MoneySense magazine has named it the best mid-sized city in Canada. Burlington is a unique city within the Greater Toronto Area that is defined by both significant urban and rural areas. We're proud of our clean, safe, close-knit neighborhoods, many employment opportunities and commitment to alternative ways of getting around. The City of Burlington's vision is to be a city "where people, nature and business thrive."
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 kilometer’s of multi-use trails and 84 kilometers of multi-use pathways along roads. Burlington has 119 parks and 5.6 kilometer’s 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 has agreed to contribute up to $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.
Living, visiting or doing business in Burlington means you're immersed in nature, part of what makes this one of the most livable cities in Canada. We're in the heart of Southern Ontario. The shores of Lake Ontario lap against one side and the cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, carves the other. On our doorstep lies Canada's oldest footpath and conservation corridor, the Bruce Trail, with more than 1,200 kilometer’s (745 miles) of nature. Burlington blooms with greenery, including conservation areas, waterfront parks and trails, the Royal Botanical Gardens and Bronte Creek Provincial Park. Sustainability and an environmental focus make sure we're planning for a prosperous city for years to come. Burlington is a sustainable city that offers walking and cycling opportunities, promotes community gardens and local food, and supports energy efficiency measures as well as local community environmental organizations.
The City of Burlington has kept both its agricultural and commercial roots. We've attracted business from across Canada and around the world, and more than 13,000 businesses employ more than 85,000 people here. Burlington is close enough to enjoy larger metropolitan centers like Toronto, yet far enough that land prices and property rents are lower. Burlington is part of the Golden Horseshoe and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The U.S. border and Southwestern Ontario are a short distance away, and three international airports are within a one-hour drive. Businesses recruit from a well-educated, skilled workforce of more than two million people within a 45-minute commute. Burlington features such industries as advanced manufacturing, software development, financial services, biotechnology, environmental and logistics.