nature trails, or go for a bike ride. In winter, skate outdoors, go tobogganing and cross-country skiing. The day use and campground areas in this park are separate; each has its own entrance. The Waterfront Trail is a 23 km trail along Burlingtons’ bustling waterfront. The trail winds past upscale residential properties as well as off road trails with beautiful views of the lake.

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