10Best Day Trip: Burlington Offers Nice Break from Niagara

Plenty to see and do in this bustling metro

Bruce Trail — Photo courtesy of James SaperWhatever the season, Burlington makes an excellent day trip from the Niagara Region and beyond. Located a short 45-minute drive from Niagara, this picturesque city has much to offer its residents and tourists alike. Whether you're keen on exploring the city's many trails, taking up golf on one of its 9 pristine courses, strolling through the impressive Royal Botanical Gardens, watching a performance at the new performing arts centre or spending the day taking in the history of the place, Burlington surely has it all and so much more for anyone who stumbles into this picturesque place.

The beauty of Burlington is that it's located along the water. Burlington Beach is a lovely area located just shy of the downtown core, so it's the perfect place to grab the kids, grab a chilled coffee and head out into the sun for the afternoon. Another lovely thing waterside is the Burlington Waterfront. Many locals come to the waterfront to enjoy an afternoon picnic or walk along the water. Take to enjoying the afternoon at The Dofasco Waterjet Plaza and revamped playground. By this body of water, there is certainly something to do for the whole family.

If it's a wee bit cold out to go jumping in the lake, we suggest you take to the slopes at the Glen Eden Ski Centre where you can get your fill of all things winter on 12 large slopes. Hike Canada's oldest footpath, The Bruce Trail, go outdoor ice skating at Spencer Smith Park or walk through The Festival of Lights with hot chocolate in hand.

The Bruce Trail, with over 1200 km of nature, is surely a place you will want to explore during the milder months. You truly will have to explore one of the many parks or conservation sites located within Burlington. Whether you hike to Hilton Falls or visit Mount Nemo Conservation Area, the natural beauty can be found in every nook and cranny of this bustling city.

Craving a history lesson or two? Explore the unique exhibits at the Joseph Brant Museum that brilliantly showcases Burlington's heritage, dazzle in all things interesting about the history of Joseph & Ruth Ireland at the Ireland House at Oakridge Farm, or best yet, visit the living history museum at the Bronte Creek Provincial Park. The Spruce Lane Farm House here masterfully recreates a glimpse of life back in the 1900's.

If art is on your mind, visit The Burlington Art Centre. With over 2,000 pieces in the collection, this is Canada's largest collection of contemporary Canadian ceramics; truly a sight to see. 

And with over 300 restaurants, Burlington will dazzle all your senses after a long day of exploring. We suggest enjoying an early dinner at Spencer's. This fine dining restaurant is located along the water's edge and is home to some brilliant creations no matter what you're in the mood for.

Burlington awaits, and as it is in such close proximity to Niagara, it's no wonder many make the short trek to this bustling city to explore all of its natural beauty. 

About Melaina Gasbarrino

One of Melaina's favorite shops in Burlington is the MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-Op). Whether you're looking for hiking or camping gear, MEC has it all and so much more.

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