City of Burlington

Burlington is ranked as Canada best community.

Burlington, Ontario, with its population of 183,000, is ranked by Maclean's Magazine as Canada's best community and best place to raise a family.

Burlington is close to major transportation, to the cities of Hamilton and Toronto and to the U.S. border. We are fortunate to have the UNESCO world biosphere reserve Niagara Escarpment in our backyard and Lake Ontario in our front yard.

Burlington boasts great employment opportunities, low crime rates and a community feel. More than half of the city is protected rural space.

The city offers world-class urban amenities, including shopping and dining and is home to some of Ontario's top festivals and events. Attractions include the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.

Burlington is a prosperous city with a small-town feel that is home to more than 175,000 people.

  • 95 per cent of Burlington residents rate their quality of life as excellent or good.
  • You'll have fun getting active here, with waterfront activities, hiking on the Bruce Trail. We have 31.6 kilometres of multi-use trails and 84 kilometres of multi-use pathways along roads. Burlington has 119 parks and 5.6 kilometres of park land on the shore of Lake Ontario.
  • There is world-class dining at award-winning restaurants.
  • You can shop, visit art galleries--like the Art Gallery of Burlington--and theatres, like the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. Enjoy our Festival City for celebrations of Canada Day, the Burlington Children's Festival,  the Sound of Music and Canada's Largest Ribfest. Visit the Museums of Burlington, Bronte Creek Provincial Park or the world-renowned Royal Botanical Gardens.
  • We've put thought and effort into making Burlington an inclusive city with accessible public buildings and services.
  • Burlington is a culturally active city, and has developed a Cultural Action Plan with community input
  • Burlington is a youth-friendly city, and was awarded a Youth Friendly Community Recognition Award through Playworks - The Ontario Partnership for Active Youth
  • Burlington is a health-focused city. City Council contributed $60 million to the redevelopment of Joseph Brant Hospital.
  • Burlington preserves its history. We have legends, historic buildings and a proud heritage that goes back to 1798 and our founding father, Six Nations Captain Joseph Brant. The city first developed at Port Nelson and Aldershot, where goods such as wheat, fruit and lumber were transported by water. The desirable climate and waterfront location launched a history of agriculture, shipping and tourism.

Find out more about why Burlington's quality of life will make you feel at home.

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